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Maxing Out Your Credit Cards

Credit cards were never intended for everyday shopping, but consumers, urged on by the credit card companies, department stores, and other businesses have gotten hooked on the ease of charging instead of buying things the old fashioned way, which is paying cash or putting things on layaway.

We've all heard it before. Financial experts have warned against over charging on credit cards for decades, but most of us are still not listening. We have amassed a mountain of credit card debt by maxing out our credit cards and now we don't know how to begin paying them off.

Consumer debt for the average card holder runs anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 and many people owe much, much, more on their cards. No matter who you are, your income, your age, or your status in life, you can get caught up in huge amounts of debt by charging to much on your credit cards.

Some companies have made it very easy for almost anyone to get credit cards, even people who have bad credit, limited or unstable employment, and others who have no visible way of repaying the debt.

Many college students are given credit cards and before they graduate, along with their student loans, they find themselves swimming in an ocean of debt that will take years to pay back. When they are using the cards, they don't understand the consequences of charging unnecessarily and maxing out their cards.

As far as credit card use and the debt it spawns is concerned, the blame doesn't fall entirely on credit card companies, or stores and other businesses. As a consumer, you must take responsibility for your spending choices.

The use of credit cards has become a way of life for many people. They find that pulling out a credit card and charging is a more convenient way to shop. They use their cards to buy clothes, food, gas, and to occasionally pay for their utilities, telephone, and other bills.

With the high interest rates that credit card companies charge, in the long run, you end up paying way more for the items you purchase, unless you pay the credit card off as soon as you use it. If you don't pay it off immediately, the interest charges keep adding up, thereby presenting you with a never ending balance.

Actually, there is nothing wrong with having and using credit cards, as long they are used wisely, and most people take care not to overcharge or max out their cards.

Maxing out credit cards can lead to bad debt, bankruptcy, liens and foreclosure on your home, not to mention the headaches and sleepless nights brought on by worrying about how you are going to pay your credit card bills when they are due.

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