Thanks for all the advice!
Got approved for a Capital One $1000 credit line.
Going to close the Credit One card once it starts reporting.
Are you saying keep it open for at least 1 year?
I paid the entire annual fee already... first payment I made.
Just closed it. Wouldn't waive any fees, wouldn't offer a better rate... wanted to charge me $30 just to accept their $200 CLI offer. Woudln't even negotiate to keep me a customer. Not sad to see Credit One eliminated from my cards.
Thought I'd share my experiences so far, and provide my journey through Bankruptcy recovery.
So far it's been 1 year 6 Months, 15 days.
Started with Credit One ($400 CL... they suck, big time... but hey, they gave me a card, and that helped me get a start). I just canceled the Credit One card. They wanted to charge me $29.95 to accept their gracisous offer of a $200 CLI, and NOT waive the anual fee.
Next was my Capital One Card, unsecured, platinum, $1000 CL (Great builder card - kudos to them). I just upgraded the card to the Quicksilver which gives you some benefits, and got an automatice CLI to $1500.00
Figured, might as well get all the cards I wanted benefits wise at one time, so all the inquires fall off around the same time... So next was Discover IT @ $800(Another great card - came with good benefits off the bat) APR% on all my cards are about the same 22-25% ... working on getting that lowered - but that's just a time factor. Just got a $300 CLI from them.
Got a PayPal extras card... along with a Walmart card. Didn't realize they were the same underlying lendor (Synchrony Bank) So - that was a bit of a misstep. The PP Extra was a measely $300 CL, and the Walmart $500 ... neither will give me a CLI yet.
I also got a Navy Federal Rewards CC and account. $1000/CLI - great APR%15.99... but can get that lower also.
I've left it at that for now, and am going to just try and grow these cards. I've paid in full for all these cards with a couple exceptions, keeping the total credit used well below 40% ... and usually 10% and under.
Checked my score today and I'm at 685 (Creditkarma) ... not sure how super accurate they are, but I like seeing that number.
I'm aiming for 700 by the 2 year mark... and if I can keep moving along, hopefully 750 by July 2018
Anyone think that's realistic. Any tips on what I should do better... let me know!
I merged your two threads together so that everyone could follow along with your rebuild. Great job!
Awesome - Thanks!
... I was thinking I should just reply under my first, but the subject wouldn't make sense.
I did... it wasn't for a lot, but I doubt that matters.
On the idea of closing my Credit One card, I haven't had it for a year yet - would that look bad to have a closed account?
If it would look bad, or negatively effect my credit score, should I keep the Credit One and just look to get a major issuer card?
No real good reason to keep a bad card past the one year mark. Close it.