Happy New Year 2013 to all, I wish you all to have a better score this year.
My question is about "utilization". I want to have a rough idea about how does a lender report balance. Since the balance that we incur is so dynamic, do banks have some sort of rule on which balance to report to TU, EX and EQ?
I run all of my expenses thru one of the CC I have. Sometimes I am making a payment of $995.00 from a credit card with a limit of $1000 but then I pay it off right away, mostly within the next couple of days(or as soon as the lender allows me to pay). Is that a good practice to max out CC but then pay off right away in full?
Please suggest if I should avoid doing that for the sake of util.
Lenders typically report your balance as it appears on your monthly statement. So all that matters from a credit reporting perspective is what your balance is at the time each creditor cuts a new statement.
Also consider some creditors report mid-cycle. Although it's not happened to me there are others here that shared instances where non-statement balances were reported. If that happened you'd be in bad shape @ 99.5% util.
Because the chicks dig it when I throw down the card to the waiter and...it comes in handy if I'm short on cash until payday and need a short spot. AMEX gets the booty, and that's important when you're a Pirate.
Minor vulgarity edit --Rev