Craigslist Your Holiday Shopping List

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    Children wait with shopping bags inside Macy's department store on "Black Friday" shopping day November 26, 2010 in New York City. Christmas shopping season is officially under way as Thanksgiving ends, and early signs point to a solid turnout for holiday shopping season. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

    In tough times, the taboo of giving second hand gifts is not what it once was.

    Some parents on a budget are turning more to sites such as Craigslist to help them cross an item or two off Santa's list this holiday season.

    Those without cash can even try to barter there way up to a deal that will make their kids happy. Need a PlayStation for Christmas morning, well you might have an elusive Wii that someone is looking to score without the price tag.

    The beauty of sites such as Craigslist or SwampMamas is users can post what they are looking for. You don't have to sit around and wait for the perfect deal to fall straight to you.

    eBay of course is another way to find specific items you are looking for and chances are unless you are trying to buy this year's "it" toy, you can score a discount if you look long enough.

    Frugal shopping is all the rage in Europe these days, where giving used gifts is seen as both an economical and viable way to do holiday shopping.

    And you can feel good about it too. Exchanging unwanted gifts for wanted ones or buying something second hand helps Mother Earth out by reducing waste. It's a win-win for everyone, as long as you are patient, and lucky, enough to score the right deal.