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Am I Making a Bad Decision?

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Re: Am I Making a Bad Decision?

Yeah, got yahhh. Ill close em. And for new accounts I don't want anything until next year sometime and then ill only get the CSP and some CLI. After that I think it'll be a good idea to garden those things like crazy because ill have to get a house one day. Even though I dislike the garden! Hahahaha!
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Message 12 of 23
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Hahaha believe me, I really plan to stay there for a while next year. I gotta get situated right first though!!
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Message 13 of 23
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You are always welcome to plant your seedlings now.
Message 14 of 23
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Haha I guess I kinda have at least for a little while!
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Message 15 of 23
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Re: Am I Making a Bad Decision?


longtimelurker wrote:

1) keeping an additional TL, and some additional AAoA protection (but waaaay down the road, yes it is UP to ten years, and in some cases more, but  in most cases it is at least several years),



As I think more about this, it occurs to me that you are leaving them open, not for now, but for protection later, as you state.

Ideally, one can control their situation and AAoA, but perhaps something happens and 10 yrs from now, you really wish you had that extra few cards with 120+ months on them to keep your AAoA high.  I'm getting tagged now on that on my score.  I could have had 5 good cards over 15 years on there to offset these recent apps. 

 

In other words, it actually drops off your report when you may most want it and when it does the most good.

That being said, I would not keep everything.  With a little effort you can create a AAoA trajectory and perhaps avoid cutting it too thin

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Re: Am I Making a Bad Decision?

Exactly, my DH was suffering from closing his cc's 7-8 years ago and keeping only 1-2 'new cards'. Sure enough, when he did his one and only spree this March, his AAOA went from over 5 years to less than 10 months. If he had kept 1-2 more cc's open it would have helped. He had no idea those accounts he let close or he closed in 05-07 fell off his report early
Message 17 of 23
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Well really these accounts I'm wanting to close are only a few months older than my BCE and Freedom so I'm really not losing much AAoA even if they dropped now I suppose.
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Message 18 of 23
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09Lexie wrote:
Exactly, my DH was suffering from closing his cc's 7-8 years ago and keeping only 1-2 'new cards'. Sure enough, when he did his one and only spree this March, his AAOA went from over 5 years to less than 10 months. If he had kept 1-2 more cc's open it would have helped. He had no idea those accounts he let close or he closed in 05-07 fell off his report early

Wow, and I was upset when my AAoA dropped by a year!

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