-All this news
about European debt has taken the focus of
something even more important which is, of course, our
own debt if you live here. It is skyrocketing. And a Silicon
Valley company says it wants to do
something about it. NBC Bay area’s business and
tech reporter, Scott Budman, is here to show us
what can they do. Scott. -Well, Jessica, America’s
credit card debt is shooting up to nearly
a trillion dollars as we spend more
money than we make. It’s hitting young
people with plastic in their wallets
especially hard, so a Bay Area based
financial website is sending them a
message through YouTube. [VIDEO PLAYBACK] -It is a tale of temptation,
responsibility, and reward– -And thus begins a mini
movie, the latest release from financial management
website mint.com, about how credit cards,
which seem like a great idea for young people at the time– -Put it on the card. Cha-ching! –can lead to all sorts
of problems down the road. -That’s more than I have. -Consumer credit is a
huge problem in the US -That’s mint.com’s
Aaron Forth who says the video explains in
a Youtube cool kind of way, why a large chunk of
America’s $850 billion credit card debt
can be traced back to young people and the
allure oh flashy gadgets. -When you’re young and
you’re handed a credit card, the world is your oyster. -You didn’t budget well did you. -But it can be a sinking
feeling to be in debt. And Mint, now owned by Silicon
Valley financial giant Intuit, has seen traffic to its website
rise as the stock market falls. Lots of us, it seems, are
looking for advice online as we try to balance our budget. -Achieve visibility. Understand what the problem is. Second thing is you really got
to spend less than you make. So don’t spend more than
you can actually pull in because that’s never going to
get you into a good situation. -Having tamed his debt demon— -The message here, it
is possible to get back on track with
discipline and some help from financial websites. -You’re credit future is secure. Now, behold your greatest reward. -Thank you credit mountain. [END VIDEO PLAYBACK] -All right. That last part is
just ridiculous. Typically, you
don’t get women just by paying off your credit card. But our credit card debt is
right about $850 billion, which means we’re
spending a lot of money just to pay of interest
above and beyond what we’re actually buying. Jessica, there are several free
financial websites out there, each one with tools to help
you gradually curb your debts. -But it doesn’t give you chicks. -No. -No. -Not in my experience. All right. Thank you very much, Scott. -Got me into debt
all the time anyway. All right. Let’s go to–
change the subject.