Consumers' use of cash to make payments grew in 2009, a Federal Reserve Bank of Boston study released April 7 found.

While debit cards were still the most commonly used payment method, cash use increased. Consumers made an average of 19 debit card payments a month, compared with 18.4 for cash. In 2008, consumers reported making 21.2 debit card transactions a month and 14.5 cash transactions.

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