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More Young Americans Fear and Avoid Debt

Eric Richardson and Tyson Lloyd’s headlamps shine on the side of the canyon in Logan, Utah. After securing their Vietnam War-era tent, lacing up their hiking boots and loading their backpacks, the two make their way to the car below. They must arrive by 6 am or they will be late to Utah State University where they attend classes.

Since May, the two college juniors have lived in a tent where the closest thing to an address is the numbers on nearby telephone poles.

Richardson and Lloyd are part of a growing number of young adults who fear debt and spending. After maturing during one of the Nation’s worst recessions, they are doing all they can to avoid any personal credit crisis.

“I hate spending money,” Richardson said. “It doesn’t matter how much money I have in my bank account, I just won’t spend it. I’m scared to death to take out student loans.”

The two men use on-campus showers, free lockers to store food and clothes and keep a schedule of events that serve free food on campus all in the name of debt aversion and saving a penny.

An August study from New York-based Auriemma Consulting Group, said millennials, or the demographic following generation X and born between the 1980’s and early 2000’s, are the most averse toward credit cards. Only 26 percent say they frequently carry a balance, an 18 percent decrease from 2007, the study said.

“Millennials have turned away from credit cards in droves since the recession began, and it’s not clear to what extent they will come back when conditions improve”, Patricia Sahm, managing director at Auriemma, said in a statement. “Many have been scarred by seeing friends or family struggle with unmanageable debt loads, and view credit as dangerous rather than helpful.”



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