40% of Australian Credit Cardholders Still Struggling From Festive Overspending

A recent report by banking and insurance comparison website Mozo shows that Australian credit card holders are still feeling the repercussions of their generous spending over the festive season. Four in ten cardholders reported inflated credit card balances or decreased personal savings as a result of their Christmas overspending.

The findings show that Australian cardholders spent a total of $26.8 billion in December – an 8% increase from the previous year. Mozo reported that while 40% of Gen Y’s had dipped into their savings during the Christmas period, the biggest culprits were 25-44 year olds.

Currently, the average amount of credit card debt per Australian cardholder is $4,697.

Unfortunately, 20% of these Australians have been unable to bounce back, and are now struggling to pay their regular household expenses. 15% report that they will need half a year to pay back their debts.

Some ways to lower your credit card debt include taking out a personal loan with a lower interest rate, or only taking out credit cards that offer 0% interest on transferred balances and new purchases.

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