I made the decision 6 months ago to get my credit in order when I decided that I was going to give myself 3-5 years to own a home. My scores at the time were abysmal. I was sitting in the low to mid 500s all the way around.
The first thing I did was get a secured Cap1 card and paid on that faithfully. My credit score immediately rose to 600 within 2-3 billing cycles. That's a big step for me considering that I've never been higher than 550 in my adult life. Last month, I was finally approved for a Credit One card (again, its not much, but I was never able to be approved for much of anything before) and just 2 days ago I was finally approved for a Walmart Card (500 limit), Amazon card (800 limit), Ashley Stewart (250) and Full Beauty (250). To add icing on to the cake, I was finally approved for a DISCOVER IT card with 1000 limit. I'm excited to see what the future holds. I never thought that "Good Credit" would ever be an option for me because no one in my family has "good credit" however I can see myself cracking into the 700s by next year. To everyone else whose in the struggle with me, good luck, be patient and have diligence. If I can do it, so can you. BE BLESSED
What's in my wallet
Cap1 Secured : 251
Credit One: 300
Discover IT: 1000
Scores as of October 2016: 525EQ/510TU/549EX
Current scores: 626EQ/608TU/630EX
Congratulations to you, loveable! Your Discover approval is definitely "icing on the cake"! Now it's time to enjoy all of your recent successes, and sit in the garden and nurture your crops! Let these newest kids grow naturally, and you'll see your scores improve substantially in the next 6 months or so. Discover is most likely going to grow "big time" for you - give it time though and treat it well. So happy that you're doing so well credit wise! It's a great feeling watching your scores jump into a territory that they've never been before. Enjoy them all!
Thanks, I think I'm done for now. It's time to let these babies nurture for a couple of months. My ultimate goal is to get a Chase Freedom card and possibly refinance my auto loan.
OP Super Congratulations Since you have Walmart you probably can get Amazon too. Then both of them are great for quick CLI. Read this post
Try for some increases in that Walmart limit. I started at 400 with them and went to 3200 within 2 months
I agree, I opened mine in December 2016, got approved for $700. Just hit the love button yesterday and got approved for $5000!
I was in the same situation as you last year, and now I can see my credit raising rather quickly and my limits are growing rapidly as well!
Keep up the credit rebuild !
Nice job OP! Were your score in your sig's "current" range when you applied for your Amazon card?
Congratulations! Keep it up!!!