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Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 09, 2022 09:21AM
Credit card interest rates are rising, too.

Credit card balances spike to $841 billion after stimulus checks helped reduce debt
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For many Americans, the pandemic-induced slowdown offered a rare opportunity to better their financial standing.

Government stimulus checks and fewer opportunities for spending drove the personal savings rate to a level not seen since World War II, with many consumers using the cash they had on hand to pay down debt — primarily their credit card balances, which have the highest interest rates, averaging more than 16%.

Altogether, consumers paid off a record $83 billion in credit card debt during the pandemic, but the recent spike in prices for gas, groceries and housing, among other necessities, is causing most of them to lean on their credit cards once again.

The Federal Reserve’s monthly credit report found that revolving credit, which mostly includes credit card balances, jumped nearly 20% in April from the previous month to $1.103 trillion, breaking the pre-pandemic record of $1.1 trillion.

Meanwhile, credit card balances are also up year over year, reaching $841 billion in the first three months of 2022, and are expected to keep heading higher, according to a separate report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The rise in credit card borrowing, together with auto loans, student debt and mortgages, has now propelled total household debt to a record $15.84 trillion.
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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: June 09, 2022 09:33AM
I'm still paying off our card every month, but it is getting difficult. Our spending hasn't really changed but our basics have gone up substantially, I'm seeing about a 30% increase in the monthly credit card (we put all our bills directly on the card, then pay the card off for the airline miles).



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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: June 09, 2022 09:35AM
I was paying off monthly but the last few months I've slipped. Everything has gotten so much more expensive, not just gas, and it's thrown my budget off by oodles (which is a technical term, I know, but y'all will get the gist).



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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 09, 2022 10:21AM
Same. I need to sharpen my pencil and work on my budget some more.



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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 09, 2022 10:21AM
yep... 100% due to cost of living inflation higher than 'wage inflation'.
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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: Fritz
Date: June 09, 2022 11:50AM
I tried to pay with Bazooka Joe comics, but apparently not good enough for a bank.
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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: deckeda
Date: June 09, 2022 12:32PM
I have 3 small loans from Affirm but they are all setup as 0% interest. That’s almost like free money.

I considered a new purchase the other day. saw the Affirm link, and noticed it was like 10 or 20 percent. Ah, nope.
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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: Speedy
Date: June 09, 2022 12:58PM
I pay off the one card we use a half-dozen times a month so no big surprises and have for probably 15 years.



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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: June 09, 2022 01:53PM
I pay off my Apple card every few days, but things like eating out have REALLY jumped. It's just a case of habits haven't caught up with reality.



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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 09, 2022 04:12PM
It's going to get worse. I'm reading and hearing that food prices are about to skyrocket. Increased fuel costs are impacting everything from farming to processing and transportation. Plus, recent storms have damaged a lot of crops - so, there will be shortages. Then add in the Ukrainian grain issues and it's the perfect storm.

Most people didn't get raises that came close to offsetting the inflation rate in 2021. An inflation isn't getting better. Middle class and lower income people are going to be hit hard.
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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 09, 2022 06:10PM
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It's going to get worse. I'm reading and hearing that food prices are about to skyrocket. Increased fuel costs are impacting everything from farming to processing and transportation. Plus, recent storms have damaged a lot of crops - so, there will be shortages. Then add in the Ukrainian grain issues and it's the perfect storm.

Most people didn't get raises that came close to offsetting the inflation rate in 2021. An inflation isn't getting better. Middle class and lower income people are going to be hit hard.

Is there a reason that the theft of grain by the shipload hasn't been stopped? A couple of airstrikes on the dock from a stand-off weapon, or sell them some JDAMS at a buck each?

Actually kinetic RATLR units in a TMD body would keep the grain safe to eat.



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Re: Consumer credit card debt jumps back to an all-time, post-pandemic high
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 10, 2022 08:41AM
I pay off my Apple card every few days, but things like eating out have REALLY jumped. It's just a case of habits haven't caught up with reality.


I pay mine off every month, but otherwise it's the same boat.

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