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American Household Credit Card Debt Statistics: 2014



Current as of September 2014

U.S. household consumer debt profile:

Average credit card debt:


Average mortgage debt:


Average student loan debt:


In total, American consumers owe:

$11.63 trillion in debt

An increase of 3.8% from last year

$880.5 billion in credit card debt

$8.07 trillion in mortgages

$1,120.3 billion in student loans

An increase of 11.5% from last year



Installment Debt-

consumers repay this kind of debt in equal payments.

Many people buy durable goods on an installment plan

durable goods-

items that last longer than 3 years

Cars, refrigerators, furniture are some examples of durable goods

Largest form of installment debt is a



is a debt on property such as houses, buildings or land.


Types of Financial Institutions

Commercial Banks

Savings and Loan Associations

Savings Banks

Credit Unions- owned and operated by its members. Teacher’s Credit Union

Finance Companies- Take over debts from stores and adds a fee for collecting debt.

Consumer finance companies- Lend money at very high rates- Check into Cash

Payroll advances

are common in these companies.


Charge Accounts:

Allows a customer to buys goods or services from a particular company and pay them later

Examples: Target, Belk, J.C. Penny charge cards.

90 days Same as Cash


Credit Card vs. Debit Card

Debit Card

When you use your debit card money goes directly out of your account- just like writing checks. You must have a pin number to use your debit card.

Credit Card

When you use a credit card you are borrowing money from the company to pay for what you buy and you pay them back when the bill comes in.


Credit Card Facts

Fast facts you need to know.

1. Credit cards have limits

A credit card company set limits on how much you can charge on your card.

This limit is based on your ability to handle debt.

2. Paying the minimum monthly payment is a bad idea.

.After you subtract the minimum payment from your balance, finance charges will be added to your remaining



These charges add up month after month. You can dig yourself into a hole real fast.

Know this too: the minimum payment is the LEAST amount you can pay to keep the card active. If you pay less, your card will be deactivated (turned off).


3. Grace period- no finance charge

If you pay your bill in full during the grace period, you won

t have to pay a finance charge on purchases for that bill. A grace period is usually about 25 days.

4. Late fees are expensive.

If you don

t pay your bill by the due date (the date your grace period expires), you will be charged a late fee. These can be as high as $35! Get yourself organized to pay on time. Paying late is costly.

5. Interest rates are high.

Remember: when you use your credit card, you

re borrowing money. So you will be charged interest whenever you don

t pay your bill in full

. With a credit card, you are paying for convenience. Credit card rates can be 18% or as high as 24% depending on your credit history.



your credit card is lost or stolen you are protected.

You must notify your credit-card company as soon as you know your card has been stolen or used without your permission

. If you do, you will be responsible for only the first $50 of unauthorized charges. These days, thieves can steal your credit card number

they don

t need the actual card. Always know where your card is, and keep all your receipts.

Debit cards do not offer the same protection as credit cards. (Some credit card companies offer debit cards with some protection.) Most debit cards work like writing a check

the money is immediately taken out of your account. If you do not report a false charge or charges within 60 days of receiving your bank statement, you could be held responsible for the false charges. Be sure you understand the details when you sign up for a debit card.

7. Credit reports show your credit card habits.

As you enter the adult world of work, you begin to build a credit history

a record of your borrowing and paying habits.


Will you be able to get credit?

Factors that determine your creditworthiness:


How you have repaid debts in the past

Your credit rating

Your capacity to pay

Your character


Things that hurt your credit rating.

Late payments

High debt to income ratio

Many open accounts

Previous bankruptcy


Legal trouble


Personal Bankruptcy

It is the state of legally having been declared unable to pay off debts owed with available income

It should be used as a last resort.

Debtors must give up most of what they own and distribute it to their creditors.

It remains on your credit record for 10 years.


Large debt-free companies





Hobby Lobby


Bed, Bath and Beyond

The Gap

EA Games




What kills companies is debt. Without debt, companies have the wherewithal to survive.

Dave Ramsey



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