Get your holiday shopping started for less

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

Halloween is over and the holiday shopping season is officially in full swing. 

I found some great deals to help get your shopping started for a lot less.

Amazon and Walmart have already started their Countdown to Black Friday deals

Today only (11/3) you can head over here to pick up a highly-rated award winning Plama car ride-on toy for just $34.98, half off the normal $69.95 price. These are a high sell out risk and are wonderful for kids 3-8. If you have Amazon Prime, you'll get free shipping, otherwise add a small item to get your order up to $35 so you're eligible for FREE super saver shipping. You could add this Crest 3D White Luxe toothpaste for $2.97 (usually $5.42) when you click "clip coupon". Since shipping is usually $9.11 for this item, you'll actually pay LESS when you buy the toothpaste (and you'll have clean teeth). My goal is for all of us to never pay for shipping this holiday season.

If you have a "Frozen" lover in your life, head over here to pick up an Elsa throw for $9.96. This gets great reviews and you'll avoid shipping charges when you choose to pick it up at the store closest to you.

Now onto the TVs. You don't have to stand in line for days or battle Black Friday crowds to get a great deal on a television this year.

Click here to pick up a 46" RCA 1080p LED HDTV for $299 shipped (usually $499.99). You won't even have to pay for gas!

If you want an even bigger TV, head over here to get a 50" Sceptre for $349 shipped (usually $599.99).

If you want to get your house looking festive, head over here to get two airblown holiday inflatables for just $25 ($12.50 each). I would order online and pick up at the Walmart closest to you so you don't pay for that pesky shipping charge.

If you have tools on your holiday shopping list, click here to automatically take $25 off your $100 purchase of Makita tools. This is in addition to Amazon's discounted prices.

The daily deal sites have some fun holiday gift ideas too. Head over here to get a certificate for $30 to spend at The Body Shop for $15 or a certificate for $50 to spend for $25. This would make excellent teacher gifts and stocking stuffers.

This one is perfect for anyone on your list. Click here to get a box of Harry and David Royal Riviera Pears for $13 plus shipping, over half off the normal $26.95 price.

Enjoy the deals and remember that I'm scouring the ads and websites every day so you don't have to. I love finding the very best deals and sharing them via my free daily e-mail (you can sign up here), my Alicia's Deals facebook page, and Twitter.

Deals Diva Alicia Markham has one goal -- to help you live life better for less.

"I only post deals I truly love and would buy or participate in myself," she says.

A stay-at-home mom of two, Markham describes herself as frugal and says she is passionate about saving money. She wants to help you hang on to your hard-earned dollars, too.

"I think it's so important to save without sacrificing your quality of life," she says.

Markham's blog won Phoenix Magazine's Best of the Valley recognition in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and Arizona Foothill's Magazine's Best of Our Valley recognition.

If there's a deal to be had, Markham will find it and share it with you.

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