01-16-2015 01:26 PM
I want to join the 2015 Fitness Challenge. For the past 2 years, I have been diligently working on reducing my debt and improving my FICO scores. At the end of the month, I will have 1 credit card with a balance which throughout the year I will pay down until my utilization is below 15%. I am also taking the year to reduce my student loan balance by 50%. Both of these goals will be accomplished by making weekly payments.
What does accomplishing my goals mean to me? It means that, if and when, I decide to invest in a home I will be able to obtain an excellent interest rate and it puts me one step closer to obtaining my ultimate goal of financial freedom.
I look forward to collaborating with everyone throughout the year. Thanks for having me.
Previous scores: Low 600s
Previous Goal: 750 ALL
Current scores: 12/31/14 EQ 748 II TU 764 II EX 750
Goal scores: 800 ALL
Overall Utilization: 14%
01-17-2015 04:41 PM
These are all connected, obviously. The goal is really just to get out of CC debt without wrecking my credit.
|Gardening until out of CC debt (maxed at $13.4k)|
12/2014 - TU 694, EX 696, EQ 695, CC debt $10.4k - lowest known score 632 CK/TU New Acc't
Current (6/2015) - TU ?, EX08 775, EQ ?, CC debt $7.6k (5/15)
2015 goals - all 750s, CC debt $5k; 2016 goal - CC debt free!
|Brooks Bros. $15.0k|
01-17-2015 06:12 PM
This is the year to start making a come back and I'm excited for the journey ahead!
Goal for 2015 is to get everything situated to start repairing and rebuilding my credit.
Currently I have 1 credit card in good standing and many student loans in default, another credit card in collections (currently paying) and other small things I will be taking care of. A few days ago the wife and I spoke with a lender to look into buying a house. They pulled my credit at the time and it was 627, which was surprising. He said I needed 3 lines of credit open and would let me know what I may or may not need to do with my students loans. Also, regarding the student loans, they're not just in default but I had previously gone through rehab only to let them fall back into default status. My wife's credit is in the 720s, however, her current job of 5 months is a commissioned based job so we were told she'd need to be working there for 2 years before we could move ahead, or she'd have to get another job that's not commission based. I'd also be using the VA Loan to finance.
After finding out I'd need more open lines of credit in good standing I started doing some research (how I found myFICO). I applied for more cards and was denied for 3 but actually got another with a 1k credit limit. The card I already had was a Cap One card that has been growing since I got it and is now at 3k as of recent and I just received a congratulations email for my 2nd card through them that is starting me off with a 1k limit. As can be seen by my signature, my scores have dropped most likely due to my spree. I purchased the FICO scores through myFICO so I'll be keeping an eye on everything from here on out.
Looking forward to learning and building with everyone! Good Luck!!!
01-18-2015 12:28 PM
I am rebuilding my credit and decided to join the fitness challenge.Currently, I have 1 secured credit card but is thinking of getting another secured card since I doubt I will get approve for a nonsecured one.
Wells Fargo Secured Card - $500 CL
01-19-2015 12:01 PM - edited 01-19-2015 12:02 PM
I'm in...been a member for well over a year now but never really posted anything. Been reading tips and advice more than anything.
Paying down CC debt and getting utilization below 15% is goal #1. Currently have a hand full of cards that is a mixed bag of utilization.
Capital One with $1500 limit with $53 available
Capital One with $1500 limit with $850 available.
Merrick Bank with $500 limit with $69 available.
Express CC with $250 limit with 100% available.
J.Crew CC with $250 limit with 100% available.
01-20-2015 01:41 PM
I'm excited about the fico fitness challenge. I am a 30 year old male, banckruptcy discharged September 2014.
01-20-2015 07:08 PM
Completely excited to take the myFico Fitness Challenge!
This year, we're cleaning up our credit scores and trying to get into the 680 score range across the board. We started in October 2014, and we've currently moved up 55 pts pretty much across the board! We started at high 400s-low 500s, and we're now clawing our way towards our goal!
We've recently gotten our first credit cards, and started making headway on old, outdated things on our credit report. I hope to be home shopping by October! I love learning the ins and outs of the credit system, which, quite frankly, is something I couldn't give two hoots about before now. That's why I'm in this mess to begin with, but at least we're working hard to clean it all up.
01-21-2015 11:09 AM
Gonna give this a shot. I have been lurking for the past couple of month. Now, it is time to get motivated.
01-23-2015 01:45 PM
Hey guys, been a lurker of these forums since late 2014 and my resolution for the new year was to get my finances under control. Whether that is reaching my goal score or just making sure that I'm on the right path.
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