There’s no question that debt can be overwhelming — not just financially, but also emotionally and psychologically. It’s just not easy to relax and enjoy life when in the back of your mind you’re constantly worried about the next phone call from a creditor or how you’re going to pay $1,000 of next month’s bills with only $250 in the checking account.
There’s good and bad reasons why Americans have gone into debt to a degree that goes beyond imagination. Education and healthy care – two of the most important parts of our lives – have reached a point where loans are necessary for almost every household. In addition to the excessive cost of school expenses and out-of-pocket medical expenses, an extremely challenging economy and weak job market make it all the more difficult to avoid sinking deeper and deeper into debt.
If this were not enough, we sometimes become our worst enemy when it comes to spending — bringing us to the not-so-good reasons why Americans find themselves up to their necks in debt. Behaviors such as binge shopping, gambling, trying to “keep up with the Joneses,” and shuffling multiple credit cards can plunge people into massive debt before they know it. Plus, because bad habits are hard to change, once people realize they have a debt problem, changing the behaviors that caused the problem is much, much easier said than done.
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