How Do I Know I Have Too Much Debt (MNP 3 Minute Debt Break)

2023-11-06  3 minute read


ow do I know if I have too much debt?" It's a question many wrestle with, and the truth is, it's not always about the numbers. While everyone's situation is unique, there are universal signs that might indicate your debt is reaching an uncomfortable level.

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First, think about your revolving credit accounts. If you continually carry a balance it might be time to reassess your spending habits. It’s easy to think, "I’ve got it under control," especially when you're managing more than the minimum payments. But unforeseen expenses can appear, like sudden car repairs or home emergencies. You need to be sure your current financial state can withstand surprises.

In regards to minimum payments, if that's all you are able to contribute to your credit card debt, this is reason for concern. These payments often barely dent the actual debt, addressing only the interest or a small part of the principal. It's similar to trying to empty a bathtub with a teaspoon. It might keep things from overflowing, but it won't solve the problem.

Now, let’s talk about budgeting. The 50-30-20 rule is a good guideline. It suggests you allocate 50 percent of your income to essentials, 30 percent to discretionary items, and 20 percent to savings. If debt is squeezing out your ability to save, it's worth a deeper look.

Another signal you’re working with too much debt is if you’re reaching for your credit card for everyday necessities. Using credit to handle groceries, utilities, and other basics can be a warning sign. There's a significant difference between leveraging credit for rewards and using it out of necessity. If it’s the latter, you might be on shaky ground.

Another telltale sign is frequently seeking new credit avenues or higher credit limits. While it's great to have resources in a pinch, consistently inching toward your credit ceiling might suggest over-reliance on borrowed money. Similarly, perhaps the most concerning sign of using credit in a poor way is resorting to one form of credit to handle another. It's a dangerous cycle and its like juggling too many balls in the air. Sooner or later, one is bound to drop.
These are just some of the signs of having too much debt.

Are you recognizing any of these signs? You don’t need to stress too much because real solutions exist. Engaging with an MNP Licensed Insolvency Trustee can provide insights tailored to your situation. It might be as simple as adjusting your monthly budget or considering options like a Consumer Proposal. Talk with MNP and our guidance can offer a pathway to relief, ensuring you're not just treading water, but swimming towards a financially secure shore.

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