The rise of bad credit history and eliminating it


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The rise of bad credit history and eliminating it

Updated: December 26, 2012

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Using credit cards wisely is not something everyone is good at. People often make mistakes and it is from these mistakes that they learn valuable lessons about using it well. It is important when it comes to credit cards to be extra careful about the choices you make. Once you have a bad credit history listed against your name, convincing banks to trust you can be quite difficult. However, it is important to also understand that you must not give up. There are many people from various walks of life struggling with their credit scores every day. Now that the economy is recovering there are enough and more opportunities like before but playing safe is vital. When you want to avoid bad credit history, it stands to reason that you would want to know what can create such situations. The first and foremost reason for bad credit is when you miss a payment and accumulate late fees on them. Make sure that you pay at least the minimum amount due well before or on the due date. Not all credit cards offer a grace period before reporting a late payment to the credit bureau so make sure you do not take chances. Ensure that you have the payment set up automatically in your account so that you do not miss it ever. Reduce the number of credit cards you have. Most people do not find it easy to keep track of multiple cards and payments on them. Linking it to a single salaried account is an easier way to keep track of it and if you have a really old credit card don’t close it. The older the account is, the better it is to keep open in order to keep your credit scores at a good number. If you want you can also opt for a lowered credit limit on the cards you carry. It is a wise decision to spend less on the credit cards as it will allow you to clear the bills and improve your bad credit history. When you have taken these steps to keep your credit scores reasonable then you need to focus on improving it. Once you have a high credit score, everything becomes easier. From loans to insurance, all your financial transactions will be affected positively by a good credit score.  If you want to improve it then think of taking a secured credit card. This is a surefire way to get your credit scores to improve. In addition co-signing with a parent or friend with a good credit score also helps. However be careful who you opt for on this deal; it can cost you both dearly in more ways than one should something go wrong. Make sure you keep a track of your credit reports. You are entitled to free credit reports from all the three credit bureaus once a year, so take a look at it and make sure all entries are correct. When you have done these simple steps you will be able to improve your bad credit history and eventually gain very good standing with all your creditors and banks.

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