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reereetx
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Credit Limit increase?

I have 2 credit cards (Credit One Bank-limit $200 Balance $157.89 & Orchard/HSBC-limit $300 Balance $272.01).  I pay both of these cards every month, usually the minimum, sometimes a little more.  I was wondering if I should request a limit increase?  Do they pull your scores again or do they just go by your payment history with them?  I want to increase the limit to hopefully help my scores (although I'm working on being able to pay down the balance drastically) but I don't want to hurt them by pulling my scores again.  Should I just leave them be?  Also, will adding my DH as an AU help his score out as long as my account is in good standing, or will it not make much difference if he is just an AU?
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WantinghighFICOscore
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Re: Credit Limit increase?

Credit One Bank usually increases your CL everytime you pay off the balance in full.  We started with Credit One cards after our BK and they gave us the typical $200 CL.  Maxed it out as most do, paid it off a few months later and they upped the CL to like $350.  Same story again, maxed out paid off and now the CL is $550.  Just PIF again, will let you know if they increase the CL again. BTW, they upped the CL without pulling CR and we didn't even ask for the increase.  No ask and no credit ding!
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reereetx
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Re: Credit Limit increase?

Thank you for the info!
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WantinghighFICOscore
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Re: Credit Limit increase?

BTW, Orchard Bank/HSBC does not give the CL increase so easily.  They usually require that you call them and they pull a new CR.  But the same company offers you many cards, HSBC, Orchard Bank, Household Bank.  I personally carry HSBC and Orchard.  My Husband carries HSBC and Household.  So if you are wanting to decrease util, you could take on another card and balance transfer.  Beware, I have seen new CC's ding the CS 20-50pts.  But that will generally ease off after 6mo.
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UpandUp
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Re: Credit Limit increase?

Big thing hurting the score is the high util (you're nearly maxed out on both cards).  Rough rule of thumb is to keep the balances (on the high side) below 30% of limit.  I think the quickest bump you'll see is paying both cards off in full, taking your util down to 0.  Wait a cycle to see the change in scores and go from there.

 

I tough thing is that the balances are low, so to stay under the 30% util mark, you either need to only buy "small" things, a trip to grocery store, gas station, etc, or, make sure you actually have the cash first, buy on the cc and then immediately send in the payment to the CC.  That way you're flowing purchases through the card (so they dont' close it), but keeping the utils low.  Doing this, alternating between the cards, today, groceries on card 1, tomorrow gas on card 2, etc, and interleving payments of the balances has helped me greatly when I had cards with small balances.  Also, going to the cards online sites to track the balances like a hawk to prevent overlimits and lates (which shouldn't happen if you're under 30% util rule) :smileyhappy:. Doing so got me increases without having to request them.  

 

I also carry, Capital One, HSBC (2 of them), First Savings (2 of them), and Continental Finance.  All started with the super low limits, but all have been increased at least once, some twice, without me requesting the increases.

 

Good Luck!

12/11/2008: EQ:448
1/30/09:TU:537, EQ:501, EX:540 - FICO
7/1/09: TU:653, EQ:606 (FICO), EX:681
4/1/10:TU:680, EQ:640
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reereetx
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Re: Credit Limit increase?

Thanks for the tips UpandUp. I actually have just paid off some installment loans that I had so I will hopefully be able to pay the cards in full each month and then just use them some to keep from closing and PIF every month.  It's just taking some time being able to get to that point where I can pay more than just the minimum each month.  I do see a light at the end of the tunnel though!  I have another intallment loan ($166/mo) that will be paid in November and then one of my student loans ($50/mo) will be paid around that time as well!  Not only will I have a lot of my debt wiped out by then...hopefully my score will go up a lot by then as well!  Especially if I can get my utl down which I am sure I will be able to do!
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Re: Credit Limit increase?

Remember when you PIF you must do that before the statement date to avoid finance charges.  So if you are using your cc monthly and PIF every month, do it right away.  We use our cards for a tank of gas or what not, and then PIF about a week later.  So it is always PIF before the cc cuts the statement and we pay nothing for using the card. 

