Why budget? If you have a budget it is less likely that you will be short on money by the time the bill comes (this bill should be paid in full). You should never buy something that you can’t afford NOW (exception house and maybe car) so at the end of the month it is paid in full. Keep Util rate between 1% and 9% as creditors want to see responsible and controlled usage. Plan ahead means that if you want to buy a house you (this is a big decision) you begin planning stage at least 1 year prior to the search of a home. This gives you time to verify credit scores, fix anything that is not accurate, lower balances should you have any balances not paid in full, pay off loans to decrease Debt-to-Income ratio, in other words, make yourself as attractive as possible to a potential lender.
I assume your asking if getting more credit cards lower your scores–is that correct? The answer is “it depends,” A new account will affect your scores but usually it levels out after a few months. But that doesn’t mean you want to load up on a wallet full of cards in a short period of time.
If you have something on your credit bureau that is 30 years old, it has to come off. It is quite easy to do these days. Just contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and file a report against the company holding your credit hostage (if the credit bureaus are the one’s refusing to remove it, then file the complaint against them. If the debtor company is refusing to remove it, then file the complaint against them…or both).
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Going forward, if you tend to carry high balances on your credit card accounts, then you may actually find that it will cost you more per month to carry these higher balances because the minimum amount due may be raised to accommodate for this trend.
You should have cleared the debt before the marriage was dissolved. There’s nothing written that will physically force a person to do something. Having anything written into a divorce decree such as former spouse assuming all responsibility of paying the debt are not worth the paper they are written on as you now realize. You had a joint loan and it will always be a joint loan till the debt is payed and the line of credit closed married or not.
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You guys are truly all helpful. Would just like to say, thank you. Its too bad that there are so many complicated credit scoring models and too bad that this affects everyone in this country. I used to be one of those people that were afraid to check their credit , but have improved it over the past year. I will recommend applying for a Discover card to get a Free FICO score included in your monthly statement. I would also recommend using credit.com and CK.com to help track your progress , NOT just to simply check your scores. The scores they give you are “guesstimates” but can be close to accurate. I also applied for a secured card and within 6 months, the card became unsecured and credit limit went up from $600 to $1500. I’m assuming it could go up another $1500 if I keep making payments on time, but I would recommend this to anyone with bad credit. My FICO score went from 545 to 684 from 8/2014 to 8/2015. Feels amazing and I know at this point , that you MUST start somewhere! I even paid $80 a month for CreditSaint and/or LexingtonLaw to remove the bigger issues on my credit report. They are both great. If you can afford another $80 a month, help them, help you and cancel when you have a better idea on what to do. You must be responsible and straight forward if you want to move along in life with improving your credit. Use all the free tools to learn and take it from there! Good luck to all and thank you again to all on credit.com and all other blogs contributing to this credit world!
The use of credit information in connection with applying for various types of insurance or in landlord background checks has drawn similar amounts of scrutiny and criticism. This is because the activities of finding secure employment, renting suitable accommodation and securing insurance are the basic functions of meaningful participation in modern society, and in the case of some types of auto insurance for instance, are mandated by law.
On my 18th Birthday I went to Discover.com because I had seen promotions for it on TV and also noticed my parents used it on a daily basis. My mom loved her Discover card and they have had it for over 10 years. I was approved for the Discover IT Card with a $500 limit. Over the course of the next year they inceased my limit to $1,500. I was happy I was using it and reaping rewards left and right. I got greedy so I applied for the BestBuy Credit Card because I had worked there for sometime. Fast forward this along about 2 years later I had $3,000 in debt. I applied for 3 cards all on the same day and my limits were raised to $25,000 between all of my cards. I felt like the king. I had a Chase Sapphire Preferred card. It was metal! I was as cool as could be. Well I am now 21 I HAD a score of 780 and yeah its fallen to about 620. To this day I am working on paying my debts down by 0% Balance Transfer Cards but still paying my life away to banks and debt. Be smart about Credit and dont jack it up along the way. Credit runs this world we live in and without a near perfect score you will lose.
There are a lot of people out there with incomes into the six figures that have bad credit. The reason is not that they don’t make enough money or that they aren’t saving enough. The reason is that they have made bad choices with their debt.
Here is my problem. Our credit history only dates back 1 year 10 months…We got 2 bad credit, credit cards when we started out. They have low lines of credit at $600 and $700. They charge us $75 a year for them. We now have good credit and way better cards and would like to drop the first two. They are only about 3 months older than our better cards. They hold us hostage with those fees because we are afraid to close them and drop our credit. We had a Kohls card for 3 months and decided to close it because we just didn’t use it and it dropped our credit by 15 points! How much will it drop if we close these 2 cards then?
