Personal debt problems can arise from numerous circumstances, including health crises, theft, property damage, or loss of income. These situations are beyond the debtor’s control and arise through no fault of his or her own. But in other cases, it’s our own purchasing decisions that contribute to amassing a burdensome amount of debt, and it’s entirely avoidable.
Consumer debt surpassed $14 trillion in the beginning of 2019, and it’s a trend that’s showing little signs of slowing down. Home mortgages, student loans, credit cards, payday loans, home equity loans, personal loans, car loans — it seems there’s no shortage of ways to dig yourself into a financial hole.