Sometimes unexpected things happen in life and you get in over your head. Whatever the reason for your bad credit history, the first step toward repairing it is applying for a card made especially for your situation and then, if approved, making timely payments and keeping account balances low relative to the credit limit with all your creditors.
When you use a credit card keep in mind that your credit behavior will be reported to the consumer reporting agencies, so you could build your credit history if you practice responsible credit behavior. Also banks may charge additional fees for credit card use, beyond interest rates and annual fees. Read the terms and conditions carefully and know what you are signing up for - Credit-Land.com provides you with most current and full product reviews. Please note that not all credit cards come with $500 credit limit and some are fee based offers.
Don't trust anyone who tells you there is a quick fix for repairing your credit. Bad credit is a burden that can last years on your credit report, and may take a toll on your personal and professional life. Using credit cards responsibly and making on-time payments over a number of years and keeping account balances low relative to the credit limit helps building good credit history.
If you are thinking of applying for a credit card, choose the right card. A good option for consumers with bad credit is a secured credit card. Secured credit cards report your credit performance to consumer reporting agencies. So, if you are on time with all payments and do not go over the limit, you will likely be able to raise your credit score. Don't believe those who claim prepaid cards can do the same for you. Prepaid cards do not send reports to the agencies, and as a result there's no improvement for your credit history. However, they are good for establishing the habit of making payments regularly. They prepare you to have a regular credit card.
Living With Bad Credit
1. Although, most credit cards designed for people with bad credit, interest rates are much higher than for any other credit card. Paying off the card balance at the end of each month will help you avoid interest payments.
2. Secured Cards allow you to start a credit history. If you never miss payments and are careful with your spending, some banks may upgrade your secured card to an unsecured account and will refund your security deposit.
3. Don't believe fast fixes to bad credit. It takes time and dedication on your part. A negative report can last from 7 to 10 years, but this too shall pass, so start your good credit today, for a better tomorrow.
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