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Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

Moderator Emeritus

Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

Greetings, fellow credit gardeners! The year is rapidly drawing to a close. As we bid welcome to the holiday season, I hereby convene the December meeting of the myFICO Garden Club.

For those who are new to the concept of gardening, it involves refraining from applying for new credit or seeking CLIs that require hard pulls. Soft pulls CLIs, however, are not only acceptable, but are encouraged. The idea is to allow one's current TLs to grow and mature, waiting for inqs to age or fall off, and possibly waiting for "baddies" to be removed or age off. During this time, one tends to one's current accounts and watches their AAoA grow and the new credit ding fade.

So, if you're at the stage of your credit journey where you're ready to enter the garden, please come and join us. You may pick up your complimentary watering can and garden gloves by the front door -- you can even choose your favorite color! We're proud to offer a well appointed clubhouse. There is a snack table set up. This month I would like to invite everyone to join in a Garden Club potluck buffet. With so many different traditions to draw upon, we have a unique opportunity to share in a rich diversity of treats and goodies. So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule -- or even Festivus! -- please feel free to add your personal holiday favorites to the snack table.I'll start off by adding a holiday ham along with a baking dish of scalloped potatoes. Alongside is a port wine cheese log along with maple smoked salmon spread, accompanied by an assortment of crackers. And as always, you'll find an assortment of mini-quiches (enjoy, Relevate!). We also have ginger bread cookies, mini Black Forest Christmas Cakes and marzipan candies. And finally, I've brought some egg-nog with rum, and a bowl of wassail (warmed, spiced wine). Once again, please feel free to bring and add any of your favorite holiday goodies. And, in the corner diagonally across from the front door, there is a fully stocked bar, along with a wide selection of soft drinks. If needed, there are some anti-itch medications stocked in our supply cabinet near the door -- Lanacaine, Benedryl, etc. If you need to place your reports in the deep freeze, we also have a freezer, located next to the bar, so go ahead and throw your reports in! 

Come on in and make yourself comfortable. Make a gardening plan and commit to sticking with it! Are you planning to wait six months before applying for additional credit? A year? Until the last of your baddies drop off? Whatever your goal, we're here to support you. If you feel the "app-itch" coming on, let us know and we'll try to help you through it.

Now, if you happen to leave the garden prematurely, that’s your decision and we respect that. You are always welcome to come back, pick up your gardening tools and start over again. But please, celebrate any approvals on another thread. While we are happy with members’ success stories, we really do want to keep this thread’s focus and tone to be consistent with gardening efforts.  You are certainly welcome to celebrate soft CLIs on this thread, though, as they do not involve inqs or apps for new credit.




Garden Club Challenge: Pick a firm date for staying in the garden and post it in your siggy!


Garden Club recognition levels: To qualify, your reports must contain:

  • No new tradelines of any type on one's accounts (this includes backdated Amex accounts, as they are STILL new "seedlings").
  • No HPs for anything that would allow for the possibility of a new tradeline being issued or increasing the CL of an existing tradeline.

You will be able to add the following to your siggy if you have abided by the above for the following time periods...


Less than 1 month - seedling

1 month - bronze spade

3 months - silver spade

6 months - gold spade

12 months  - platinum spade

24 months or more - diamond spade


Please note: recognition levels reset once you add an account or incur a HP. We recognize that there may be very good reasons for "leaving the garden," and we respect whatever thoughtful decisions members make. As stated previously, members are always welcome to come back, grab their gloves and start gardening once more.


I'd like to express my appreciation to DaveSignal for coming up with some spade graphics that you can embed in your siggy in order to display your status. Thanks, DS -- great job!!!




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So, how's everyone's garden doing this month? Please feel free to mix and mingle, and share your gardening goals as well as your progress on the journey.

Current Scores: EQ 775 (03/04/2014), EX 756 (03/01/2014), TU 760 (03/01/2014)
Ruby Spade Garden Club Member - Last App: 03/04/2013 - No apps until 2014
Cards: Cap1 Venture 6.4k, Cap1 Quicksilver MC 1.75k, BankAmericard 1-2-3 Visa Signature - UCF Alumni Association 5k, Discover 7k, Citi Diamond Preferred MC 10.35k, Wells Fargo Rewards Visa 7k, Chase Freedom 5k, Chase Ink 7.5k, Amex Green NPSL, Dillard's Amex 7.5k, JC Penney 7.5k, Kay Jeweler's 5.1k
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Established Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

I am in the garden starting this month with a Gold Spade. See you all down the road!

