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NFCC’s Bruce McClary Discusses the Importance of Communicating About Credit Card Debt

NFCC’s Bruce McClary Discusses the Importance of Communicating About Credit Card Debt

In a Nutshell: With credit card utilization rates increasing, consumers are taking on larger amounts of debt than in years past. This can lead to financial pitfalls that may be hard to overcome. One of the biggest barriers to receiving help can be the shame people associate with their mistakes. Bruce McClary of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling discussed these crucial issues with us, noting that consumers shouldn’t feel embarrassed about their missteps. Confronting them... read more »

Average Credit Card Debt by Age, State, and Income

Average Credit Card Debt by Age, State, and Income

Do you want to be average? Maybe yes. Maybe no. When it comes to credit card debt, being average gives you an idea of how much other people owe. That amount could be comfortable for you, or it could be more or less than you feel you can manage with your income and financial situation. Regardless of whether average is right for you, it gives you a benchmark from which to measure yourself against. Is your credit card debt similar to everyone else's? Or do you owe a lot more or less... read more »

15 Shocking Credit Card Debt Statistics

15 Shocking Credit Card Debt Statistics

The fact that U.S. consumers owe almost $900 billion in credit card debt may not be shocking, but $900 billion is an enormous amount of debt, especially when you consider that not everyone in the country has a credit card account. The average credit card balance is more likely in the range of $6,000 to $8,000. Why do these credit card debt statistics matter? Broadly speaking, they show how important credit card debt is in the U.S. economy. Without credit cards, would that $900... read more »

9 Ways to Refinance Credit Card Debt

9 Ways to Refinance Credit Card Debt

Card payments can take a big bite out of your monthly paycheck. If you're struggling to make those monthly payments, you may feel like you're fighting a never-ending battle. But what if there were a way — or several ways — to refinance, restructure or even eliminate your card debt and make your monthly payment smaller or even zero? Fortunately, there are such ways and you may be able to take advantage of them. Here are nine with some important pros and cons for each. 1.... read more »

11 Best Credit Cards to Pay Off Debt

11 Best Credit Cards to Pay Off Debt

If there were a true national pastime in America, acquiring debt might be it. From car loans to credit cards to student loans and even medical debt, Americans now owe more than at any point in history. In fact, according to the 2018 Planning and Progress Study by Northwestern Mutual, the average American has around $38,000 in personal debt, not including mortgage debt. If you’re feeling anxious lately about the amount of debt you are carrying, you’re not alone. Short of a huge... read more »

Adopt These 7 Credit Card Habits to Stay Out of Debt

Adopt These 7 Credit Card Habits to Stay Out of Debt

The average credit card debt per U.S. household hovers over $8,000. Although this number is shocking, it doesn’t mean you should cut up your cards and banish them from your life altogether. In fact, when used wisely, credit cards can actually improve your financial health. From increasing your credit score to offsetting everyday costs and travel expenses, and providing additional protection for big-ticket purchases, credit cards can be valuable tools toward managing your money... read more »

Household Credit Card Debt is on the Rise

Household Credit Card Debt is on the Rise

Although credit card debt can represent one of the most expensive ways to borrow money, the numbers show that Americans are relying more and more on this plastic form of financing. The average American household carries an alarming $8,284 in credit card debt, according to a recent study released by WalletHub. Even more disturbing than this sizable number is the fact that this study also finds many Americans are hardly managing their credit card debt effectively. The study suggests... read more »

7 Steps to Effectively Manage Post-Holiday Credit Card Debt

7 Steps to Effectively Manage Post-Holiday Credit Card Debt

No matter how long ago the holiday season was, that debt can often linger for much of the following year. And just when you've escaped last year's debt, the next holiday season starts to loom. If your credit card bill is making you feel stressed, you’re not alone. A report from Magnify Money found that consumers who took on holiday debt in 2018 racked up an average of $1,230, and the average seems to rise every year. Although there’s not much you can do about your past... read more »

New Discover Survey Shows Many College Graduates May Need Multiple Jobs to Pay Off Student Loans

New Discover Survey Shows Many College Graduates May Need Multiple Jobs to Pay Off Student Loans

In a Nutshell: More than 1.1 million borrowers defaulted on their student loans in 2016 alone. While a sluggish job market caused some of those defaults, many of the issues stem from borrowers lacking the knowledge needed to prepare for repayment when they apply for loans. Discover Student Loans recently conducted a national online survey of 2,015 students, former students, and parents in the US to determine their perceptions on repaying student loans and the impact of repayment on... read more »

Advantage Credit Counseling Service Takes a Holistic, Non-Judgmental Approach to Tackling Consumer Credit Card Debt

