01-02-2015 10:37 AM - edited 01-02-2015 11:00 AM
Happy New Year to the myFICO Forums Community!
Can you believe we’re entering our sixth year of the myFICO Fitness Challenge? If you have financial goals for the New Year, the myFICO Fitness Challenge is the place for you!
What’s the myFICO Fitness Challenge?
To take part in the myFICO Fitness Challenge, simply post an introductory note, and state your financial goals for the coming year. Are you hoping to raise your FICO Score? Buy your first home? A new car? Get that coveted rewards card? Tell us about what you hope to achieve, and what reaching those financial goals will mean to you. As the year progresses, check back here to report on your progress, talk about hurdles you encounter, or simply reach out for support and encouragement from your fellow Fitness Challengers.
To help you stay on track we encourage you to stop by for monthly check-ins for 2015. On the first day of each month, myFICO will post a monthly check-in thread for you to talk about your progress, successes, speedbumps, etc. Participation in these monthly check-ins is optional - but encouraged!
First time Challenger?
If you’re new to the myFICO Fitness Challenge, then welcome! To begin, set up your official MyFICO Siggy signature on your Profile page (Go to My Settings=>Personal Profile=>Personal Information). Then just reply to this topic, telling us a little about your financial situation, your goals, and how you plan to achieve them during the coming year.
Welcome back! Please be sure to update your myFICO Fitness Challenge signature so it directs to the current challenge. You can also tell us about your results in MyFICO Fitness Wrap Up 2014!
01-02-2015 01:00 PM
I would like to participate in this year's challenge, but I am unable to update my signature due to my lack of posts. Does anyone know the 'magic number' of posts so I can join in the fun?
01-02-2015 01:22 PM
I am new to the board, and am excited to take the myFICO fitness challenge! I joined myFICO in the beginning of December, and since then increased my scores anywhere from 18 to 40 points. Looking forward into 2015, I hope to purchase a home, as well as simply see my scores continue to rise, and making smart decisions. I was irresponsible with credit cards in my college years. defaulted on student loans, ended up having no choice but to accept a subprime car loan, and it took me years to recover. I've browsed some of the posts here and there and found some really great information.
Looking forward to being a part of the group.
01-02-2015 08:30 PM
I'm 25 and am really just now getting started on building/fixing my credit. As far as open lines of credit, I have none to speak of as of yet. However, student loans and medical bills have gotten me into trouble so far, so I'm working on cleaning things up. Just recently opened 2 new secured cards, one with the intention of increasing my limit every month. Hoping to get to the point that I can buy a house in the next few years.
Good luck everyone with the challenge this year!
01-03-2015 09:51 PM
New to this site.
I am starting over from a BK and a Relationship break.
My goals are to start rebuilding credit responsibly. Some day purchase a home.
Starting Score: Equifax 641, Experian 659, Trans Union 649
Current Score: Equifax 641, Experian 647, Trans Union 649
My Goal: 700+ by 2016
01-04-2015 03:45 AM
Starting out for 2015 after about 7 years of just letting everything go after some really hard personal times. Have a lot of work to do. Several old accounts for small amounts dropping off 2015-2016 ; No active revolving credit, use or open accounts as of 12/14 when we finally looked, only an open mortgage.
Joint activity in this house as both of us, husband and wife, are pretty much in the same boat. We had a series truly traumatic experiences and are hoping to rebound. We are now used to purchasing solely on a cash basis so, using credit only as a tool to build our credit score should be no problem since for the past 7 years if we could not pay cash, we just waited til we could for everything.
Goal: Develop some lines of credit to start overshadowing the bad while working to get rid of the bad; 650 score by June 2015 first target
Ultimate Goals: Refinance mortgage before these low rates rise : Maintain 720+ for both of us
Since 12/16 did secure some starting credit lines to have a rebuild base:
1 - Fingerhut $500cl
2 - CapOne Quicksilver $300cl
3 - CapOne Platinum $300cl
4 - Walmart Store Card Auth User on spouse's new $300cl (they denied me, not sure why so took a hard hit there)
Spouse since Nov 2014 has added:
1 - New Car Loan $27k
2 - Fingerhut $600cl
3 - WalMart Store Card $300cl
4 - CapOne Quicksilver $300cl
5 - CapOne Platinum $300cl
6 - CreditOne $300cl
7 - First Progress secured $300 (before she even imagined she would get unsecured approvals)
8 - Kay Jewelers $6000cl (really surprised with instore approval on this)
Paid off one small collection we didn't know about from VZWireless now going back to VZ as we never stopped being a customer and they really screwed us up by not transferring balance when we went from personal to business account.
