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5 Secrets to Effective Credit Repair

Bad credit is depressing and often self-defeating. It can be compared with quicksand – the more you struggle to come out, the more you will sink in and hasten your demise. If you are planning to go for credit repair, here are five important secrets that will help you immensely.

1. You need to honor your financial commitments.

Get to work and draw up a Spartan budget that will allow some excess of cash from your income. Steel yourself to commit yourself to repay all your pending bills with whatever spare cash you set aside after your budget.

The best and fastest way to improve your score and credit is by applying yourself to the timely and regular payment of your bills. In case you need, you could re-negotiate the terms and conditions offered for the loan(s) in question and lower your monthly installments.

2. You need to consolidate your debts

You need to repay all the outstanding bills; the sooner the better. One of the best ways to do so (though initially this will decrease your credit score) is by consolidating your bad debts. In this way, you will be able to survive the financial crisis while you enhance your credit score and improve your credit report.

3. Do not close your credit card accounts, and do not open any more

Closing all but one credit card accounts will lower your overall credit-to-debt ratio, and that will impede a fast recovery from a poor credit score. On the other hand, opening more accounts will also have the same effect. The credit bureaus look at such sudden behavior as acts of panic, and they will result in a decrease in your credit score.

4. Re-negotiate all your debt terms and conditions

Most financial institutions will be quite open to the idea of adjusting their fines and penalty interest rates if you convince them that you are willing to repay the loan. All banks and financial institutions will rather lose some extraneous money (from fines and extra charges) rather than the whole capital.

5. Hire a reputable credit repair agency or agent

The process of credit repair is cumbersome and time-taking. You may know all there is to know about credit repair, but doing it is another thing.

Everybody is too busy with their own life styles to take time to follow up with the credit bureaus and collection companies, to find the best and fastest way to improve your credit score. If you have the time and knowledge, you should definitely try your hand at it. But if not, it's best that a credit repair agent or agency is entrusted with this task as they will be able to assist you in this task in the best manner possible.

As you can see, it's easy when you know how. These five strategies will help you get rid of a bad credit score and improve your credit report. Ensure that once you are out of the impasse, you enlist yourself with any leading financial counselor and learn the proper way to manage your finances in the future.

7 Tips to Stay Out Of Debt

There are many, many ways that lead you into debt. In fact, it's always easier to get into debt than to stay out of it. However, there are a few ground rules that can help you stay safe.

Seven of these exceptional rules are listed below:

1. Budget for holidays and special occasions. You feel most expansive during the holiday – Christmas, New Year, vacation – and it's during this time that you spend the most. Save a little of your income for the holidays budget so you will have extra money for the gifts, parties, and enjoyment during the time.

2. Make lists – budgeting is also about creating lists. A list helps you stay focused on a certain subject and monitor developments. For example, make a list of gifts you want to buy people for their birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions. Don't wait for the event to do so. Buy things early and whenever you find a great bargain. You will not only be always prepared, you will stay within your budget as well.

3. Make hay while the sun shines. Different stores offer discounts at different times of the year. Ensure that you make the most of such sales so you can get the best at the lowest possible price. Once you start observing the frequency of these sales you'll come to know the trends and you'll be able to save a small fortune.

4. Shop only with debit cards. When you shop with credit cards, it's very easy to go overboard, more so when you enter a zone where you get some wonderful bargains. However, when you shop with a debit card, you know that there is a very real limit on the money available to spend, and this will act as a well-meaning break in the shopping frenzy that will have otherwise overwhelmed you.

5. Settle for sentimental rather than dazzling gifts. It's easier to choose an expensive gift; however, the best gifts are not always expensive. Pay attention to what your dear ones really want and try to give something of sentimental value. Say, a puppy for a teenager instead of a cycle; a dinner invitation for your spouse instead of the regular shirt/dress/ trinket. This not only costs less, but also shows that you care enough to remember what your dear ones love.

6. Save. Make this a compulsive habit. Let the first dollars to come out of your paycheck go toward your savings. Try to save as much as you can but never less that 10 percent of your total income. Savings is something that will always come to your aid and ensure that you never fall into the trap of debt.

7. Invest for tomorrow. Don't let your savings stay idle; let them work for you. Invest in mutual funds and other financial instruments that will ensure handsome earnings from your money without risk. Build an economic safety net that will support you and/or your family in case of any type trouble.

There is a very wonderful saying that you should keep in mind, “Take care of the cents, and the dollars will take care of themselves.”

Resources

The Credit Repair Organizations Act
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
Consumer Credit Protection Act
The Fair Credit Billing Act
The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)

 

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