A new U.S. report ranking states according to risky credit card habits finds 41% of Black Friday shoppers have suffered financial consequences from overspending.
Are some states more likely to overspend on Black Friday than others? If credit card habits are any indication, the answer is yes, definitely — and Nevada shoppers are at the highest risk of spending dangerously beyond their means.
According to new research by fintech firm OppLoans, Nevada residents are entering the Black Friday shopping season with the riskiest credit card habits in the country — they have the highest percentage of seriously delinquent credit card debt of any state. By contrast, the study discovered that Wisconsin residents had the safest habits, boasting delinquent debt levels half that of the three worst states.
Nationally, a survey commissioned by OppLoans and conducted by Pollfish found that Black Friday shopping results in stress, regret, and serious financial consequences for a large percentage of consumers. The results revealed the following:
- 51% of Black Friday shoppers report stress from overspending.
- 39% say they’ve felt regret about spending too much.
- 41% have suffered financial consequences because of overspending on Black Friday.
- 44% have used a credit card to make Black Friday purchases they couldn’t afford.
- 63% say using a credit card encourages them to spend more than they should.
The research was released in a report published by OppU, the financial education arm of OppLoans. The report’s findings were based on a national survey of 600 expected Black Friday shoppers and a data analysis of credit card debt statistics collected by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
“Black Friday can offer great deals, but consumers might feel tempted to spend more than they should,” says Matt Pelkey, who led the research for OppLoans. “Our findings are a sober reminder to shop wisely, because overspending has consequences.”