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Discover Secured Graduation?

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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?


@tmdblueyes wrote:
Yayyyyy!!!! Card unsecured thursday night. Woke up at 2 am and checked the cli link. Yes, obsessed i know. Instead of getting the "we're sorry this isn't available for you" message I actually went to the reqest form. I put in for cLi but was denied. I also noticed the section of "how to transition to an unsecured card" was no longer there. This morning I got the official congrats email. My 7th statement cut Tuesday. Im ecstatic

Congrats tmdblueyes!!  No throwing in the towel for you...lol.  So happy it all worked out for you in a reasonable timeline. Enjoy your new unsecured status!




Instead of waiting for the storm to pass, I've learned to dance in the rain.
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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?

Congrats!! No worries I will be up waiting for that email in December lmao 

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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?


@Jago22 wrote:

@jlh1580 wrote:

I didn't get a CLI at graduation so I am stuck at $200. I can't imagine it's going to increase much, but I'll probably rarely use the card. What other options do I have in terms of cards with Discover? Is it worth it to app for Discover IT or should I just forget about Discover?


You can PC your card to an IT at anytime.   If you use it and pay it off A LOT, they will eventually raise the limit.  after 1 year a second card could become an option.  A card that doesnt start as secured does seem to do alot better. 


I didn't get a CLI either when my card went unsecured last week. I've already received my deposit back, I've noticed it's considered a Discover IT Chrome card now. Should I call and get a product change? I would assume they would start you off with a higher limit on the new card....no? 

 

And I was wondering myself, how much can the unsecured card even grow......




Jan of 2017 Credit Karma: 404
Sept of 2018: EX 652 EQ 626 TU 604
Total Credit Limit: $3000
Goal Score: 675 for all FICOS
Goal Card: AMEX GOLD (Upgrade offer May of 2019)
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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?


@CreditRebuilder2020 wrote:

@Jago22 wrote:

@jlh1580 wrote:

I didn't get a CLI at graduation so I am stuck at $200. I can't imagine it's going to increase much, but I'll probably rarely use the card. What other options do I have in terms of cards with Discover? Is it worth it to app for Discover IT or should I just forget about Discover?


You can PC your card to an IT at anytime.   If you use it and pay it off A LOT, they will eventually raise the limit.  after 1 year a second card could become an option.  A card that doesnt start as secured does seem to do alot better. 


I didn't get a CLI either when my card went unsecured last week. I've already received my deposit back, I've noticed it's considered a Discover IT Chrome card now. Should I call and get a product change? I would assume they would start you off with a higher limit on the new card....no? 

 

And I was wondering myself, how much can the unsecured card even grow......


I actually went ahead and called them about the PC. Was able to get a PC to a Discover IT cash rewards. But no CLI, she told me to wait 90 days.....but I can technically ask for a CLI at any time. Oh well. I'm in the garden so I'll probably wait the 90 days and then spring for that CLI. 




Jan of 2017 Credit Karma: 404
Sept of 2018: EX 652 EQ 626 TU 604
Total Credit Limit: $3000
Goal Score: 675 for all FICOS
Goal Card: AMEX GOLD (Upgrade offer May of 2019)
Message 24 of 31
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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?

My secured Discover card just graduated!!! Didn’t think they would this month as my utilization has been high the past few statements, just opened a new auto loan and a couple of new cards...no CLI, but that security deposit will be helpful with Christmas right around the corner Smiley Wink
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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?

Congrats to all of those who have graduated. I can't figure out what it is about my credit that creditor just don't give me near the same consideration as a lot of follks on here. I have had my Discover secured about 3 years and a WF secured for 6.5. No graduation. I have gotten all but 1 medical collection off my report. I closed the WF but for some reason still holding out of Discover. My Citi card graduated but is stuck at the $200 limit and I had a BoA secured that graduated, then 9 months later they closed the account. I about to close a Capital One secured that I have had since 2011. Amex has been the best to me so I thank those secured cards for what they did I guess, but I still cannot get another Citi, BoA, or Disover card as I have tried for unsecured cards for all 3. Alas, I will just keep on waiting. Majority of my spend goes to Amex now anyway. Again, congrats to those who have graduated but there are those here that are still patiently waiting.

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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?

My 7th statement cut on Monday 11/19 no email so I figured it did not graduate. I checked my email last night and was happy to see I recieved the email informing me I have graduated and my 2500$ deposit will be returened in 5-7 days. During the 7 months I have had the card, I left a small balance 2 times and paid in full the other months. sometimes doing multiple payments as I always stayed under 70% of my credit limit.  

 

When I started with this card my FICO scores ranged from 560 - 580. My scores are now EQ 633 TU 636  EX 643. 

 

TJ  

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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?

I only recently got my secured Discover it card. I only have one other card at the moment (very thin file).
This forum motivates and gives me hope and I love this card, so really hoping I have the same success as some of you.
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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?

You'll get there! My credit was nonexistent about 10 years ago. In a period of about 5 years, I was able to obtain Chase, AmEx, BofA, Citi and other cards with high limits. You just have to be agrressive with your credit growth strategy (multiple secured cards, apply for easy unsecured ones like Target after about 6 months of having those). After you've had your secured cards about 2 years, you'll get your foot in the door at a big bank.

 

Also, I might add that I ended racking up $70,000 on said cards and I ultimately defaulted and most of them charged off because of financial hardships and poor decision making. So I am here again, back on the horse rebuilding my credit and steadily working on my file and settling all those old debts one by one. I know now never to go down that road again with high limit cards (one of my charge-offs was for $23k from Fidelity Visa). I will be perfectly happy with my small Discover limit when it graduates because I don't really need anything more than a card that earns good rewards and can help me with some occasional travel.

Discover Secured 03/2018 - $300 // Target Red Card 04/2016 - $700 // Mattress Firm 01/2017 - $1,500 // Avant MC 07/2018 - $300
TU FICO: 624 EX FICO: 598 EQ FICO: 554
You can't run up $200k in credit card debt (like I did) if you never apply for cards with limits that high.
Message 29 of 31
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Re: Discover Secured Graduation?

My 7th statement cut on the 5th.  I checked this morning and it’s still secured.  We put $200 on it when I first opened it and two months later put another $1000 on it so the limit is $1200.  We run it up a good bit every month but always pay it in full or at least the statement balance.  We’ve never been charged any interest.  I was really hoping it would graduate this month as we could use that deposit to pay other things and put part of it back in savings.  

 

The only baddie we have is a BK discharge in April of this year.  I’m an AU on my wife’s secured NFCU card, and I have a Merrick card.   Both we do the same thing; charge up and either PIF or pay the statement balance.  Discover has my TU score this month at 644. 

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