Re: Reporting on New CC's-Getti
ng my score to raise
09-28-2012 07:14 AM
"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.
My Wallet: Amex BCP $10k, Amex Zync NPSL (> 10k), Chase CSP VS $9.2k, C1 Venture VS $5k, Amex SPG $4.5k, Barclaycard Apple V $2k, Walmart (Store) $1.2k, Chase Freedom V $600, BoA Cash Rewards V $500, Best Buy Rewards MC $500
Dream Wallet:Barclaycard Arrival WMC (replace C1 Venture), Amex Platinum (replace Zync eventually), Andrews FCU Global V (chip + PIN for travel). Otherwise, pretty happy with my portfolio now.