CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Maryland families are predicted to spend more on holiday gifts this year than last.
The average Maryland family is expected to spend around $749.51 on gifts and save more than $632 by buying gifts online, according to TopCashback.com, a cashback rebates site.
Some Maryland residents say those numbers are an indication of an improving economy.
"I think we are still not doing as well as we need to do, but I believe Obama is on the right track and I think that he is helping the middle class," said Sharon Gordon of Chestertown.
But not everyone agrees, like Shirley Tolley of Cambridge, who said there are still many families hurting financially.
"I just don't think the economy has improved that much, I really don't," Tolley said. "With the storm that hit us, people are donating, and are other families that have been in the flood. I just can't see it, I really can't."
Not only will Maryland families be spending more, but according to TopCashback.com, many will be doing it by the click of a mouse.
"Oh, I shop online all the time," said Diane Breig.
"It's easier, you don't have to run around to different stores looking for something. You can go online and your done and over with," said Darlene Windsor.
Online spending is expected to reach $43 billion this holiday season. Breig said online shopping is good for specific items, but not all.
"If it's an electronic gift, definitely do it online," Breg said. "But if it's a more personal gift like clothes or a toy, I would like to see that in person."
For Sharon Gordon, buying in person is the only way to shop.
"I am not an online person. I would rather be there in person deciding if that's what I really want," Gordon said.
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