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Signs your credit card debt might be out of control

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2022 | Bankruptcy |

Credit card debt is something that anyone can struggle with. When credit card debt can amass so quickly, it is no wonder that the average person has several thousand dollars of credit card debt. While many people have credit card debt, there is a limit to how much someone can have before they might consider filing for bankruptcy. Because this limit is different for everyone, here are some general signs that your credit card debt may be out of your control:

You have multiple maxed-out credit cards

Spending can quickly become a massive problem, either by necessity or otherwise. If you have more than one credit card that is maxed out, it is more than likely that you have spent too much. Having maxed-out cards can also push a person to open a new credit card, leading to yet another source of debt.

You are using one credit card to pay off another

Taking on debt just to pay off other debt is a vicious cycle that only accumulates more debt. It may seem like you are making ends meet, but doing this only moves the debt around and does not eliminate it. If the card you are using has a higher interest rate, you may be accumulating more debt by doing this.

Your debt expenses exceed your income

This sign can be one of the most glaring calls for bankruptcy for a person. If you have to spend more than you earn each month, you are at a net loss. Interest charges on credit cards can be especially troublesome when your credit cards are maxed out.

You are behind on payments

If you are regularly late on payments because you are waiting for your next paycheck to come in or receiving final notices in the mail, it may be time to consider bankruptcy. If you are behind on bills, the chances are that it will take more than time to help your problem.

Get the help you need

Severe debt can happen to anyone for any reason, and bankruptcy can help them take control of their finances after a hardship. Sudden job loss, severe illnesses or injuries, or other major events can suddenly turn a stable home into one that needs some help to get things in order again. No matter what situation you are in, do not ignore the signs that you should consider bankruptcy.