Get the best deals on the top toys this holiday season

With the holiday shopping season seeming to come earlier each year, you may already be thinking about what you want to buy for your children this year.

Of course, you're probably considering the top toys on the market. If you remember Tickle Me® Elmo's popularity when it first became available, you understand these toys are in high demand and consequently come with a hefty price tag.

However, you don't have to strain your checking account to get your children the toys that are the talk of the town this holiday season. There are many tools available to consumers who want to get a deal.

One such resource is The Wall Street Journal's online Christmas Sale Tracker. This tool will follow the prices of the top 10 most popular gifts. The tracker collects the prices once every hour until Dec. 31 to give you an estimate of the best time to purchase the most sought-after gifts from several big-name retailers such as Amazon.com™ and Walmart™.

If you're not willing to check the tracker, the U.S. News & World Report said experts point to Cyber Monday, Black Friday's online shopping counterpart, as the top day to get the best deals on this year's hottest toys.

What children want this holiday season
Before you can start hunting for deals, you need to know what your kids want this holiday season. Here's a list of some of the most popular toys:

  • Disney's Frozen Sparkle Dolls: These dolls are based on characters from the recent Disney animated film Frozen, which was a box office hit. Many children want to get their hands on these dolls to reenact their favorite scenes from the movie.
  • Minecraft® products: This video game has gained a cult following, with its merchandise including role-playing toys, figures and even LEGO® sets.
  • Transformers Stomp and Chomp Grimlock: Although the Transformers films have often received lackluster reviews, the toys haven't lost any appeal. This set includes the characters Grimlock and Optimus Prime. The best feature may be Grimlock's ability to transform from a Tyrannosaurus Rex to a robot in one step, making this a great toy for your children.
  • LeapFrog LeapTV: If you want something more educational, this LeapFrog product is the way to go. This product has the motion-tracking features of popular video game consoles to get children moving while they learn.

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