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Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???

jons998877
Regular Contributor

Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???

A year ago I couldn't get any cards, today I have lower tier quality cards (Capital One, Target, local credit union and Discover).....

  now I want a card from Chase or Citi, but not there yet. scores are 648/671/679 and have wasted a bunch if INQ trying to get them... I need no INQs for 6-12 months, any suggestions on to avoid the trap?

Begin of Journey ( 9/2018) EX 508 TU 506 EQ 498






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Jnbmom
Community Leader
Senior Contributor

Re: Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???

You can lock/freeze your reports so even if you get the "itch" and surrender to temptation they can't pull.

 

Also avoid even looking at the credit approval threads, this is always my downfall😊

EXP 758 TU 783 EQ 729
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VanderSnoot
Established Contributor

Re: Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???

I find the best cure is to stop or at least reduce reading this website, and turn your attention to other things.

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GApeachy
Super Contributor

Re: Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???

Give it a try upon Temptation; not a guarantee.

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Ficoproblems247
Valued Contributor

Re: Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???

You mention Citi, I got in with them when my scores were about the same as yours. That's the 1 card I wish I had waited on because they started me at 1k and I think it's going to be slower to grow than my others. I would really like to put some larger purchases on it here and there but can't because of the lower limit due to my credit seeking ways. 😂


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Til-hey-ra
Regular Contributor

Re: Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???


@VanderSnoot wrote:

I find the best cure is to stop or at least reduce reading this website, and turn your attention to other things.


I second this! Not that this isn't a cool place, but putting this out of sight for a while can keep applications out of mind. It is something to consider if other strategies do not/have not worked.

 

Also, OP, take a look at the Garden Club thread if you have not done so yet.


My Cards & Limits:
American Express EveryDay: $11,000
Hilton Honors American Express: $10,000
TIAA Bank Rewards Visa Signature: $5,000
PenFed Power Cash Rewards Visa Signature: $12,000
Capital One Savor World Elite MasterCard: $5,000
Chase Freedom Flex World Elite MasterCard: $3,400
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jons998877
Regular Contributor

Re: Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???

Thanks guys, all great thoughts... my focus needs to be paying down the cards I have, not alot, about $2800... and letting by Ford Motor and Navient age out even more

Begin of Journey ( 9/2018) EX 508 TU 506 EQ 498






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AverageJoesCredit
Mega Contributor

Re: Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???

I wouldnt necessarily call your current cards lower tier. Those are good lenders and for many are excellent cards. Just tske a break, work on your balances, and in 6 - 12 months your scores will be rock solid and you'll  be ready for the "Big Boys"Smiley Wink

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VanderSnoot
Established Contributor

Re: Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???

If you have debts to pay off, getting on top of your budget may be a good use of time. A lot of folks here use YNAB, and it makes a difference.

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KLEXH25
Valued Contributor

Re: Any tips on helping me to not apply for better cards???


@VanderSnoot wrote:

I find the best cure is to stop or at least reduce reading this website, and turn your attention to other things.


THIS!!! It's hard not to get caught up in everyone else's excitement here lol.

 

But in all seriousness, last year I gardened for about 8 months, and whenever I got an itch to apply for something, I would log into my Experian and read all the "negative reasons" for my scores. Seeing "Too many inquiries," "not enough history," etc. reminded me what I was gardening for. It also felt soooo good when I finally did apply and got approved for $8k cards that I could actually use, compared to $500.





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