Holiday shoppers plan on spending
more this year and shopping at online or discount stores this year, according
to AAA's Consumer Pulse Survey released this week.
shoppers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are getting an early start on buying
gifts this year and are planning to spend more, according to the survey.
earlier jump on holiday shopping could indicate that consumers are being more
strategic about their purchases so they can get the best deal.
showed that 51 percent of holiday shoppers have already started buying gifts.
That is an increase from 46 percent in the year-earlier period.
half of shoppers - or 62 percent - plan to spending the same amount of money as
last year, but 14 percent of respondents said they plan on spend more money.
That is a 40 percent increase from 2011.
percent of shoppers plan on buying more gifts on sale. A whopping 73 percent of
shoppers plan to do their holiday shopping at discount stores and 72 percent
plan to shop online at sites such as eBay and Amazon.
Click here to view full survey and year-over-year
comparisons from 2009 to 2012.