How often U.S. consumers use their debit cards to shop each month increased last year, as did how much they bought, new survey data show.

Auriemma Consulting Group conducted an online survey of 475 U.S. adult debit cardholders in January and found that most respondents used their debit cards more often and spent more on them than they did a year earlier. Auriemma queried a similar consumer group on the same topic in January 2011.

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