Having credit issues can be a rather scary thing, especially since pretty much everything nowadays depends on your credit report. So it is really important to repair your credit as soon as you can. The following information will help you get started on your journey towards attaining a good credit score.
If you can get authorized user status on a credit card account with a good payment history, don’t hesitate to do so. If you pay the bill on time, the account holder’s history becomes yours. Be aware, however, that it also works in reverse; if the account holder defaults, your credit will suffer as well.
“Laddering” is a term used frequently when it comes to repairing ones credit. Basically, one should pay as much as possible to the creditor with the highest interest rate and do so on time. All other bills from other creditors should be paid on time, but only given the minimum balance due. Once the bill with the highest interest rate is paid off, work on the next bill with the second highest interest rate and so on and so forth. The goal is to pay off what one owes, but also to reduce the amount of interest one is paying. Laddering credit card bills is the ideal step to overcoming debt.
Stay away from Payday loans. They have the highest interest rate of any loan you can get. In the event that you can’t pay on time, you will literally be digging yourself into a hole that you can’t get out of, as the penalties and interest rates continually rise.
If you must use a credit card, protect your credit and manage your finances better by paying it off in full each month. If you pay it off each month, you will generally not earn interest on your purchases, so you pay only what the item actually cost at the store. Also, carrying over balances may raise your APR, meaning you pay even more in interest over time.
Even if your credit card allows you a grace period, if you are trying to repair your credit, make at least the minimum payment every month. Skipping payments tells the credit card company that you are broke, irresponsible or both, even if your card agreement says it’s okay to do. If you want to repair your credit score, you need to show creditors that you are serious about making payments on a regular basis.
An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to never pay for credit repair services before the job has been completed. This is important to ensure that you receive the appropriate services for your money, and also because charging for credit repair services without having completed any work is illegal.
As you can see, there are several things that you can do to help improve your credit rating. The hardest step is realizing that you can control what happens and then to do something about it. So follow these steps and work your way towards the credit rating that will open doors for you.