Top 10 Reasons People Go Into Debt

What are the major sources of consumer debt? Whether you own a business or are simply curious about the current state of debt in America, let’s take a closer look at the top 10 reasons people go into debt (Note that we did not include mortgages or car payments, which are two major debt sources as well):

  • #1 Loss of a Job

Even with unemployment compensating up to 60% of a salary, the remaining amount might need to come out of savings. If lifestyles aren’t adjusted immediately after a job loss, savings quickly deplete.

  • #2 Divorce / Separation

For the roughly 45% of Americans that end up in the middle of a divorce, it is a surefire way to eat through precious savings. The deepest cut may come from separating 401Ks and buying out an ex-spouse. Also, attorney fees require deep pockets.

  • #3 Poor Money Management

For those who judge their wealth by how much money they have in the bank right now, poor money management can become a deadly undertow. Dining out is a main culprit for many.

  • #4 Underemployment

For some families, seasonal or part-time work ends up driving them deep into debt. These jobs might seem stable, until hours are unexpectedly cut, creating hardship for families.

  • #5 Gambling / Betting

A silent killer, online gambling is equally detrimental to hitting the slot machines at a local casino. Casinos are designed to make money, and they do so by allowing advances on credit cards plus many other sneaky “fast cash” tricks.

  • #6 Medical Expenses

While going to the doctor is often covered by insurance companies, for some, the cost of medications, copays, or a surgery can add up to big debt. Luckily, medical debt can’t be listed on a credit report…but it can still be turned over to a debt collections agency.

  • #7 Lack of Insurance

Are you fully insured? Those who find themselves deep in debt often lack crucial insurance that should have covered them in the case of a catastrophe – renter’s insurance for fires, flood addendums for water damage, etc.

  • #8 Taxes vs. Write-offs

If you’ve been avoiding Uncle Sam, watch out. Taxes are another top 10 cause of debt. These fees, however, would typically be collected via a government-contracted debt collection agency.

  • #9 End of Year Inflation

You may notice that the cost of living regularly increases for certain services like medical insurance, or food and beverages. When a budget doesn’t account for these additional costs, it can end up slowly creating debt. Budgets are spent on the necessities, while that plastic surgery bill gets ignored.

  • #10 Misunderstanding Interest Rates

While most aspects of financing are easy to misunderstand, interest rates can drastically increase payments, too. And when your contract said, “0% financing for one year…” they meant one year.

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Graduated from University of Utah - business degree 1990. Served in US Army as an interrogator / linguist, then as a tactical intelligence officer - Military Intelligence 1986-1990. Managed Western US sales operations for NY based collection agency 1990-1992. Founded Direct Recovery Associates, Inc. 1992-present