The study found that consumers born between 1980 and 1984 have credit-card debt substantially higher than the debt held by the previous two generations. Specifically, they have on average $5,689 more debt than people, like their parents, born 1950 and 1954 at the same stage of life and $8,156 more debt than those born between 1920 and 1924, like their grandparents…
In addition to incurring more debt, younger people are paying off their debt more slowly, too. The study estimates that the children's payoff rate is 24 percentage points lower than their parents' and about 77 percentage points lower than their grandparents' rate.
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When is the time to get one's first credit card? I don't really spend frivolously, but don't have significant disposable income. I work a full-time job that I love but that pays pretty sad wages, and freelance to supplement my primary income. The idea of having a credit card is a little scary to me, like I should be making way more bank than I do in order to have one. But as I learned when I moved into my current apartment and had to pay four months rent up front, having no credit kind of sucks, and it takes a long time to build any significant "good" credit. As I understand it, [...]