Can you work through bad credit to reestablish your credit scores?

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Can you work through bad credit to reestablish your credit scores?


Updated: December 26, 2012

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Getting into bad credit is a situation you would never want to encounter. The repercussions that start off on a small note, end up snow balling into a big issue in a short time span. People with bad credit history have to accept the fact that obtaining a credit card, loan or mortgage is next to impossible. They will be shown the door by the lenders who consider them to be high risk entities. Lenders who are willing to loan money will charge exorbitantly high interest rates. In addition, it will be increasingly difficult to find employment, since employers look into the credit history of the person before sending out the appointment letter. You will find it tough to rent an apartment, and you will be asked for deposits for various utilities. In simple terms, your financial well being is in jeopardy if you end up with bad credit. If you are already a victim of bad credit, here is some good news for you. Poor credit score does not herald the end of your life. You can work on improving your credit history if you are willing to make a few compromises along the way, and change your lifestyle in order to save more. Let us take a quick look at some steps that can help you regain your lost credit score. Close high interest rate cards Did you know that having numerous credit cards in your wallet could have a negative impact on your credit score? If you have a large number of credit cards, it is recommended that you close the ones that carry high fees and interest rates. However, if you have a large outstanding balance on these credit cards, it is recommended you close the credit cards after you clear the balances. Closing credit cards that have an outstanding balance can pull your credit score further down. Opt for balance transfer If you have a number of credit cards with outstanding balances, the best option for you to consider is a balance transfer. Balance transfers allow you to transfer the outstanding balances on multiple credit cards onto one credit card that offers better interest rates and terms. This can have multiple advantages. First of all, consolidating all your balances onto one credit card will help you clear it sooner. You will also be able to save a lot of money in the process. The most crucial benefit is that transferring the balance to another credit card will help you close the credit cards that you do not want in your wallet. All these benefits collectively will help you improve your credit history. Make timely payments You got into bad credit because of your wayward spending habits and not making payments on time. It is time to get working in that direction to improve your credit score. Make all your monthly payments, including utility, credit cards and loan payments, consistently on time. Missing even one payment can be disastrous. Do not spend on products you don't intend to use in the near future. Such expenditure will only increase your outstanding debts and make your monthly payments higher.

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