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Many consumers in the dark about credit card debt consequences

With the Great Recession nearly a distant memory, many people have begun to recover from financial challenges and are braving credit cards and other loans again. It can be good for Eugene residents to borrow in some cases. In other cases, this can lead to renewed financial woes. Credit card debt is especially challenging and can be difficult to recover from.

Debt collectors pursue one-third of population

While what is termed as the Great Recession of a few years ago is reportedly gone, that does not mean that financial challenges have completely vanished. Many an Oregon resident continues to struggle to wipe out credit card debt or consider bankruptcy as a means to get a fresh financial start. Consumers will always need to balance income with expenses and factors like unemployment, divorce and unexpected medical costs can make that difficult.

Oregonians lower average credit card balances

Many factors can affect a person’s financial health or challenges. Loss of employment, unexpected medical expenses, divorce and more are among some of the most common situations that negatively impact Oregon consumers’ ability to remain financially solvent. In tough times, many people can rely on credit to get by. That can be helpful but it can also lead to serious credit card debt. If not well managed, this too can become a source of difficulty.

New ideas to help reduce debt and improve credit

Even before the recent recession, many people in Oregon and throughout the country struggled with debt. From credit card debt to medical expenses or tax bills and more, there is no end to the type of debt which can cause serious problems for consumers. Some people try to decide if working to keep paying off debt or if filing for bankruptcy is the better option. There is no one-size-fits-all answer for that as each situation is completely unique.

Credit card debt rate increases as economy strengthens

As the national economy works to continue rebounding, Oregon residents also look to the state and local pictures for signs of ongoing improvement. During the recessionary years, many people throughout Oregon were hit hard by credit card debt, unemployment, medical expenses and more. Some people chose to file for bankruptcy, others worked with creditors to identify acceptable payback options. Still more struggled with delinquent payments and high interest charges. Ironically, credit card debit is associated with both financial challenges and a healthy economy.

Tips to reduce credit card debt this holiday season

With the holidays just around the corner, many Americans will be incurring more credit card debt buying gifts and gadgets at deeply discounted prices. No matter how low the sales price, however, it isn’t a good deal if you will be paying interest on your purchase for the next year. Instead, we urge our readers in Lane County who are struggling with credit card debt to resist using plastic to pay for holiday presents and use some of that holiday bonus to buy gifts; the rest can be used to pay down the balance.

Financial impact of marriage after individual bankruptcy

There are many different reasons that couples in Lane County, OR choose to get married—to celebrate love, to start a family and to enjoy financial benefits. That last one might not be very romantic, but it is very real. Married couples often qualify for a lower tax bracket, realize cost savings on insurance and can qualify for a larger home by purchasing it together. That being said, before you take out a loan together it is important to take the financial history of each person into account.

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