What do we spend our money on? You might be surprised

By JJ Feinauer

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 photo, a cashier hands a customer his change and receipt during a transaction at a Sears store, in Henderson, Nev.

Julie Jacobson, Associated Press

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Americans increased charitable contributions by 11.2 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics latest economic news release on consumer expenditures.

The report charts the spending habits of the average consumer unit from 2010 to 2012.

As the charts below demonstrate, expenditures such transportation and cash contributions increased dramatically from 2011, while clothing expenses have seen significant reductions and spending on housing only saw modest increases.

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