Thanks for the advice Haulings.
You will see some decent recovery from the newness penalty when each new card hits 6 months. That, plus smacking the utility back down, will definitely help. You will also see a benefit from "diluting" your older bad credit with new credit, so those new cards aren't entirely negatives.
I don't begin to try to predict score numbers, but I think you can recoup most, if not all, of the loss in this time period, if you're able to reduce the util. That's why my siggy looks like it does: I lost 75 points on EX. After 6 months, a bit more than 50 of them are back, and I don't have the option to reduce utility like you do to get even more points.
Keep facing forward, and don't get tangled up in regrets! GL
siangirl34 wrote:My EQ score jumped from 600 to over 700 (in a few weeks), just by paying down all my cards (util was at like 90ish percent, to about 20-25% percent (it'll be more like 5 % if HSBC ever reports my new PIF balance). In my past credit life in Canada, when I was in a low paying job, I would simply cut up my cards, to remove all temptation to use them (putting them away wouldn't work for me). I could still use the account for some of my online bills, such as gas, hydro, phone and cable, so that they didn't go inactive. Not having a physical card on hand, really helped with my control.I wish you luck with everything!
Message Edited by siangirl34 on 08-12-2008 08:02 PM
tac1234 wrote:You mentioned changing jobs, I suggest you look for a temp way to increase income to slam the util down...or cut all spending to the bone.....the amounts of money that you owe should not be holding you back. so if possible pick up OT or a second and at the same time cut costs........carpooling , not eating out etc..... Its tough to know the road back and have it blocked.....