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Garden Club Meeting - April 2013

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Garden Club Meeting - April 2013

Greetings, fellow credit gardeners! The new month begins tomorrow, but I usually like to start the night before the first of the month, as I'm not much of a morning person and as we recently learned on another thread, it's best not to do anything before coffee:smileywink:. And so, I hereby convene the April meeting of the myFICO Garden Club. :smileyhappy:

For those who are new to the concept of gardening, it involves refraining from applying for new credit or seeking CLIs that require hard pulls. Soft pulls CLIs, however, are not only acceptable, but are encouraged. The idea is to allow one's current TLs to grow and mature, waiting for inqs to age or fall off, and possibly waiting for "baddies" to be removed or age off. During this time, one tends to one's current accounts and watches their AAoA grow and the new credit ding fade.

So, if you're at the stage of your credit journey where you're ready to enter the garden, please come and join us. You may pick up your complimentary watering can and garden gloves by the front door -- you can even choose your favorite color! We're proud to offer a well appointed clubhouse. There is a snack table set up. One of our members, myjourney, did a wonderful job last week with the buffet and I hope that he'll continue to contribute his catering skills. In the meantime, I'm going to set out some asian potstickers, sweet sesame wings, a dish of cold Thai noodle salad, and some peel and eat shrimp. And as always, we have mini-quiches (enjoy, Relevate!). There's also a nice selection of cold beers. Once again, please feel free to bring and add anything that you'd like to add to the festivities. And, in the corner diagonally across from the front door, there is a fully stocked bar, along with a wide selection of soft drinks. If needed, there are some anti-itch medications stocked in our supply cabinet near the door -- Lanacaine, Benedryl, etc. If you need to place your reports in the deep freeze, we also have a freezer, located next to the bar, so go ahead and throw your reports in! 

Come on in and make yourself comfortable. Make a gardening plan and commit to sticking with it! Are you planning to wait six months before applying for additional credit? A year? Until the last of your baddies drop off? Whatever your goal, we're here to support you. If you feel the "app-itch" coming on, let us know and we'll try to help you through it.

Now, if you happen to leave the garden prematurely, that’s your decision and we respect that. You are always welcome to come back, pick up your gardening tools and start over again. But please, celebrate any approvals on another thread. While we are happy with members’ success stories, we really do want to keep this thread’s focus and tone to be consistent with gardening efforts.  You are certainly welcome to celebrate soft CLIs on this thread, though, as they do not involve inqs or apps for new credit.

 

GARDEN CLUB CHALLENGE AND RECOGNITIONS:

 

Garden Club Challenge: Pick a firm date for staying in the garden and post it in your siggy!

 

Garden Club recognition levels: To qualify, your reports must contain:

  • No new tradelines of any type on one's accounts (this includes backdated Amex accounts, as they are STILL new "seedlings").
  • No HPs for anything that would allow for the possibility of a new tradeline being issued or increasing the CL of an existing tradeline.

You will be able to add the following to your siggy if you have abided by the above for the following time periods...

 

Less than 1 month - seedling

1 month - bronze spade

3 months - silver spade

6 months - gold spade

12 months  - platinum spade

24 months or more - diamond spade

 

Please note: recognition levels reset once you add an account or incur a HP. We recognize that there may be very good reasons for "leaving the garden," and we respect whatever thoughtful decisions members make. As stated previously, members are always welcome to come back, grab their gloves and start gardening once more.

 

Seedling:

<img src="http://ficoforums.myfico.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/2760iB9166C1A493A3CBC/" border="0" width="50"  height="67" align="right">

 

Bronze:

<img src="http://i.imgur.com/LEYWe.png" border="0" width="40"  height="40" align="right">

 

 SIlver: 

line to put at top of sig: 

<img src="http://i.imgur.com/Gfc4B.png" border="0" width="40"  height="40" align="right">

 

Gold: 

line to put at top of sig: 

<img src="http://i.imgur.com/24xvV.png" border="0" width="40"  height="40" align="right">

 

Platinum: 

line to put at top of sig:

<img src="http://i.imgur.com/vVRv5.png" border="0" alt="" title="" width="120" height="80" align="right" />

Diamond:

line to put at top of sig:

<img src="http://i.imgur.com/40nIa.png" border="0" alt="" title="" width="40" height="40" align="right" />

 

 

So, please feel free to come on in and share your gardening progress. If you're new or returning, what are your goals? If you've been here for a while, how are things going? Let's all mingle, and support each other in our respective gardening efforts!


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Mega Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - April 2013

6 days to silver!!!



EQ FICO 548 3/3/16
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Moderator Emeritus

Re: Garden Club Meeting - April 2013

1 day til silver

Starting Score: 08/29/2011 TU 671 EQ 674
Current Score: TU 754 EQ 694 EX 697
Wallet: NFCU Visa Sig 25k, Amex Lowes 22k, NavCheck 15k, Amex PRG, Amex Zync, Discover It 13.5k, Amazon Visa 5k
Platinum Spade Garden Club Member: App Free since 1/1/13. No more apps til who knows when?
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Super Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - April 2013

Silver today Smiley Wink

Before you app think...
Have you done your research of the CC?
Does it fit your spending?
Do you have a plan for the bonus w/o going into debt?
Can you afford the AF?
Do you know the cards benefits? Is it worth the HP?
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Mega Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - April 2013

Im jealous......Smiley Happy




EQ FICO 548 3/3/16
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Super Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - April 2013


LS2982 wrote:
Im jealous......Smiley Happy


Your next I got your back

Before you app think...
Have you done your research of the CC?
Does it fit your spending?
Do you have a plan for the bonus w/o going into debt?
Can you afford the AF?
Do you know the cards benefits? Is it worth the HP?
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Senior Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - April 2013

Still here.  I will earn my bronze on 4/12.

 

...and months to go before I app.

...and months to go before I app.

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Senior Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - April 2013

Howdy, howdy boys and girls.

 

Still app free since August...I'll confess that I'm struggling a bit tho.

 

...trying to hold out til August!



Zero percent financing is where the devil lives...

10/01/17 Fico8 scores: EX 660, EQ 647, TU 663
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Super Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - April 2013


FocusedAndDetermined wrote:

Still here.  I will earn my bronze on 4/12.

 

...and months to go before I app.

...and months to go before I app.


Your doing great looking forward to seeing the bronze 4/12

Before you app think...
Have you done your research of the CC?
Does it fit your spending?
Do you have a plan for the bonus w/o going into debt?
Can you afford the AF?
Do you know the cards benefits? Is it worth the HP?
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Valued Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - April 2013

Keep it up everyone. I'm up to 7 weeks, and boy does my app finger itch!!! I WILL NOT app until January, 2014...with your help and encouragement, of course.

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