EXPIRED: Save up to 50% off Melissa & Doug Plus Other Toys at Amazon TODAY!

I love Melissa & Doug toys. They are of such high quality, that any I buy for my kids last years and years.  I am so excited to see that Amazon is offering an assortment of these toys for 50% off or more all day today and in the days leading up to the holidays through their Black Friday Sales.

To see the sales, go to the Black Friday link, and click on the "Upcoming" tab.  You can see how much time you have left to get a deal.  (Note: These deals sell out very fast. They do offer a waitlist, so try to get on it if you miss a deal.  Many people add all the items they can to their carts, then have 14 minutes to complete checkout.  Sometimes, they change their minds or only end up buying some of the items, making the rest available to those on the wait-list.)

New this year is a feature that lets Amazon Prime Members have early access to some of the deals.  I purchased this Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Table for $10.19 (normally $16.99) plus free shipping, and I was able to add it to my cart minutes before it was even showing as available for Non-Prime members.

You'll definitely want to do the following to be sure to score these hot deals:

1. Join Amazon Prime . You'll get early access to deals, free shipping, and other perks, such as access to free streaming movies and TV, music, and photo storage. Plus, you'll get a free 30-day trial to use and see if you like it. That's long enough to shop throughout the holiday season!

2. Scroll through the upcoming deals, find the ones you're interested in, and set an alarm a couple of minutes before they begin so that you can sit at your computer and be ready to buy when they become available.

So far, I've purchased a few items on my kids wishlist for up to 50% off, freeing up the budget to do other things this season.  What Amazon deals have you scored this holiday?

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