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Re: Reporting on New CC's-Getting my score to raise

"Keep your utilization painfully low" means never let your total balance exceed 30% of your total credit limits.

 

Also, at the phase of rebuilding you're in, I'd apply the same logic to each individual card just to make sure your lenders remain secure in your ability to pay.  So, for example, never put more than $60 on that Slate with a $200 limit.  Treat it as if the actual credit limit is 30% of what it actually is.

 

"Wait and be patient" means no applications, no requests for credit limit increase, none of that.  Just use all 4 cards every month, and pay them like clockwork.  With a payment history as cluttered with lates as you say yours is, the best way to improve your score is rack up a good 6-12 months of perfectly on-time payments.

Starting: EQ 622 (myFICO 7/7/12), EX 696 (TU FAKO 8/14/12), TU 621 (CK TransRisk 7/24/12), Total CL $1k on 2 TLs
Current: EQ 709 (CCT 2/4/15), EX 704 (CCT 2/4/15) , TU 702 (CCT 2/4/15), Total CL $110.3k on 14 TLs Goal: 740+ x3
My Wallet: Amex BCP $30k, Chase United Explorer $16k, Amex SPG $13.5k, Barclaycard Ring MC $12.5k, Chase CSP VS $12.2k, Discover it $10.5k, C1 Venture VS $6.5k, Chase Slate $3.5k, Amex Hilton Surpass $2k, Barclaycard Apple V $2k, Chase Freedom V $1100, BoA Cash Rewards V $500, Citi BestBuy $500
My Loans: Prosper $25k/36mo, Prosper $17k/36mo
My Business: Chase Ink VS $5k, Amex BRG NPSL (> 10k),