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Seven Warning Signs Of Possible Debt Problems

Jun 5, 2008
Some common questions for many people in debt include "How did I get into so much debt?" and "Why couldn't I see my debt problems coming?". Debt seems to spread like some sort of virus among the consumer populace of the United States. Of course, acknowledging the problem is just the beginning. The most important question is this: How can you tell when you are headed for serious financial and debt problems?

This article seeks to provide you some clues as to why you are in serious debt and help you avoid it in the future. Just below, seven potential indicators or warning signs are listed to give you some advanced notice and keep you away from dangerous debt levels. You will need to examine each of these signs in the light of your own specific circumstances.

Your credit card has become your regular financial source when making all of your regular and insignificant purchases rather than waiting until you have money in your bank account to make purchases.

You pay the minimum payment on your credit cards and other monthly debt balances, rather than paying more that the requirement to pay more of the principal.

There is a definite gap between your present income level and the balances on your credit cards. The former is either the same or decreasing while the latter is steadily increasing.

All of your credit cards are either nearing their upper limits or have already reached them and have no available credit left on them.

You are getting frequent calls from creditors who want to know when they can expect payments on late bills.

The amount of charges that you make with your credit card regularly exceeds the payments you are making on the balance each month.

The levels of your outstanding debt require you to take additional hours out of necessity or even find some form of secondary or part-time income in order to make the payments.

Certainly, if you look at each one by itself, there may be another less worrisome explanation for the occurrence. It may be a temporary condition that is not representative of your regular financial activity. Things happen in life, many of which are completely unexpected.

If, you are experiencing more than one of these conditions with any regularity, then there cause to worry and good reason to examine spending activities and review your financial status so you can avoid crippling debt issues.
About the Author
Joe Kenny writes for TFGI.com, visit them today for debt help or Rebuild.org for debt relief and to debt consolidation loans.
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