Going by current consumer debt numbers, while the economy is continuing to struggle, many are still taking on student loan and auto loan debt. The thought is that as the economy continues to improve, consumers will once again feel confident enough to take on credit card debt.
Student loan debt is rapidly spinning out of control. Students are borrowing tens of thousands of dollars for an education. Their plans are to graduate from college, get a good paying job in the career of their chosen field, and slowly start to pay back those loans over the next several years. And while of course this is an admirable goal to have, the truth is there is the risk of taking on student loan debt, not being able to find a job -- or finding a low-paying one not in the chosen field -- and not being able to pay back what was once borrowed.
Over the past several months the total amount of consumer debt has increased. And while some may take this as a good indicator of our nation's rebounding economy, many also worry that people are setting themselves up for financial catastrophe by pilling on more credit card debt, and other debts, than they really can afford.
Credit cards: some use them to pay for big ticket items, while others use them for day-to-day spending. And while these cards certainly come in handy when it comes to making purchases, these same cards can also drive a person further and further into debt.
It appears as if consumers in Florida, and the rest of the United States, are making real headway in paying down credit card debt. However, as the economy continues to rebound, experts predict that consumer debt will also start to creep back up.