Advantage Credit Counseling Service Takes a Holistic, Non-Judgmental Approach to Tackling Consumer Credit Card Debt

In a Nutshell: The majority of Americans live in debt. While most of this debt is tied to mortgages and student loans, consumers owe trillions of dollars in combined credit card, medical, and other loan debts. With so many Americans living paycheck to paycheck, these debts can quickly spiral out of control and become a burden that is too heavy to bear. Since 1968, Advantage Credit Counseling Service (ACCS), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has helped thousands of consumers better their financial... read more »

9 Best Credit Cards for Paying Down Debt

9 Best Credit Cards for Paying Down Debt

With so many credit cards out there these days, finding the best credit cards for paying down debt may seem like an impossible task. Well, you've come to the right place. Ten years ago in this country, a lot of things hit their peak; the stock market, government bond interest rates, and the amount of revolving debt carried by American consumers. The Great Recession led to a wave of contraction by the banks, the government, and by the rest of us. Since 2008, however, the stock market... read more »

9 Best Debt Consolidation Loans & Credit Cards in 2020

9 Best Debt Consolidation Loans & Credit Cards in 2020

When it comes to finding the best debt consolidation loans and other options, a solid strategy is key. In the article below, we've compiled some of our top picks for personal loans and credit cards to consolidate debt. Many of the most successful chess players plan their moves out several rounds in advance, with contingencies already considered should their opponent not move as predicted. This ensures they're not making rash moves that could cost them a piece — or the game. The... read more »

2018 Credit Card Debt Statistics: Average U.S. Debt

2018 Credit Card Debt Statistics: Average U.S. Debt

Let's talk about credit card debt statistics. March of 2018 saw the sixth rise of the federal funds rate — and, thus, the U.S. Prime Rate — since 2015, a marker of the continued growth of the U.S. economy since its lows in the late 2000s. But while economists may hail the increase as a positive sign, average consumers may not feel so positive about an increase in their interest rates — particularly not the 50% of consumers with credit card debt that just got more expensive. ... read more »

3 Best Credit Card Loans for Bad Credit in 2020

3 Best Credit Card Loans for Bad Credit in 2020

Credit card loans for bad credit can offer opportunities to get out of the interest-heavy debt that those who have made some financial missteps often find themselves trying to escape. The concept of "everything in moderation" is one that is often easier said than done — as anyone who has ever waddled away from an all-you-can-eat buffet can surely attest. But while tossing moderation to the wind in favor of a third buttery yeast roll might just give you indigestion, other excesses... read more »

6 Best Loans to Pay Off Credit Card Debt in 2020

6 Best Loans to Pay Off Credit Card Debt in 2020

It can be seriously tempting to try your hand at credit card churning after reading one of the thousands of online tales of cardholders using points and miles to practically get to the moon and back. But what is a little less publicized is that for every successful churner, there's likely an unsuccessful cardholder sitting on a lot of credit card debt. Even if churning isn't an issue, the ease and convenience of credit cards — and their double-digit APRs — have gotten many... read more »

Clarifi: Serving the Financial Counseling Needs of the Greater Delaware Valley for More Than 50 Years

Clarifi: Serving the Financial Counseling Needs of the Greater Delaware Valley for More Than 50 Years

In a Nutshell: For more than 50 years, residents of the Greater Delaware Valley area have turned to Clarifi for financial education, counseling, and coaching services designed to meet the expanding needs of today’s consumers. Originally founded as a nonprofit to help clients manage credit card debt, Clarifi has added expert advice on buying a home, eliminating alternative sources of debt, and starting a business to its existing lineup of services. In addition to one-on-one... read more »

What is the Average Credit Card Debt in American Households?

What is the Average Credit Card Debt in American Households?

No matter what you received under the tree, the average American adult started the new year with the gift that keeps on giving: credit card debt. In fact, more than two-thirds of shoppers used credit cards to finance their holiday purchases in 2017, which means many of us started 2018 with more than $1,000 in extra credit card debt. And that's hardly all the credit card debt Americans dealt with in 2018. Collectively, the total revolving debt in the U.S. has topped $1.011 trillion,... read more »

9 Best Ways to Pay Off Credit Card Debt from Debt Expert Beverly Harzog

9 Best Ways to Pay Off Credit Card Debt from Debt Expert Beverly Harzog

If your credit card spending has gotten out of hand and it's time to pump the brakes, you've come to the right place — keep reading for the best ways to pay off credit card debt. The convenience and rewards offered by credit cards have made them one of America's favorite ways to pay. But a significant thing happens if you start to mistake that little piece of plastic for free money: you end up with a big ole heap of credit card debt. Swiping a card is quick and easy, and for many... read more »

