Some Arkansas consumers may have joined millions of others in spending more than they intended to over the holidays. Unfortunately, spending may lead to more debts and more bills. January is typically the month when consumers start strategizing on how to pay their credit card debt. Out of desperation, some consumers resort to digging into their emergency funds or life insurance to pay credit card debt.
A new report on credit card debt in the United States has been released, and the numbers do not paint a pretty picture. According to the new report, Americans paid off $32.5 billion in outstanding credit card debt in the first three months of 2014. You may read that figure and think that this represents a major achievement -- but it's 1 percent less than was paid in the same timeframe in 2013 and 5 percent less than the same timeframe in 2012.