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Quick Question..

Valued Member

Quick Question..

If Im just gardening for a while, is it better to have low utilization every month on your revolving accounts and pay 100% every month? Or actually keep a balance that is around 5-10% utilization. I assume its best to keep utilization down below 10% and then pay it off, every month, 100%. Is this correct? THANKS!

Started a little over a year ago: LOW 500's

Now as of /20/13: FICO EX: 709 TU: 706 EQ: 682
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Super Contributor

Re: Quick Question..

if you are gardening, it doesn't matter what your utilization is. If you can pay it off, then you should to avoid any interest fees.

However if you have 0% APR offers, feel free to drag it on since it's interest free.

Your scores will drop temporarily, but it doesn't matter since you're not applying for anything.

 

Just dont put really high balances on a few cards because you might get FR.

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Super Contributor

Re: Quick Question..

If your not planning to apply for new credit it really doesn't matter


JT44 wrote:

If Im just gardening for a while, is it better to have low utilization every month on your revolving accounts and pay 100% every month? Or actually keep a balance that is around 5-10% utilization. I assume its best to keep utilization down below 10% and then pay it off, every month, 100%. Is this correct? THANKS!



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Moderator Emerita

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Mega Contributor

Re: Quick Question..

Ive gotten fat and lazy in my garden and so have my balances! Smiley Happy




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Frequent Contributor

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NO NO, no fat lazy balances.  to the treadmill with those and work them down Smiley Happy

 

Back in the garden!
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Valued Contributor

Re: Quick Question..

    It doesn't really matter and when and if it does matter, the correct answer varies from person to person, credit report to credit report. Some say you should carry a zero balance on all cards but one and on that one card you should carry a balance of less than 9% util but more than 0 but some find that having more than one card with a small balance is better so it really varies., ..

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