On the whole I am not at all surprised by these figures. Transportation costs
have increased: gasoline has increased in price hasn't it? I don't
think that cars are any cheaper either and fares only go up, not down.As the recession is prolonged people who are blessed to have work feel the
need to extend charitable contributions to those in need, so they are
increased.I take it that "Other" expenditures, a few
thousand dollars annually, is mostly the category in which property tax and
sales tax falls. Sounds about right.