On our Credit Cards discussion board recently, Fool Community member Jay Allen shared some diagnostic tips for those dealing with debt. Here are most of them:
You might be overextended if.
. you have more credit cards in your wallet than you have pictures of your kids, grandkids, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, etc.
. you're on a first-name basis with your credit collector and exchange birthday, anniversary, and holiday cards.
. your mailperson sues you for medical costs of their lower back pain after carrying around your credit card statements.
. you've moved at least once to stay ahead of the creditors.
. you pay more in interest than you do in income taxes.
. in your opinion, the national debt doesn't look that bad.
. one month's interest payments would pay for that trip to Hawaii that you've always wanted to take.
. you can't remember which card has a balance that will cover the purchase you are about to make.
. you have to hand the clerk more than two cards before your purchase gets approved.
. your credit report takes three days to download.
. you see someone else's credit card and think, "Oooh, that's one I don't have."
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