Some Oregon consumers might be struggling with debt but may hesitate to file for bankruptcy. Many people may feel it is more honorable to pay debts and that filing for bankruptcy will stigmatize them. However, bankruptcy is a tool that is intended to offer people a fresh start. Many experts say waiting to file leaves people financially depleted and less able to take advantage of the benefits.
Families going through financial hardships have a lot on their plate. Student loans, medical debt and credit card debt starts to pile up and there’s barely room for anything else. Then the unthinkable happens, and your car is repossessed. It’s devastating enough that you now struggle with transportation. Necessary trips to school and the grocery store get that much harder.
Families in Oregon have many demands on their income. A credit card debt analyst at NerdWallet explained that the rising costs of housing, food and health care continue to strain budgets and sometimes lead to missed credit card payments. Research from the Federal Reserve Bank revealed that in 2017 people paid other debts, like mortgages and student loans, before their credit card bills. When money gets tight, people will skip payments on their credit cards.