AOL Living 11/25/08 AOL Living
Doorbuster Secrets

Karen Hoxmeier, the Murietta, CA, founder of, says that one alternative to the madness is to forego the "It" toy and over-hyped sales. "I do a lot of shopping throughout the year. If I see something in July that one of my kids might want, I buy in then and stick it away. The same if I see something on clearance in a store. I keep it in a gift closet."