Your guide to tackling bad credit effectively


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Your guide to tackling bad credit effectively

Updated: December 26, 2012

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A lot of people find that their personal budget is too tight to allow them to make any kind of changes in their financial planning. There are so many bills to pay at once sometimes that things get rather ornery. Especially when it comes to credit card payments, this is one of the reasons why people end up skipping payments and losing out in the long run. Skipping or delaying your payment is never a good idea; it simply invites trouble from your financiers as it tends to skew your credit scores badly. Eventually with additional interest charges and APR rates climbing up you are simply stuck and cannot even pay your way out like you could before. There is a way to cope with bad credit history; it does not have to be the end of your carefully planned financial decisions. You can get out of the situation without things getting worse and adding to your debts. When you want to work your way out of the situation, you will need to start with acquiring a credit report. This is not something that is complicated. You can get a free copy every year if you choose to opt for it. Look over it and see if everything listed is what you have actually purchased and also whether all the records of late payments or extra charges made to your account are correct. You can rebuild a good credit standing eventually, but the first step lies in clarifying that all records are indeed correct. If you find any incorrect entries or wrongly credited amounts, then make sure that you are able to file a statement immediately with the credit bureau regarding that. The lender has to clarify the statement within a month or else wipe it off your credit report. Once you have managed to clarify this part of your credit card statement, next you need to contact a credit counseling agency, preferably a nonprofit one. They will be experts in handling such situations and will be able to provide you with concrete reliable steps as to how you can proceed. At a nominal fee, you can work out with their help, a manageable payment plan to sort the whole mess out. They will be able to work out through discussion with creditors, a payment plan with lowered interest rates that you can really afford to pay. The level of your debt at this point will determine how many years it will take you to re-acquire a good credit score. This means that until then you have to stop spending on your credit cards and keep them locked up or better still chop them up if the temptation is too great. Once you have managed to get out of this financial crisis, resolve to never indulge in the mistakes you made again. You would have learnt enough about what can go wrong and how debt can add up to large and difficult amounts. Live with careful planning when comes to your credit cards and bad credit history will fade into a distant nightmare.

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