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Credit Card Firms Raise Minimum Payments

The Birmingham News
Last week, New York-based consumer action group Demos and the Center for Responsible Lending released findings from a new report, "The Plastic Safety Net: The Reality of Household Debt in America." The survey results found that 7 out of 10 low- and middle-income families are using their credit cards as a safety net, relying on credit to pay for car repairs, basic living expenses, medical expenses or house repairs.
Households that reported a recent job loss or unemployment, and those without health insurance, were almost twice as likely to use credit cards for basic living expenses.