It’s Blue Monday, and we’re ashamed of credit-card debt, study finds

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Borrowell Blue Monday InfographicThe holidays are over, the weather is cold and dreary and credit-card bills are rolling in—it’s no wonder the third Monday in January is considered the most depressing day of the year, known as Blue Monday.

We know that Canadians carry a lot of credit-card debt, but beyond the numbers we wanted to understand how Canadians feel about their debt. So the team at Borrowell commissioned a survey of 1,500 Canadians to understand our emotions around credit-card debt.

To see Borrowell’s Blue Monday video, click on the red/white button in the centre of the video image above.

Shame can affect our relationships

It turns out Canadians feel a lot of shame around carrying debt, and it’s not only affecting how we feel and what we can do, but our personal relationships as well, as the infographic to the left shows.

Like many issues, shame can prevent us from seeking solutions. Feeling shame may be a factor in explaining why so many Canadians carry expensive credit-card debt – even those who have good credit and could get a lower interest rate somewhere else!

Take control of your finances

Although Blue Monday is supposed to be depressing, let’s not just wallow in self-pity with a tub of ice cream. Take control of your finances, take a step in the right direction and if you’re carrying a balance on your credit card, look into a lower-interest loan to pay it off.

For more information on Blue Monday, including more on the survey, check out www.borrowell.com/bluemonday.

 

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