• Widget (noun) -  A small gadget or mechanical device, especially one whose name is unknown.

Consider this a tale of two widgets. On the left is a fine widget. It does what you need a widget to do. It costs $10.

On the right is another widget, similar size, similar performance, similar everything. Except the widget on the right was proudly made here in New Jersey. It costs $12.20.

Are you paying more? Yes, according to a study by HostingAdvice.

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The study found New Jerseyans were willing to pay on average 22% more if the product had a “Made in Jersey” label. Is it like this everywhere? Does every state have this much home pride?

Not even close. New York is only willing to shell out 8% more. In fact New York was the state willing to pay the least more for a product made there. The state where they’d pay the most? Hawaii. 35% more.

Pennsylvania had slightly more pride than we do though. They would pay 24% more. Delaware? Better than New York, but only 16% more.


Which products are people most willing to pay more for if it’s made in their state?

  1. Health and beauty products
  2. Clothing and apparel
  3. Cars and car parts
  4. Electronics
  5. Home appliances
  6. Furniture and home decor
  7. Food and beverages (e.g., specialty foods, craft beer)
  8. Sporting goods and outdoor equipment
  9. Children’s products (e.g., toys, clothing)
  10. Jewelry and accessories
  11. Construction materials (e.g., flooring, tools)

Items now too expensive for NJ so spend money on

Buzzfeed recently conducted a survey that asked folks what they're cutting back on in an effort to try and save money. Although not everything on that survey relates to New Jerseyans, the ones that mainly do are listed below.

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

15 US Cities You Can't Afford In 5 Years + The most expensive in NJ as of now

According to Financebuzz.com, you're not going to be able to afford these 15 cities in 5 years across the US. Plus a look at 5 of New Jersey's least affordable places today.

Gallery Credit: Kyle Matthews, Mike Brant

Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.

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