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Guess How Much Credit Card Debt: Oprah's Audience

Guess How Much Credit Card Debt: Oprah's Audience

Oprah's "Best Life Week" is coming to a close today, and yesterday's show was "Money Day" featuring Suze Orman. On their way into the show, audience members were asked how much credit card debt they had and 225 people admitted to having this type of debt.

Oprah's team then totaled the numbers submitted by the in-debt audience. Can you guess the total debt for these 225 people?

Guess How Much Credit Card Debt: Oprah's Audience

What was the total debt for 225 people in Oprah's audience?

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lostbronte lostbronte 8 years
I think a lot of Oprah's target market is part of the culture of entitlement. She spends a lot of time telling people "You deserve it!" So that could be a factor. But I thought I read somewhere that $10,000 is the national average credit card debt per person.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I think it is just credit card debt. $13,000 would be an extremely small amount if it included mortgages, etc.
hlj504 hlj504 8 years
It seems like a lot, but I figured it would include mortgages, etc. - which could make the amount considerable higher than if it were just, say, credit card debt.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Yikes.... esp. if it's just credit card debt.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 8 years
It was lower than I expected, but debt reform is going to be a big thing in the next year so I think the overall debt of people will get smaller.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Wow! That is shocking! I am going to download the free Suze book - although the only debt I have is my mortgage....I definitely need some tips for saving more! :-) On another note - is anyone else having problems seeing the user names for the commenters? All I see is the avatars and the "registered since" date.... :?
Meike Meike 8 years
...$10,200 average??? Wow...out of 225 people? That's unbelievable...
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
I watched that episode... crazy! I love Suze tho... I suggest everyone dl the free book on
4evrfuzzy 4evrfuzzy 8 years
The amount is $13,000, not 10. I know this because before I guessed the number (correctly) I multiplied 225 by 13 and came up with answer b.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
10,000 in credit card debt alone?? Holy crap, that's a lot. I could see maybe if they figured student loans and car payments in there, but 10K in credit cards is just way too much. Heck, if you have to carry a balance on your card, THAT'S too much in my opinion.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I can't believe it. And that's only credit card debt?!?!
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
I guessed right! But now I'm disturbed by how few made up such a large debt...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'd be interested to see if there were maybe one or two people who brought the average way up. That's a pretty small sample size.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 8 years
Wow, that's crazy! What are these people charging on their credit cards? I mean, I understand some people have trouble managing money, but an AVERAGE of $10,000? Crazy.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I can't believe i guess right! That is sad!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Well considering that 25 year old girl on Momma's Boys has 168,000 in credit card debt, i'm not all that surprised.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Whoo, I guessed right!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
yay - it was a good guess! i think that we all seem to be getting a decent grasp on how much debt folks have - on average so that when you take a large audience size like that - you can estimate what the total is.
Kimpy521 Kimpy521 8 years
Wow.... I thought my card was bad, but now I feel pretty good about it!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I should have done the math, Peggasus. I think that kind of answers my question. I'm guessing people average way more than $10,000 in debt from all sources (including mortgage, etc.) Thanks for posting!
Peggasus Peggasus 8 years
That averages out to $10,200 PER PERSON. Yikes!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Is this the total debt or the total credit card debt? I see nothing wrong with having a mortgage, a car payment, and student loan payments, but having exorbitant amounts of credit card debt seems like a much bigger problem.
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