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Improving Your Credit is Easier Than You Thought

People can find themselves with bad credit for any number of reasons, from not paying their bills on time to bankruptcy or maxing out their credit cards to applying for lots of cards at once. No matter what factors are causing you to have bad credit there are plenty of things you can do to reverse the bad credit score. Improving your credit score simply requires that you have a plan and work the plan accordingly without fail. Then, slowly but surely, you will see your credit score improve and before you know it you will have left the slums of bad credit behind and be enjoying the many benefits good credit scores bestow the individual.

You are probably thinking that if there is any plan to improve your credit score you will follow it because you are tired of feeling like a second class citizen simply because you made a few mistakes and wound up with bad credit. Well, there certainly is a plan and several tips you can follow to improve your credit. There are some actions that will give you a quick credit boost, but others take a long time so you must be patient. Consider the following plan to help you improve your credit score.

Make a Monthly Payment
While it seems easy to forego that monthly payment when you really need the cash, you should consider what each late payment does to your credit report. It brings down your score and your report reflects how many days late you were. However, if you make your payment on time, or even a portion of it, then you will not experience the late payment fee or the reduction in credit score. So, making monthly payments can immediately increase your credit score and the more payments you make on time the higher your score rises. Because of this it is important to make on time payments every time and get into the habit of doing so. If you simply can’t remember when your payments are due, set up an electronic payment plan and the monthly payments will be drafted making it easier for you.

Reduce Your Debt
You have credit cards for every favorite store, as well as MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express and whenever there is something you like you simply buy it with no regard to how you will pay for it other than you have enough credit left to buy it. This is not the way increase your credit score but rather will result with you having worse credit and higher debt. To increase your credit score you need to reduce your debt. This means making higher monthly payments and not using your credit cards unless there is a true emergency. You should cut up all of your credit cards except the one with the best interest rate and limit, so you will not be tempted. However, don’t close your accounts because open accounts with balances of zero will help improve your credit score. Each month as you reduce your debt your credit score will start inching upwards.

Bankruptcy is Not an Option
If you have bad credit you may feel overwhelmed and think there is no other way out other than bankruptcy. However, if you file bankruptcy you may feel some relief regarding your debts, but you will be putting the final nail in your credit coffin by doing so. Bankruptcy will stay on your credit report at least 10 years and keep your credit score low the entire time and the only option for credit you will have is super high interest if you are even given that. So, if you have credit problems talk with a credit counselor as well as your credit card companies about getting on a payment plan to pay off your debt and stay away from bankruptcy to keep your score from falling into the credit dungeon.

See: Improve Your Credit in Four Easy Steps

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