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Paying Off Credir Card In Full

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Paying Off Credir Card In Full

I am a newbie and want to make sure I understand this correctly with my owm situation.  I have a securied credit card with Capital One and Applied Bank each with a present credit limit of $500.  Both accounts were activated early this month.  I have made charges on each card of a little over $100 and in each case I have paid off the balances within days.  I had an on line chat session with Capital one and asked what was the billing cycle for my card.  I was told that by due date was 2/19 and my statement reports the 22nd of every month.  Am I correct in assuming that my objective should be to make sure I have a zero or very low balance by 2/19 and 2/22 at the latest and to have a zero or very low balance on the second card by the equivalent dates that apply to that card

 

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Re: Paying Off Credir Card In Full

You got the jest of it, but out of curiosity, why did you do two sec cards, instead of one with a higher limit?

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Re: Paying Off Credir Card In Full

Never keep your CC's at a zero balance keep your util at 9% or lower. if you had more credit cards then it would be ok to keep one at a 0 bal. since you have 2 then i would keep them between 1-9% util.

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Re: Paying Off Credir Card In Full

I  thought I read something that say you need at least a couple of cards.  I have the ability to increase the Capital One card limit to $3000 and the Applied Bank card to $5000 with additional security deposits.  I plan to increase the limit of each by some amount each month. and use the cards to pay bills during the month that I would be paying anyway and just make sure I leave a 1-9% utilization on each.  Is that the correct strategy

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Re: Paying Off Credir Card In Full


rockup55 wrote:

I  thought I read something that say you need at least a couple of cards.  I have the ability to increase the Capital One card limit to $3000 and the Applied Bank card to $5000 with additional security deposits.  I plan to increase the limit of each by some amount each month. and use the cards to pay bills during the month that I would be paying anyway and just make sure I leave a 1-9% utilization on each.  Is that the correct strategy


I have seen the best results with keeping all my cards at 0 percent and one at below 10 percent; giving me an overal util someplace between 3 and 4 percent.

 

Keep in mind, the FICO score *dings* that come with 0 balance is much more minimal than people want to admit. When I had a 0 util on one reporting cycle, my scores were only 2-4 poiints lower than the whole 9 percent thing. Play with it a little, but it won't vary much more than 10 points.

 

Once you get over 10 percent though, watch out Smiley Wink

 

-scott

Starting FICO Score: 10/10: TU 498 | EQ: 502 Current FICO Score(lender pull): 09/14: TU: 784 | EQ: 752 | EX: 784
Collections Removed: Hunter Warfield, CBE Group, Merchants Credit Guide, EOS-CCA, Enhanced Recovery, Portfolio Recovery, UCB, American Collection Company, Medical Business Bureau, Jefferson Capital, Credit Portfolio Associates, FCO, LVNV, Convergent, Armor Systems
Other Negative Entries Removed:Plains Commerce CO, HSBC CO, 2008 Judgment Santander Reposession


Positive Accounts:10/10: 0 | 07/12: 6 | Mortgage Closed 5/12, Macy's AMEX $13900, Citi/Home Depot $8500, Capital One Cash Rewards $3500, BOA $7500 Total Utilization: 3%. AAoA: 2yr, 9mth. INQS: 1 TU, 1 EQ, 3 EX
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Re: Paying Off Credir Card In Full

Thanks

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