Believe it or not, fast food is no longer a cheap option for people when they want something to eat while on the go.

A Few weeks ago, my wife and I were traveling back from a weekend visiting friends in Maryland, on the way back stopped at a fast food joint. We got one burger, one drink, one thing of chicken nuggets, and a small fry. It came out to $24!

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I was shocked.

However, seeing how we don't eat fast food often figured that like everything else, the cost of fast food has increased drastically.

Apparently in New Jersey though we are paying more for fast food than in other states!

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Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash

Now, Jersey is an expensive state to live in, there's no arguing that.

Groceries are expensive, rent is expensive, and property tax is high. I still wouldn't trade living in Jersey for anything but it gets pricey.

Fast Food Is More Expensive In New Jersey Than In Other States.

Substantially too.

According to 24/7 Tempo, the average cost of an Uber Eats order in 2022 was just over $33, and since then it's risen.

A study was done analyzing the fast food and take-out menus of many popular restaurants like Mcdonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut Subway, Burger King, Popeyes, and Taco Bell across the country and looked at the prices.

Photo by Visual Karsa on Unsplash
Photo by Visual Karsa on Unsplash

In New Jersey, we're paying 5.06% more than the national average when we go out for fast food and when we visit chain restaurants.

The cheapest state in the country for fast food is Texas, which fell about 10% under the national average and Alaska was paying the most, 18% more than the national average for fast food and eating out.

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