Lots and lots of research reading on his forum as well as some other sites like Credit Karma etc: using and paying to see movement in scores; PTD options; etc
Pulled all credit reports ; currently outlining plan for deletion of bad accounts; all realy small amounts I could pay but need to invest the time to get PTD not just paid.
Some start falling off on their own in Feb 2015 so, need to start a priority plan on who stays on longest and get rid of them.
Hoping by joining and continuing on the forums for guidance we will keep the momentum to aggressively clean this up quickly and not just let the old stuff roll off over the next 14 months.
Good luck everyone!!
01-05-2015 10:48 AM
i am currently sitting at 509 overall score (lender told me this) Transunion and Equifax say to little credit information, and Experian 509. so not good at all. My goal for this year is to raise my score to atleast a 600 within the first part of the year through on time payment to my car loan, and atleast 2 secured credit cards to start off.
Second phase of my credit repair/build is to get atleast 1-2 unsecured credit cards to increase credit line and pay off a part of my car loan to decrease my overall loan. i would also try to get qualified for a mortgage loan so that i can purchase a house for my 2 ladies (wife and daughter)
lastly i would like to keep improving my score until this time next year.even if i reach my goal. hope everyone reaches their goal and checks in monthly.
01-05-2015 11:13 AM
I have only recently discovered myFICO so 2015 will be my first year doing the myFICO Fitness Challenge. I have a big goal for the year and some smaller goals that will likely need to be achieved in order to accomplish the big goal. My ultimate goal for the year is to start my own business. I have been working on my plan for quite some time now and overall this is going to cost $85,000 dollars. I will need to borrow $65,000 to get the business started and stabilized. Starting this business to me represents my chance to be truly free, to reap the full reward of my labor and to make my friends and family proud by carving out my own slice of the American Dream.
I think in order to borrow that kind of money my credit score will need to be significantly higher than the low 700s as it is now. The higher it goes the more it helps so I've set 800 as my goal because it seems like once you get into that magic category of 800+ you become almost like financial royalty. Its like they ask for your score and before you can even finish saying it they hear the 8 and say yes lol. maybe some exaggeration there but you get my point, the 800 club is like a status thing, its glamorous.
So, in order to hit 800 I believe I will have to do a little bit of scratching and patching to get some really old negative student loan stuff removed from my reports. There may be nothing that works to get rid of these old lates but the least I could do is try to have them removed. Either way they will start to drop off due to time in June of this year so I should be in line for some sort of increases no matter what.
01-05-2015 11:30 AM
Excited to take the MyFICo fitness challenge for 2015. I have had some financial hiccups in the past and although I am not nearly out of the woods I have made some positive strides.
My goal this year is to purchase a vehicle after a repo in 2008. I have been surviving on car rentals, zipcar, and lyft. I'm kinda over it. My repo falls off this year and I plan on financing a new Honda Fit (within my means) through DCU or Capital One. I also am aiming for the Capital One Venture after I garden for the next 7 months. I currently have a QS1, DCU Plat, Barclay, and USAA established credit lines.
I still have a utility collection and a BK that dont fall off until early 2016. I also have Sallie Mae lates that don't fall off until 2017. These are currently my hinderances at the moment. I am just maintaining my credit now and making good decisions. I did splurge on an Iphone 6 this New Years with AT&T since they were offering a deal that included a free tablet. That was my only unplanned purchase but there won't be anymore until I have a new vehicle and I am done gardening in July, hopefully with 700 credit scores.
Good Luck Everyone!
01-05-2015 12:29 PM
I started out in a bad spot when I was 18 with my first few credit cards and that all went downhill.
Fast forward 6 years...I've been working on keeping my payment history positive and I thought that was all I could do, until I found this forum!
I am now taking this on aggressively until I get to my goal. I would like to trade in my car and get an amazing rate without a cosigner by the end of this year.
Good luck to everyone!!!