As holiday shopping really gets underway in the Garden State, we're looking into spending and gift giving habits this year.

I'm gonna be honest, I'm a little low on funds heading into this holiday season. Everything these days, from groceries to gas, is just so expensive. Life, am I right?

Perhaps that circumstance is the reason why Black Friday shopping was reported up by 7.5% this year compared to 2022, according to CNBC. Shoppers need to score deals!

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Still, I'm putting together a little money here and there to treat my family and friends this Christmas.

Curious how much the average New Jersey shopper plans to spend on gifts this holiday season?

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I can tell you this, according to new research, New Jersey is a hair above the national average for how much we intend to shell out for presents.

According to the team at BetOhio, 21 percent of Americans look to spend between $500-$1000 this year.

Here in New Jersey, 25 percent of shoppers will spend that same amount, roughly $500-1000.

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I'll likely be in the 30 percent that spend between $250-500. And I'll definitely be getting creative with arts and crafts, lol.

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Is the data on par with how much YOU plan to spend this Christmas?

FYI, 3 percent of Americans polled by BetOhio say they don't intend to buy any gifts at all this year.

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