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mocha76
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Re: Credit Limit increase?

UpandUp, congrats on your increased FICO score!!  How did you get it up so fast?

 


UpandUp wrote:

Big thing hurting the score is the high util (you're nearly maxed out on both cards).  Rough rule of thumb is to keep the balances (on the high side) below 30% of limit.  I think the quickest bump you'll see is paying both cards off in full, taking your util down to 0.  Wait a cycle to see the change in scores and go from there.

 

I tough thing is that the balances are low, so to stay under the 30% util mark, you either need to only buy "small" things, a trip to grocery store, gas station, etc, or, make sure you actually have the cash first, buy on the cc and then immediately send in the payment to the CC.  That way you're flowing purchases through the card (so they dont' close it), but keeping the utils low.  Doing this, alternating between the cards, today, groceries on card 1, tomorrow gas on card 2, etc, and interleving payments of the balances has helped me greatly when I had cards with small balances.  Also, going to the cards online sites to track the balances like a hawk to prevent overlimits and lates (which shouldn't happen if you're under 30% util rule) :smileyhappy:. Doing so got me increases without having to request them.  

 

I also carry, Capital One, HSBC (2 of them), First Savings (2 of them), and Continental Finance.  All started with the super low limits, but all have been increased at least once, some twice, without me requesting the increases.

 

Good Luck!


 


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UpandUp
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Re: Credit Limit increase?

Hi moch76

 

As you know each person's situation is different, but for me the lay of the land was essentially

1. (5) credit cards maxed or nearly maxed out

2. (2) medical collections

3. (13) non medical collections

4. (1) car paid off redeemed repossesion

5. (1) charged off credit card

6. (1) charged off bank account

7. (1) 30 day late credit card

 

I systematically attacked each of these by:

1. seperate the medical and non medical collections (created a spread sheet with all relevant info)

2. began the HIPPA process for the medical collections (both were ultimately removed)

3. began the PFD process for the other collections, (some fell off during the DV process, the ones that settled were for less than the amount they claimed I owed).  Only (2) would not play ball after repeated attempts.  They are old, so hurting less and will drop off within 6mo to a year, so leaving them alone.

4. good willed the (30) day late.  didn't get them to budge, but I periodically send in updated GWs as people say it takes several times to get results

5. And most importantly, I brought my CC util within 30% rule.  Actually I was finally able to pay them all off and saw tremendous leaps in my credit score after a cycle of balance updates by the cc companies.  

 

The dropping off of collection accounts moved my score only minimally in general.  Also, most of my collections were pretty old.  The biggest gains for me came from getting a handle on the CC util.

 

Good Luck!

12/11/2008: EQ:448
1/30/09:TU:537, EQ:501, EX:540 - FICO
7/1/09: TU:653, EQ:606 (FICO), EX:681
4/1/10:TU:680, EQ:640
700 Club, here I come!
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UpandUp
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Re: Credit Limit increase?

I fully agree here (which is why I monitor my cards via  cc company's online tools).  The key here is once you get the cc util under control, use them as a tool for the purpose of fixing the credit, and not as an extension of your income.  (hope I'm not being to preachy) 

 

For me, the things I buy with the CC are things I was going to/ needed to buy anyway, like gas for example.  Then the money that's in my bank account that I would have used for the gas I send to CC company (online bill pay makes this a very smooth process).  That way, I'm not buying on the credit card and then using the cash in my bank account for additional purchases.

 

At first I was pretty strict with myself, if I bought 50 bucks in gas on the CC, I initiated an online bill pay to the CC comany for 50 bucks within a day or two.  Once you get the hang of it you of course don't need to be that "on top of it", maybe monthly or semi monthly timed around pay periods as an example.  But for sure, get it in before the cc's update the balances.  This saves interest (you don't want that gas to cost %25 more) and prevents the score from taking a hit. :smileyhappy:

 

Good Luck!

12/11/2008: EQ:448
1/30/09:TU:537, EQ:501, EX:540 - FICO
7/1/09: TU:653, EQ:606 (FICO), EX:681
4/1/10:TU:680, EQ:640
700 Club, here I come!

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