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Southerners carry a greater burden of credit card debt

Most people have credit cards, but many users are able to pay of balances each month or manage their balances to the point where they are not a problem. For many, particularly in the southern United States, credit card debt is unmanageable, leading to various types of financial struggles. Consumers in Tennessee may find that their balances are beyond their control after even just a few missed payments and accumulated interest.

There are many reasons why people rack up credit card debt. Some people simply splurge, perhaps displaying a bit more of the famous southern hospitality than is good for their financial health. Others rely on credit cards as a fallback plan when unexpected expenses and situations arise, such as medical emergencies or a job loss. 

The typical income level in many southern states means that people in Tennessee may have a harder time paying off debt. Many do not have the extra income necessary to get ahead on their bills, often living from month to month. Getting out of credit card debt may mean taking steps such as consolidating balances, lowering expenses and finding ways to earn more money. This is not always possible, and for some, it may not be enough.

One way to effectively address credit card debt is to file for bankruptcy. This is a legal process that allows consumers to deal with certain types of balances in an organized manner while under protection from various collection efforts. A person facing overwhelming credit card bills may want to explore this option and determine if this is the right step for his or her unique financial situation.

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