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This happened to millions of people in America back in 08 to 2010. The banks wouldn’t work with people on reworking their payments on their loans because the banks knew they could make more money allowing those mortgages to go into default. They got paid from the insurance on the CDOs and got paid several times over on faulty loans, so many banks were purposefully letting people default. Read the book “greedy bastards”, its a real eye opener on this subject.
Many Midwestern states, for example, have the highest credit scores in the country. Minnesota tops the list with an average score of 701. At $67,244, the median household income is above the national average of $51,939, but Minnesotans tend not to spend beyond their means.
I looked at my credit score this week and saw that it is at 681; which is up from the 674 it was at last month. I’m assuming it went up because the credit cards are going down. However, I don’t have any installment loans and I’m nowhere near needing to buy a new car. Any advice on how to bring it back up over 700 again? Thanks!
Studies have shown scores to be predictive of risk in the underwriting of both credit and insurance. Some studies even suggest that most consumers are the beneficiaries of lower credit costs and insurance premiums due to the use of credit scores.
When you know the kinds of activities in your credit that can affect your scores, you can work to take better care of your credit, too. Things like late payments, liens or bankruptcies all have varying levels of impact in your credit scores since they’re reflected on your credit report, too. Getting familiar with your credit report can help you see the impact these kind of events can have in your credit.
If you reviewed your credit information and discovered that your credit scores aren’t quite where you thought they’d be, you’re not alone. Since your credit scores use information drawn from your credit report, your credit activity provides a continually-updated basis of data about how responsible you are with the credit you’re currently using. At Experian, we provide information that can help you see your credit in new ways and take control of your financial future. You can learn more about:
When it comes to your credit score, the higher it is, the better – as your score increases, so will the perks and rewards, while the interest rates and fees decrease. However, a credit score above 750 is already considered excellent, and striving to achieve a perfect 850 will not provide much of a difference. Once an individual is in the excellent credit range, there’s little more he or she can do to get access to even greater interest rates and financing.
We shouldn’t use our credit cards as an instant loan for things we can’t afford? What happens when you need something right away like a car repair and don’t have the money? Save up for it instead? What if you don’t make enough money to save? It’s so easy to say you can pay off credit card(s) in full every month when you have the sufficient income to do so but what do you do when you lose a job at no fault of your own and can’t get another one right away to pay your bills on time or at all? BTW, my elders did a fantastic job at raising me, religiously or not; the true problem lies with those in the work place who can’t seem to accept and allow people to remain at a job which reasonably leads to people defaulting on their credit!
Ray the banks set people up to fail by making unreasonable often times high interest rates that are purpotrated on the poor or middle class. If a poor person was given a low interest rate and reasonable payments like the rich often get then I guarantee you they wouldn’t be struggling or failing in paying back loans. In addition the whole system is rigged. There are numerous articles out you can find online that talk about how banks want people to fail on their loans. The reason being is they actually make money on bank loan defaults and foreclosures. That is why they won’t work with people on better monthly terms to salvage people who are struggling in payments due to unexpected economic downturns or losses. You can even read about this in the book called “Greedy Bastards” by Dylan Ratigan who talks about this. It is called “extractionism”. What they did that helped cause the crash of 08 was take their “risky loans” and bundle them up with Triple A rated loans and sell them off to unsuspecting people who were investing in the market. They bought insurance on the faulty loans because they knew they would be loans that would default so that not only did they get money selling them, they got money on the insurance default of those loans. They got paid billions on all those bad loans. They set it up that way on purpose and use the excuse that people who are poor are higher risk, which in fact is not always true. Many people in the US have bought into this crap about “well they are higher risk therefore we charge them more”. Just like people bought into the “trickle down” economics.
Some banks have reduced their reliance on FICO scoring. For example, Golden West Financial (which merged with Wachovia Bank in 2006) abandoned FICO scores for a more costly analysis of a potential borrower’s assets and employment before giving a loan.
Gerri Detweiler – high credit scores are so highly sought after that the alternate route of building wealth is nearly inconceivable. I am curious to see if there is an answer to my question…if i maintain payments on my credit card at 10% utilization, how long will it take me to acquire a million dollar net worth??
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Yes I noted that it’s a risky strategy and I wasn’t necessarily recommending it. I was simply pointing out that it’s about the only way to affect the age of credit factor other than waiting for current accounts to age.
Why are credit scores so different between each credit reporting agency? Mine are about 70 points different. I have a year of on time payments, but score is still in the 600 area, no credit previously.
The amount of credit you’re using compared to the total amount you have available is your credit utilization ratio, and is an important credit scoring factor. You can calculate your credit utilization rate by adding up your balances on your revolving credit accounts (such as credit cards) and dividing by your credit limit. Most experts recommend keeping your credit utilization ratio below 30% – so, for example, if you have a total credit limit of $10,000, you’d want to keep your balance below $3,000.