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(Tampa) -- Holiday shoppers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are getting an early start and spending more money on gifts. More than half (51 percent) have already started buying gifts, according to AAA Consumer Pulse Holiday Shopping Survey.

Although consumers plan to spend more money this year, 43 percent plan to buy more gifts on sale. Nearly 73 percent say they will shop discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target, or plan to shop on the internet at sites like eBay and Amazon.com.

People plan to forgo crowded stores this year as well, with more than half of consumers (58 percent) planning to shop during Cyber Monday. Meanwhile, there's a 10 percent decline in consumers who plan to shopon Black Friday for a total of 46 percent of shoppers.

The AAA Consumer Pulse Survey was conducted October 25 - 27, 2012 online among residents of Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. A total of 629 residents completed the survey, with 584 planning to purchase gifts during the 2012 holiday season.

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