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Improve Your Credit Using These Tips

Updated on March 20, 2016

Having terrible credit can affect your daily life in a number of ways. It's harder to own a home and interest rates are higher on cars, insurance and a number of other purchases. If you've had a hard time keeping your credit rating up, here are a few tips to get your credit back in good shape.

Limit applications for new credit. Every new application you submit will generate a "hard" inquiry on your credit report. These not only slightly lower your credit score, but also cause lenders to perceive you as a credit risk because you might be trying to open multiple accounts at once. Instead, make informal inquiries about rates and only submit formal applications once you have a short list.

Pay your bills on time. It is the cardinal rule of good credit, and credit repair. The majority of your score and your credit is based off of how you pay your obligations. If they are paid on time, every time, then you will have no where to go but up.

If you have decided that bankruptcy is the only way to deal with your credit, it is best to file as soon as possible. Don't waste your time or money on strategies that you don't see working. Filing bankruptcy sooner will allow you to start the process and begin to get your life back in order.

An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to make sure that you open a savings account. This is important because you need to establish savings not only for your own future but this will also look impressive on your credit. It will show your creditors that you are trying to be responsible with your money.

Using a credit card responsibly can help repair your credit. When you use a credit card in a conscientious manner you improve your credit history and pave the way for healthy credit in the future. Always pay your credit card bill on time and do your best to pay off your full balance each month.

When you need to repair your credit, pay more than the minimum monthly payment on your debts whenever you can. Paying beyond the minimum, cuts down debts faster. In the case of serious debts, the minimum monthly payment may do little more than negate the debt's interest. Paying off such debts on the minimum plan can take many years.

An important tip to consider when working to repair your credit is to consider paying off the loan or credit amount with the highest interest rate first. This is important because when you consider how much your interest will compound over a years time, you will end up paying much more money to the higher interest loan. However, this method is not for everyone.

If you feel that your current credit situation is beyond repair, and you are planning to file for bankruptcy, current bankruptcy laws mandate that you must obtain credit counseling from an organization which is government-approved. This debt counseling must occur six months prior to filing for bankruptcy relief.

If you need to repair your credit, the first thing you must do is obtain a copy of your credit report from the big three reporting agencies: Transunion, Experian, and Equifax. Because you have to know what is being reported, make sure it is accurate, and then, devise a plan to improve your credit.

Bad credit can make your life harder, but using these credit repair tips can help you to change it. Take each tip and implement it so that your credit rating starts to improve. Bad credit can be a hardship, but it's not a permanent state if you start to turn things around today.

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