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Signs you have too much debt

Going into debt is a normal part of life for most Americans. Significant purchases such as a house or car usually require loans. Emergencies happen, medical or otherwise, and you may have to max out your credit cards. The causes of debt are numerous.

Tips for paying off credit card debt

Mississippi residents have helped Americans as a whole generate a total of over $1 trillion in credit card debt. Those who want to pay off that debt have several options to do so. However, the best option may be to start with the credit card that has the highest interest rate. This is because reducing the principal balance on that card also reduces the amount of interest paid to a lender.

Mortgages and bankruptcy

Various problems, like job loss, a medical crisis or a death in the family, could motivate Mississippi consumers to pursue bankruptcy when their income cannot keep up with debt payments. About two-thirds of the non-business bankruptcies filed by individuals fall under Chapter 7 bankruptcy rules. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy requires the sale of assets to recover money for creditors before a judge typically discharges remaining debts. Certain assets are usually exempt from liquidation, like the family home, but the mortgage on the family home might still remain a burden if not included in a bankruptcy.

Baby boomer bankruptcy is on the rise

Overall, the nation's economy is in relatively good shape. This means that unemployment rates are down throughout much of Mississippi and the rest of the United States. However, there is a somewhat new phenomenon that is showing a darker financial picture for some Americans -- there is a notable increase in bankruptcy filings for older individuals, particularly for baby boomers.

Credit card debt is rising in the U.S.

Many people living in Mississippi have concerns about credit card debt. While credit cards can be a useful tool in managing personal finances, consumers will sometimes run up balances that can be difficult to manage or pay off. In fact, a recent study has shown that the average household credit card debt in the United States is $8,284.

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