According to the latest Household Debt and Credit Report from the New York Federal Reserve, America’s total household debt has surpassed $13.5 trillion. Do you sometimes feel like $13 trillion of that debt is yours?
Based on a recent survey by LightStream, almost one-quarter (23%) of Americans believe that it’s nearly impossible to climb out of significant debt once you acquire it. The sense of hopelessness can lead to bad decisions and a treadmill of running debt. In that harmful mindset, $13,000 might as well be $13 trillion – you’ll never pay it off anyway.
Don’t let despair blind you from alternatives. According to LightStream senior vice president Todd Nelson, “People who are carrying debt often overlook cost-reducing solutions.” Nelson adds that debt consolidation can be a smart strategy that can benefit Generation Xers (ages 36-51) with good credit.
Why does Nelson highlight Generation Xers? LightStream found that while large majorities of adult …