The vast majority of Illinois residents have some type of debt. Mortgages, student loans, auto payments -- they all seem to be a common part of life for most these days. But there is one type of debt in particular that is becoming more common and a plague on Illinois families and that is credit card debt.
Everyone has unexpected expenses that pop up. Not everyone has the money to cover those expenses, however. When this happens, many people in Illinois and elsewhere may find themselves using their credit cards for more than they normally would. This in turn may lead to credit card debt that can quickly grow out of control.
Credit scores can be complicated to figure out. Big and small things can have a negative impact on your score. In order to rebuild your credit after a significant drop, it is recommended that you use credit cards. However, Illinois residents need to beware credit card debt in the process.
Quite a few people in the United States depend on credit cards to survive. As of the latest report, credit card debt has reached over $1 trillion dollars, the highest it has been since the Great Recession. Illinois residents who find themselves in over their heads financially may qualify for some level of debt relief.
Filing for bankruptcy can help to alleviate insurmountable debt that a person may be suffering with. It’s a legal status, indicating to creditors that the individual who filed is unable to repay debts. For Americans, credit card debt is becoming a way of life.
The use of credit cards has been rising in the United States for decades. The result of a cost of living, including medical costs and other sometimes unexpected necessities, that has tended to outstrip real wage gains for the working class, has been that many people are thousands of dollars in debt. Add in the prevalence of high-interest rate cards being available for people with less satisfactory credit, and the pushing by the popular media of a consumer mindset, and you have the makings of a debt crisis in Illinois and across the country.
Some people in Illinois may find credit cards to be frivolous. After all, with a swipe of the card any luxury item can be purchased without thought about how the card owner is going to pay the debt back. However, credit cards are often used for much more necessary purposes. A car repair, a medical bill, even food or gas may all get put on a credit card when a person has no other means to afford these basic life necessities.
During tax season, it is popular for tax preparation companies to advertise refund anticipation loans to placate people who just can’t wait for their refund checks to arrive. These loans are high interest, high risk loans that consumers should stay away from, but given the advertised sales for a number of items (particularly vehicles), it is not surprising that these loans have such a following.
The reports on the national economy for the last several months have been mostly positive. However, there is always one big issue that could be a potential wrecking-ball: debt. Millions of Americans are dealing with debt of all kinds: student loan debt, mortgage debt and, perhaps most important of all, credit card debt. For those Illinois residents who are facing thousands of dollars in credit card debt, a recent article had a few tips on how to dig out from this hole.
Illinois debtors who are experiencing financial trouble and are determining how to proceed might find themselves being contacted by creditors. In some instances, this contact in an attempt to collect on consumer debt might be deemed as creditor harassment. Many debtors are not aware of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and how it protects them from certain forms of contact. Understanding the law and the protections it affords consumers is important when trying to stop these calls and other forms of contact.