When your credit is bad it doesn’t have to be like a scene from Star Wars where Yoda says, “Once you start down the dark path, forever does it dominate your destiny.” Contrarily, it is very manageable, so long as you have the willpower and at least some form of income coming in, to help alleviate the debt.
Open a secured credit card to start rebuilding your credit. It may seem scary to have a credit card in hand if you have bad credit, but it is necessary for increasing your FICO score. Use the card wisely and build into your plans, how to use it as part of your credit rebuilding plan.
If you repair your credit score, you can save money on your insurance premiums. This refers to all types of insurance, including your homeowner’s insurance, your auto insurance, and even your life insurance. A poor credit history reflects badly on your character as a person, meaning your rates are higher for any type of insurance.
Before doing anything, sit down and make a plan of how you are going to rebuild your credit and keep yourself from getting in trouble again. Consider taking a financial management class at your local college. Having a plan in place will give you a concrete place to go to figure out what to do next.
Avoid paying repair specialists to help with your improvement efforts. You as a consumer have rights and all the means at your disposal that are necessary for clearing up issues on your history. Relying on a third party to assist in this effort costs you valuable money that could otherwise be applied to your credit rehabilitation.
Keep track of who you authorize to put an inquiry of your credit report. Inquires do have a negative effect on your report. Review your credit report and dispute any inquiries that you have not authorized. Keeping track of small items like this, can have a large cumulative effect on your credit report.
Having between two and four active credit cards will improve your credit image and regulate your spending better. Using less than two cards will actually make it more difficult to establish a new and improved spending history but any more than four and you may seem unable to efficiently manage spending. Operating with about three cards makes you look good and spend wiser.
To improve your credit worthiness, pay off your credit cards but DON’T close the accounts. It is an ironic truth that creditors want to lend credit to people who don’t really need it. Two of the major factors going into the computation of your FICO credit score are the amount of credit you have available to you and how much of it you are using. Paying down your credit card balances is the ideal way to improve your FICO score and bring expenses under control. As you accomplish this, there is a tendency to want to close the credit card account altogether to be done with it. Don’t do that! Retaining the account keeps the line of credit open and enhances your overall financial standing with creditors. Just set the credit card aside and don’t use it again except for serious emergencies.
Bad credit isn’t as bad as you might make it out to be. Sure, there is a pretty intense social stigma against those who have bad credit, If you have some money coming in, then all you really need is a little patience and a little planning. Before you know it, with the help of this article, your credit will be repaired.