Credit Counselling Society: A Nonprofit Advocating on Behalf of Consumers to Address & Improve Canadian’s Financial Situations

Credit Counselling Society: A Nonprofit Advocating on Behalf of Consumers to Address & Improve Canadian’s Financial Situations

In a Nutshell: Since 1996, Canada’s largest network of credit counselors, the Credit Counselling Society, has helped hundreds of thousands of clients achieve financial literacy and climb out of debt with solutions tailored to their individual circumstances. Committed to providing educational resources and tools, CCS looks to solve financial problems at the root, which often tends to be due to a lack of financial literacy. As partners on the journey to financial wellness, CCS is in... read more »

LSS Financial Counseling: Expert Guidance Helps You Pay Off Credit Card Debt Through Individualized, Cost-Efficient Repayment Plans

LSS Financial Counseling: Expert Guidance Helps You Pay Off Credit Card Debt Through Individualized, Cost-Efficient Repayment Plans

In a Nutshell: Credit card debt is, unfortunately, about as American as apple pie, and in August of 2017, the Federal Reserve reported the highest collective debt in history. People often bear the burden of debt with shame and overwhelming confusion. That’s why organizations, like Minnesota-based LSS Financial Counseling, specialize in such crucial services. The nonprofit’s financial counselors help people wade the waters of student loans, foreclosure prevention, and credit scores,... read more »

How Consolidated Credit’s Debt Management Program Helps Lower Your Credit Card Interest and Pay Off Your Debts in 3 to 5 Years

How Consolidated Credit’s Debt Management Program Helps Lower Your Credit Card Interest and Pay Off Your Debts in 3 to 5 Years

In a Nutshell: Combined credit card debt in the US is now over $1 trillion, which means more than a few Americans could use some help in getting out of the red. Consolidated Credit is a nonprofit that steps in when people need it most. Although it provides people with other types of financial advice on topics like purchasing homes and building savings, Consolidated Credit is best known for working with people to pay off credit card debt and reduce the high interest rates that often... read more »

Get Out of Debt and Into Earnings: GreenPath™ Guides Your Financial Journey, Helping You Pay Off Loans and Reach Your Financial Goals

Get Out of Debt and Into Earnings: GreenPath™ Guides Your Financial Journey, Helping You Pay Off Loans and Reach Your Financial Goals

In a Nutshell: GreenPath was born as a budgeting and financial education service out of the Michigan Credit Union League in 1961. A decade later, it was already expanding into other states, and today, it has offices in 18 states, at 60 different locations, with more than 450 employees. Although founded to help people through financial crises, the nonprofit has expanded its focus to help people achieve their financial goals. Its team of experts in various areas of finance, including... read more »

Bills.com: Educational Resources & Tools that Help Americans Understand Their Options for Getting Out of Debt & Improving Credit

Bills.com: Educational Resources & Tools that Help Americans Understand Their Options for Getting Out of Debt & Improving Credit

In a Nutshell: Consumer debt remains one of the biggest challenges many Americans face in their struggle for financial freedom. Consider that the average household with credit card debt pays nearly $1,300 per year in interest payments alone. Bills.com is a consumer finance portal that provides tips and advice designed to help consumers understand their options for handling debt, improving their credit score, and even finding the best mortgage. Using tools like Debt Navigator and Money... read more »

10 Best Credit Cards After Bankruptcy Discharge – (Rebuild Credit)

10 Best Credit Cards After Bankruptcy Discharge – (Rebuild Credit)

While no one likes to admit defeat, sometimes our debts simply get the better of us and bankruptcy may become the only option for a better financial future. Unfortunately, your credit will see lasting negative impacts from a bankruptcy, but you can repair your credit with some hard work -- and a lot of patience. One of the first steps you should take after your bankruptcy is complete is to check all three of your credit reports. Make sure all of the accounts that were affected by... read more »

Money Under 30: How David Weliver Paid $80K in Debt in 3 Years & Documented It as a Resource for Young Adults

Money Under 30: How David Weliver Paid $80K in Debt in 3 Years & Documented It as a Resource for Young Adults

In a Nutshell: David Weliver paid off $80,000 in combined student loan and credit card debt in just three years by committing to increasing his income and decreasing expenditures. During his journey to overcome substantial debt, he began blogging about his accomplishments and MoneyUnder30.com was established as a resource for young adults in similar situations. Today it is a leading personal finance website that provides approachable, nonjudgmental financial advice to 500,000+ monthly... read more »

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