Tracking Down Hot Holiday Toys And Gifts At The Best Prices

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Every year there is one must have hot holiday toy, and 2014 is no exception.

According to the experts, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Frozen merchandise will top many Christmas lists.

For older kids and teens, it is all about technology or smart phones - the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition, Just Dance 2015 video game, and the Razor Power Rider 360 Electric Tricycle to name a few.

10TV looked at some strategies to get your hands on the must haves for the Holiday Season, while also beating the rush at the stores.

Logging on can be the quickest way to secure an item you want.

For example, you may want to look at www.istocknow.com for the iPhone 6 with 64 gigs. In fact, you can monitor Apple gadgets from just about any store – including Apple, Best Buy and Target.

Social media may be one way to track down what you are looking to buy. Retailers, including Toys R Us, are using social media. The company is tweeting when shipments of hot toys are going out. They also post reminders of what is hot during the holidays.

Stretching a Buck blog author Marcy Robison says Amazon is one of her 'go to' sites. Her blog usually features highlights from Amazon's holiday list each day.

“Disney Frozen items are a hot this year. They were a lot harder to find last year, but I've already started grabbing things,” said Robinson.

You should also book mark Time to Play: www.TTPM.com. If you sign up for a free membership and get email notifications, the site will alert you when a sold out toy appears online. TTPM tracks 15 retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us.

Finally, log on to the Christmas sale tracker – graphics.wsj.com/Christmas-Sale-Tracker/. It is from The Wall Street Journal with a bold message: "Track what retailers do, not what they say." You choose what you're looking for and see where it is sold and where you can find the best price.