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Essay heading: American Middle Class Debt
 
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Credit is not a financial tool, if you ask most “informed Americans” they will tell you get a credit card use it wisely, put your gas on, and pay it off every month. This is great advice, except the fact that over 60 percent of Americans that actually have credit cards do not pay them off monthly. Statistically speaking you will miss a payment or not pay your card off in full at some point, and that is why a bank is willing to lend this money to you...
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Statistically speaking you will miss a payment or not pay your card off in full at some point, and that is why a bank is willing to lend this money to you. Credit cards are great financial tools for private banks, not individuals. The average adult that is over 18 years old has over eight thousand dollars on some combination of credit cards...
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