The profile of credit card debt is changing for many young people in North Carolina. Millennials were once known for their aversion to overdue bills, especially as many of them became adults and entered the workforce during the 2008 financial crisis. As a result, many of them steered clear of credit cards. However, as millennials' salaries have grown and card issuers have developed new offers that are particularly appealing to younger people, they have taken on a growing burden of debt.
Consumers throughout the country owe more than $1 trillion in credit card debt. While an increase in credit card debt may be good for the economy as a whole, it isn't necessarily a good thing on a personal level. However, there are ways that a North Carolina resident can reduce or eliminate credit card debt balances. These strategies are called the snowball and the avalanche methods.
As of February 2019, consumer debt in the United States totaled $4.05 trillion. Individuals in North Carolina and throughout the country saw their revolving debt increase by $35.4 billion while consumer debt increased by $31.4 billion in January 2019. Non-revolving debt increased by $148.6 billion in February, which was lower than the increase seen during the previous month. Revolving debt generally means credit card debt while non-revolving debt generally refers to auto and student loans.
Many people in North Carolina are struggling with insurmountable amounts of credit card debt. This is especially true if they have paid for some significant expenses on credit or their income has declined after signing up for new credit cards. Across the country, people are accumulating increasing amounts of debt; the average individual debt reached $5,331 in 2019 on credit cards alone. Most people are unable to pay off their full balance each month; only 45 percent pay in full when they receive their monthly statements.