Learn A Few Secret Tricks to Repair Your Credit

There is a lot of advice on the Internet on how you can repair credit; most of it you probably already know. The best way to repair credit is to show that you are making payments and that is not always easy to do. If you had the money, you would not be with a poor credit report – right?
Wrong. Check out how you could make payments even when you do not have the money and improve your credit score real quick.

The Secret That Can Set You Free

1. Is your credit report correct – first of all you would have to check whether everything that reads in your report is accurate? If not, immediately dispute those inaccuracies. Your score can up by about 10-30% only with this method. You need to know that you can get your credit report for free from three companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Space them and you can have the report every four months – good enough to know what is happening with your score.

2. Use the credit card companies’ closing dates to your advantage – the closing date of credit cards companies is a lot before the bill dates. Hence, the report would always show one month ago (not the present) payments. If you want that your present payments be included in the same month’s reports, send it before the company’s closing date.

If you more than one credit card, as most Americans have, you could plan in such a manner that the balance of the bills are paid in full before the closing date using the cards alternatively. This will give the impression that you are paying the bills in full – which can do wonders for your credit score.

3. Balances should stay low – when it comes to credit cards, the best option is to have them paid off in full. If that is not possible, use the above tip and try keeping the balance at 10-20% level. The lower the balance, the better is the score. Remember, all your payments have to be done before the credit company’s closing dates.

4. Ensure that credit bureau records your credit limit – most people think they do, but the reality is that they use your highest balance as your credit limit which is not only inaccurate, but also damages your score. For example, if your credit card limit is US $10000 and your highest balance say, was about US $4000 – this would be considered as your total credit limit. Hence, when you use US $2000 of your credit card you would be entered as using 50% of your total credit limit, when you are actually using about 20 percent.

5. Pay before due date – the due date of the credit card is the one mentioned without the fine. Most credit cards announce two options – pay before x date US $ abc amount or pay by y date US $ def amount. The second amount would be higher than the first amount. Most people take the second option thinking they are still paying by the due date as per the given options. The truth is that they are paying after the due date and their payment would be considered as late plus fine.

6. Emergency exit – if you are married or your parents want to help, you could always cut yourself some slack using their credit cards and juggling the money between the cards to buy time (and score points) until you can pay off the debt. For this purpose you would need to keep your credit file separate from that of your spouses. Keep your emergency door available.

The Art Of Management Applied To Bad Debts

What do you do when you find yourself neck deep in bad debts? Many people do not even realize how soon they can be swept off their feet by financial mismanagement. The biggest culprit here is the plastic money – it is so easy to say ‘charge it’ that you never stop and compute the total amount of the bill; and by the end of the month you are likely to find yourself swamped by shocking bills.

What You Can Do To Get Out

Now that you are in – there is no need to cry over split milk. You need to get out of your debt before it envelopes you and destroys your credit record. The following guidelines would help you straighten things out in a relatively easy manner:

1. Make a budget – this takes precedence above all other matters. Sit down with a pen and write down all your monthly expenses one by one. To the sum you get, add about 5-10% (minimum) of your total income as savings; you also add 5% as miscellaneous expenses. Now, check it out against your income. Are the sums compatible? Meaning is the expense side less than the income side? If yes, you are lucky – all is not lost yet. Use the excess amount to pay off the bills faster.

2. When bills are there, but money is not – this is a one line definition of a bad debt. Do not worry – there are ways to get out of such a jam as well. Check out your options:

a. Debt consolidation – this is a great way to get out of debt and stay off it. You would need to find a debt consolidation organization that offers the best rates and then allow them to re-negotiate the terms and conditions with your creditors. If you choose well, this would make a difference of at least 20% in your debt amount. Besides, they would pay on regular basis for you – and you would be out of debt in no time.

b. Use your credit cards – you could one credit card to bail you out on the other. The trick here is to do so before the closing time of the credit card company, which is a much earlier date that that of your bill issue. You would need to call them and find out what their closing date is – and once you have this information, use it to get out of debt.

c. Chuck out the high interest debts first – work like a fire fighter. Put out the big fires first. Make a priority list and have those debts with high interest rates as your highest priority to pay back. The faster you close the money drainage the faster you would be on solid ground.

d. Stop paying the minimum due on your credit cards – the minimum due payment is draining your resources away. Pay the maximum you can and save yourself from being charged a compound interest of about 3% per month. No wonder you are in trouble with cash.

3. Start saving – no matter how much you earn, you should make it compulsory to have a tiny amount stashed away for the rainy days. The wisest thing would be to invest the saving money into options that would earn you interest and high dividends. Consul a professional investment firm and start small – you will be surprised at the results a little planned investment can bring to you few years after.

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