Let the holiday hard-sell commence!

Plane with vapour trail spelling out 'sale'

Once the Christmas spending splurge is over, the last thing I want to do is to buy another big ticket item like a holiday. But travel companies want us to start buying holidays as soon as Santa’s finished his rounds.


Your smartphone can help keep fuel costs down

Three petrol pumps on a green background

Like many people, the festive season involves once-yearly trips around the country to visit relatives.  I’m always on the look out for ways to cut my motoring costs, so I’ve given fuel apps a quick test drive…


Classic movies – better on Blu-ray disc?

Blade Runner Blu-ray case

The Blu-ray format’s only been with us for six years, but it’s already facing stiff competition from on-demand services. But if you want to revisit the growing number of beautifully-restored classics, it’s impossible to beat.


Gift cards: the gift that can stop giving

Gift card in hands

Gift cards and vouchers are offered by all manner of retailers, providing an easy gift option for some. But as your consumer rights on gift cards are severely limited, should you consider other options instead?


What are your family’s Christmas traditions?

Christmas present in front of a Christmas tree

If there’s anything I’m fiercely protective of, it’s my family’s Christmas traditions. And when I started asking around the office, I found I wasn’t the only one who clings on to tradition throughout the holidays.


How old is too old for Christmas pressies?

Angry man with Christmas hat

There’s nothing like buying Christmas presents to cause family fallouts. My latest is about the age you stop giving gifts to the youngens. Do you stop at 18-years-old? Or do you just keep on giving indefinitely?