The average American family currently owes more than $9,000 in credit card debt – and many people owe much more than this amount. Unfortunately, people find themselves in this position due to any number of unforeseen circumstances. As a matter of fact, great deals of individuals have used credit cards responsibly for many years, and due to some misfortune have ended up needing their credit cards as a safety net.
This situation tends to have a "snowball" affect due to high interest rates, and makes it nearly impossible for the average American to successfully pay off their credit card debt in a reasonable amount of time. It's no wonder that people can't get ahead; take a look at the staggering amount of monthly accruing interest on many of these accounts:
Amount of Debt
Monthly Interest Accrued
If interest is accruing at a rate of nearly $2,000 each month in some cases, it's just not realistic that the average family can pay their credit accounts off simply by making the required minimum monthly payments. Rather, a much larger amount will be needed to even put a small dent in their credit card balances.
If your credit card debt is out of control, and you're facing a similar situation as cited above, it's important that you take the necessary steps to pay your accounts off much sooner than the several years it will take if you continue making monthly payments to your credit card companies.
Fortunately, you have options available, and I highly recommend that you start taking a serious look at these options, and carefully research each of the following:
- Consumer Credit Counseling
- Debt Settlement
- Debt Consolidation