During the run up the Christmas we looked at charity giving – a truly top banana idea, top toys  and visiting Dubai.  As the year draws to a close we muse over the expected price drops in the Sales both online and on the high street.

The long nights of December will now begin to shorten as we flip past the winter solstice and look forward to a New Year.

What will the New Year Bring?


Traditional January sales now commence on Boxing day in the high street – some online shopping sites even switch prices during Christmas day hoping to steal  amarch on the insatioable demand for buying stuff.

Much of the sale stock is odd sized clothing and soon to be obsolete consumer electronics – as an old sage used to say

Something is only a bargain if you actually wanted it in the first place

The temptation to spend spend spend is thrust at you from all directions but canny shoppers can make the most of the price reduction merry-go-round.

Big ticket items such as living room furniture especially sofas (notice the drive to sell sofas pre-Christmas so family entertaining will be possibel over the holiday period)

Most high street shops have a huge selection of furniture available online.  Top banana tip is to see if you can reserve your furniture online at the super discount sale price then decide if its right for you and your home when you go to a store where it is on display.

Travel bargains flights and car hire

Anyone fortunate enought to be able to take a holiday in early December will have had the pick of the best deals but for those looking to grab some winter sun it is recommended that they wait for a few more weeks and then see what long distance holidays are going for a song.  The price of far away flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Thailand and Florida are often at their cheapest in late winter/ early Spring. For extra value look out for package holidays that include car hire. Orlando for example is the busiest car rental market in the world with every national company that offers car hire USA represented at the airport desk.

Here are some ideas what to do in Abu Dhabi and for those that can’t stay out of the reatil loop Smart Traveller’s Abu Dhabi shopping guide and a good selection of things to occupy you if you choose to fly to Orlando and holiday in Florida you’re sure to pick up some great ideas for road trips in the sunshine state on the best of USA Driving Holidays

Whatever you choose – stay safe, have fun and enjoy.

Until 2010 Top Banana fans – keep ’em peeled.