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Valued Contributor
Posts: 1,998
Registered: ‎07-17-2012

Utilization Is Jumping Up This Month!

Between Christmas shopping and the special offer that Target had ($10. gift card when you spend $50.), my cards are getting some heavy use this month!  I'll keep track of it but I'm not going to worry about it.  I'll move funds around and have a plan to pay them down when the new statements arrive in January. 

EQ08 - 738 | TU08 - 745 | EX08 - 746 |
Moderator Emerita
Posts: 27,204
Registered: ‎09-13-2012

Re: Utilization Is Jumping Up This Month!

My util will be almost 70% on one card but I have managed to PIF2 of my store cards and the util on the other 2 will be 1% after all the CLI's and balances update this month.  In January, I will pay down the high util card (too late for Dec it was the one card with an early cut-off) to its normal 2%.  


I have a plan - kinda upset about that one card but it couldn't be helped. Smiley Sad

Valued Contributor
Posts: 2,300
Registered: ‎07-23-2012

Re: Utilization Is Jumping Up This Month!

what's your current util? 


a few extra bucks is nothing to worry about. 

as long as you have the funds too pay it off . 


unless your 65%+ total i wouldnt think twice about it 

util only really matters when your applying for new credit and you want too squeeze those extra points out. 

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Inquiries (24 Months): EQ 6 TU 1 EX 6 | Most Recent: 4/09/2015
Over 12 Months:9

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Lower Utility
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Regular Contributor
Posts: 181
Registered: ‎07-09-2011

Re: Utilization Is Jumping Up This Month!

Same here Smiley Sad I've already seen my first 5 point drop on EQ for the first balance reporting. Keeping it in perspective - a year ago at this time my utilitzation was at 34% with 3 of my 4 major CCs almost maxed out. I was in the middle of a 3 year debt payoff. I have since paid off everything except 1 card which I was able to BT to a 0% card at my CU.


As long as I don't pay any interest and don't max out my cards, I'm considering it a good holiday. Smiley Happy

Established Contributor
Posts: 772
Registered: ‎01-03-2012

Re: Utilization Is Jumping Up This Month!

Yep, mine will be jumping, too.  I had to make a large purchase on my CSP to meet the spend requirement (yes, it was planned), but the statement will cut and report before I get it paid.  Oh well, it should return to normal when everything updates/reports in January.  I'm not stressing about it, as I'm in a much better place financially than I was at this time last year.

Starting Score: Jan 2012: EQ - 659, TU08 - 670, EX - ???
Current Score:April 2014: EQ - 772, TU08 - 782, EX - 754
Last App:3/21/14

Valued Contributor
Posts: 1,998
Registered: ‎07-17-2012

Re: Utilization Is Jumping Up This Month!

I haven't run the numbers but I'd say my utilization probably jumped up by about 25%. I only had credit lines totaling $1800. the end of last year and now I'm up to $9350. the end of this year. A nice jump in a year. I'll pay those cards down in the next few months and be back to my normal 10-15%. 

EQ08 - 738 | TU08 - 745 | EX08 - 746 |

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