Debt collectors are supposed to adequately review all relevant information when pursuing legal action against consumers. This is supposed to prevent collectors from filing lawsuits for debt that is outside the statute of limitations or that has already been paid off. The Financial Protection Bureau should be making things even easier for people in Pennsylvania, but new rules could mean even more attempts at collecting so-called zombie credit card debt.
A decade or so ago, credit cards seemed to be one of the last things on millennials' minds. In 2012, only around 40% of millennials in their 20s had credit cards. As of 2019, over half -- 52% -- use credit cards to make purchases. Although it is not entirely clear why this generation shifted its opinion on credit cards, one thing is obvious -- they are having trouble managing credit card debt.
For many Pennsylvania consumers, credit cards help bridge the gaps between paychecks. Others find credit cards useful for making large purchases. Some people simply find it convenient to swipe a card without worrying about the remaining balance. However, credit card debt can quickly spiral out of control, and paying the balance off can end up feeling like an impossible task. Bankruptcy can be an effective option for many individuals in this situation, but personal loans could also help certain people.
Debt used to seem like a problem that only people of a certain age or those who were very poor with money ever dealt with. Now, even young adults in Pennsylvania are finding that getting through life without some kind of debt is not only difficult, but it often seems next to impossible. With a large number of U.S. college students carrying around some type of credit card debt, the problem could get worse for these young adults before it gets better.
Avoiding debt may feel like an impossible dodging act. Whether taking out a loan to attend school or to purchase a vehicle for getting to work, Pennsylvania consumers might struggle to pay off their balances and debts. The problem is especially tricky when it comes to credit card debt. So what's making it so difficult for people to pay off their credit cards?
Having and using a credit card is not inherently bad. Many Pennsylvania consumers use credit cards for added security when making purchases or to earn rewards points for making additional purchases. There are also downsides to using credit cards too, especially when it comes to overspending. For some consumers, ending up with too much credit card debt is easier than they may believe.
When it comes to resolving debt, there is always plenty of well-meaning advice. Unfortunately, those making the suggestions will likely never have to face the consequences of a wrong decision.