There are some great deals to be had right now if you are keeping your eyes open. Now is the perfect time to start stocking up on gifts for birthdays and upcoming holidays. And yes, even Christmas. Amazon is having some great deals on toys. I have seen Fred Meyer's slashing their clearances prices every week. Today they had prices marked down an additional 70%! You have to take advantage of deals like that, but you don't want to go overboard. It is easy to spend more than you want when everything is so deeply discounted. However, you have to hit the stores or online websites with a game plan. Make a list of the number of boy and girl gifts you think you may need in the next few months to a year. Then stick to that number. Also, now is the best time to keep your eye out for a jacket or other cold weather gear you may need for next year. Several stores in the mall have been having some great clearance sales, like Macy's and The Children's place. You can also save more when you use a coupon that will usually work on clearance prices as well. And when you are shopping online don't forget to do a search for a coupon code before you check out! Even Amazon has a Coupon Page. Have fun shopping and enjoy your savings!