Too Much Debt To Invest
One of the biggest obstacles to investing for many people is that they have too much debt to invest in anything to begin with. Carrying debt and having to constantly buy things is actually like an addiction for many people.
Believe it or not there is actually a website called debtorsanonymous.org. They have a list of 15 questions to show if you are a compulsive debtor:
Most compulsive debtors will answer "yes" to at least eight of the following 15 questions according to Debtors Anonymous.
1. Are your debts making your home life unhappy?
2. Does the pressure of your debts distract you from your daily work?
3. Are your debts affecting your reputation?
4. Do your debts cause you to think less of yourself?
5. Have you ever given false information in order to obtain credit?
6. Have you ever made unrealistic promises to your creditors?
7. Does the pressure of your debts make you careless of the welfare of your family?
8. Do you ever fear that your employer, family or friends will learn the extent of your total indebtedness?
9. When faced with a difficult financial situation, does the prospect of borrowing give you an inordinate feeling of relief?
10. Does the pressure of your debts cause you to have difficulty sleeping?
11. Has the pressure of your debts ever caused you to consider getting drunk?
12. Have you ever borrowed money without giving adequate consideration to the rate of interest you are required to pay?
13. Do you usually expect a negative response when you are subject to a credit investigation?
14. Have you ever developed a strict regimen for paying off your debts, only to break it under pressure?
15. Do you justify your debts by telling yourself that you are superior to the "other" people, and when you get your "break" you'll be out of debt overnight?
(Source Cited: debtorsanonymous.org)
So are you a compulsive debtor?