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Maxed Out: Inside America's Credit Card Debt Crisis -- and Where We Go From Here

• by Nick Wolny

As soon as Josué Henriquez turned 18, he applied for a credit card. He wanted to start building his credit so he could one day finance the purchase of a car or home.

"I was told it was the only way I could start my credit in this country," he says, having relocated to the US from El Salvador as a child.

His credit card limit was low at just $500, with a requirement to keep $250 in a savings account to use it. But over the next decade, as more offers rolled in, both his credit limits and balances ratcheted up. Henriquez's credit card debt ballooned to over $25,000, and he eventually sought out a debt relief company for help.