Hidden credit card debt led to mum tragedy
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A MOTHER killed herself on the day she thought bailiffs were coming to repossess her home, an inquest heard.

Tina Bennett, aged 40, was found by her son Anthony, and husband Michael, at the family home in Kidbrooke Place, Blurton, on May 11 this year.

She had hanged herself using the cord from two dressing gowns, tied together.

Yesterday an inquest heard that Mrs Bennett, a vending machine operator, had no history of depression or mental illness, nor was there any sign that she was feeling suicidal.

However, letters that were only discovered after her death, showed Mrs Bennett had a hidden credit card debt of £8,500 in her husband’s name.

And among a package of letters only one had been opened, which was threatening to repossess Mrs Bennett’s home, at 4pm on the day she died.

Mr Bennett told the inquest: “I had been speaking to her throughout the day.

“My last contact with her was about 3.25pm, nothing was said that was out of the ordinary. When I got home the front and back door were locked.

“I got no answer at the door. I assumed she was asleep.

“I called Anthony we got a ladder. We couldn’t see her, but the keys were on the table. I was really worried at this point.

“We broke the window, Anthony was in front of me. He saw his mum.

“She was at the top of the stairs. I couldn’t leave her ther…………… continues on This is Staffordshire

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Consumer Reports rated the best credit cards for people with big debt
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The economy may still be wavering, but not the banks.

They’re still sending consumers plenty of credit card offers with enticing rewards, cash-back offers, and low interest rates.

Consumer Reports just analyzed more than 50 cards, including ones that are good for those struggling to pay off their credit-card debt.

For those people, Consumer Reports recommends transferring the balances to a card with a lower APR. You can often find cards with very low interest rates, even down to zero, for balance transfers. But Consumer Reports cautions that you look carefully at the terms because they can vary a lot from card to card.

You’re often charged a balance transfer fee, usually 3 to 4 percent upfront. And the zero percent or low APR often lasts only 12 to 18 months.

Consumer Reports found the Chase Slate card is good for people who can pay off the balance quickly. It has zero interest for 15 months and no transfer fees in the first 60 days.

But if you calculate that you won’t be able to pay off your debt that quickly, you’re better off with a card with a low, fixed interest rate.

Consumer Reports found one of the best such credit cards is the PenFed Promise.

It currently has a low APR of 4.99 percent on transfers made before the end of the year and has no balance transfer fee. Be aware that you need to be a member of the Pe…………… continues on kjrh.com

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