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Credit card mistakes that often lead to personal bankruptcy

During the holiday season, consumers regularly pull out their credit cards to pay for their purchases. After the holiday season is over, those same consumers will be forced to face the reality of their spending. Overspending during the holidays often pushes residents in New Jersey, and all across the United States, into a debt situation from with they cannot escape. Fortunately, personal bankruptcy is an option for those who are facing insurmountable debt, but, as there are limits on how often bankruptcy can filed, it is important for consumers to know what to do after their bankruptcies are discharged.

Part of recovering from a financial disaster is realizing what happened and how to avoid it in the future. Many of the problems modern consumers face start with credit cards. Those who file for bankruptcy must understand how credit card debt led to their situations and how to keep their credit card debt from spiralling out of control in the future. 

They can learn from those who use credit wisely. Many consumers have managed to stay out of debt by paying off creditors each month. They are able to do this by creating a strict spending budget and adhering to it. If they are unable to pay off their entire balance monthly, they are sure to make their payments on time. Most importantly, they never miss a payment completely.

Before filing for personal bankruptcy, it is important for New Jersey residents to be aware of what to expect afterward. In addition, it is also important for consumers to understand how to rebuild their credit without finding themselves overwhelmed by debt again in the future. Fortunately, legal professionals who guide consumers through the bankruptcy process can also guide them through the process of financial recovery after their bankruptcies have been discharged.


Source: credit.com, "The 5 Worst Credit Card Mistakes You Can Make", Jason Steele, Nov. 27, 2014

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