Raise your hand if you were one of the millions of people who promised yourself you’d only use your credit cards for an emergency. Everyone who read this just raised their hand, and that’s because no one takes on a line of credit with the intent of falling into debt. It happens, though and then it’s all downhill unless you take the steps to fix your credit score. Here’s how you can do it.
If you repair your credit score, you will end up paying less in security deposits. Landlords and utility companies alike charge more in security deposits for customers with a lower credit score, since those customers are considered to be a higher risk for default. Of course you get it back later, but there’s no reason to force yourself to pay it out at all.
Repairing your credit score can mean getting a higher credit later. You may not think this is important until you need to finance a large purchase such as a car, and don’t have the credit to back it up. Repair your credit score so you have the wiggle room for those unexpected purchases.
Be careful about which collection accounts you pay off. With the current way the credit reporting system is structured, paying off a collection agency may actually lower your score because the date of last activity will be reset. A paid collection has no less of an impact on your score than an open collection. This resetting of the date of last activity also means the seven year reporting clock will restart. If you can wait out a collection agency, do it.
Do not make credit card payments late. By remaining on time with your monthly payments, you will avoid issues with late payment submissions on your credit report. It is not necessary to pay the entire balance, however making the minimum payments will ensure that your credit is not damaged further and restoration of your history can continue.
You should remain patient, when building up a good credit score. Make plans for the long term and pay off your debt regularly. When you need to borrow money, you should be able to get it very easily. Adopt good credit habits as early as possible and then keep these good habits, throughout your life.
If you want to invest to improve your personal finance, then make sure that you are investing for the long term. The stock market can be a very volatile place. If you wish to make short-term gains, it can be like flipping a coin. The best way to earn with stocks is by going for long term investments.
At the end of the day, getting out of a bad credit situation is all about arming yourself with the proper information to do so. The net is riddled with misinformation and half-truths so heed this information wisely and use it to pull yourself up by the bootstraps so you can experience a life bereft of bad credit.