This is happening everywhere, in developed countries, even in China where there is small growing movement of laying down flat.
I wish students and young people would focus more against the debt traps that the top have on us, instead of silly woke'ism and gender identity etc tra.
Yup. And it's not even just about which school programs cost a lot vs. salary prospects. It goes beyond that. Everyday habits. They got to teach young people courses in this over Psychology 101 or Geography.
Maybe it's bad family values, the internet and social media age, maybe a combo of both...... put in some time and look at your spending and credit card debts. Unless you are someone who just doesnt give a shit and doesnt care if you got collection agencies coming at you with a credit rating of bottom of the barrel, put in some time and ethics and pay your bills and get your finances in line.
Do what I do and make an excel spreadsheet and check it over a couple times a year. It's not like I'm looking at it every week. You don't need to download budgeting software either.
I've never missed a credit card bill except 3 times (I even remember them). Each time was because I forgot to pay. I paid a day or two later. That was when there wasnt automated withdrawals and old school way of paying (wow this is like the 90s) was paying it at a ATM or mailing a fucking cheque in time.
Tip: If you miss a payment and call them and pay right away to pay, youre credit score wont get dinged. You got like a 5 day grace period. Might depend on the credit card though, but thats what CSR told me.
Tip 2: If youre desperate and need to have a balance, get a line of credit (every bank will give you one). Interest rate is probably prime + 5% at most. Why pay 22% credit card interest when you can be in debt for maybe 8% using LoC? Your bank has probably desperately sent you letters in the mail hoping you do it. Put away that VISA card and borrow LoC.
Tip 3: It's time you want to buy a home and are scoping mortgages. Your mortgage amount and terms approved depends on what mortgage you get and your monthly disposable income and credit rating. It is NOT based on your salary. All your loans are centrally compiled and every bank and credit card place sees all your stuff. There's no hiding. You want more mortgage approved? Cut down your monthly spending and get rid of as many monthly debt payments you have on file. For my investment property going up, my mortgage guy even told me to pay off my car so that frees up $900/mth. I was just going to coast on it and keep the money in my bank, but he said when it's mortgage time, pay it off if you can and get it off the books. Done.
Since automatic payment systems got launched, never missed a bill. Paid in full every month even when I was in university (if you exclude my 3 misses by accident) or had my first office job living pay cheque to pay cheque for probably 3 years before I got promoted and made extra money. Then instead of blowing it, I still lived the same so I could bank money. Fast forward, and I got enough to buy cheap investment condos because I could scrounge up $10k as down payments and roll the rest into a mortgage. It's a good cycle if you can keep spending in check and roll it into investments where things "usually" go up. I have never seen one person I know lose money on a property.