Starting Score: EQ: 383 2/2011
Current Score: TU: 644 EQ: 648 EX: 6?? 2/2015
Goal Score: 700

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Valued Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

Stopping by with my fresh bronze. I'll be waiting out the new year, but not much longer than that. Will be car shopping sometime soon. Should see some good movement from a couple of deletions, so I need to tend to focus on the garden and not leave for any other tempting apps

  • Current: EQ FICO 706, TU FICO 701, EX FICO 706 | Starting Score: 525 (05/2012)
  • Starting total revolving credit: $1100 | Current total revolving credit: $36,700
  • Inquiries (12 Months): EQ 2 TU 1 EX 1 | Most Recent: 1/21/2014
Chase Freedom $9500
DCU Visa $10000
Capital One QS $2000
AMEX BCE $3000
Lowe's CC $8500
WalMart CC $3100
BOA Platinum $600
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Frequent Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

No apps before June 2013 for me!! I can really do it this time!! I believe in me!!!

Current Score:652 EQ (Beacon 5.0), 647 EX, 647 EQ, 693 TU (USAA CMS), 684 TU (Walmart)
Goal Score:700 across the board

My Wallet: NFCU cashRewards Sig ($14k); Chase SW RR Sig ($6); USAA Cash Rewards MC ($2k); USAA Plat MC ($2k); USAA AMEX ($2k) GE/JC Penney ($4.4k); Chase Freedom ($1.5k); GE/Lowes ($1.8k); GE/Amazon ($1.7k); GE/Walmart ($5k); Cap 1 ($1k); Comenity/LB ($1K); Dillards AMEX ($2.1k)
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Valued Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

I'm still in. Planing to app for Amex BCE in January and get the Jan '12 back dating.


Would having Amex Green for 3 months help?


I hope my score will be better. My only concern is at the time of apping, I would have 5-6 INQ in last 6 months. The last one is from Amex Green from 3 months ago.


What do you guys think?

2013 Approvals: Discover IT - 3/1, Amex BCE - 3/4, CSP - 5/4, Barclay Ring - 6/12, BoA Privileges Cash - 6/27, Citi TY Preferred - 8/6, OCCU Duck - 11/4, USBank (Cash+) - 11/22, Wells Fargo - 12/21, Nordstrom - 12/29

12/19/2013, $100k+ Available Credit. Total Util: 0-1%
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New Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

I'm in, concluding a 4 month extended app spree that ran from August through November, thanks to all the info that has been posted by the generous & knowledgeable members of this forum. 


11 out of 17 CC apps approved. From 1 card, $3K total CL on 8/1 to 12 cards, $20.2K on 11/30. Refinanced auto loan from WFDS to DCU. Was added as AU on $9.6K 24 year old FIA MC, and opened AMEX Gold which was backdated to my previous account that I opened in 1984. Smiley Happy   Current scores in sig.  INQ: EX - 5, TU - 6, EQ - 10 .


Buying a house for cash this month (a cheap one), so no need now for a mortgage late next year, which was my original goal when I started this back in August.


I'm here until late spring, 2015, when my BK7 falls off. Have 11 new TLs since August to age & grow until then. Should be able to go for some of the $5K minimum CL cards by then, if I want them. Hopefully will be able to upgrade to Walmart Discover and have great GE-backed CLs by then too!


Thanks again to everyone who posts to this wonderful, supportive community!




Message 6 of 297
Valued Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

An app spree the last 2 months has put me in the garden for at least one year.  I have a very recently discharged bk and I don't want to experience any AA.  I happen to have one of the creditors, Barclay, that I have read does this from time to time.  I have been PIF every month with Barclay's by charging my monthly bills that I would have to pay every month anyway so hopefully that helps.


Yea so I'm in the garden and by next year this time I should have some really nice blossoms on their way to becoming very strong, mature and beautifully colored plants.  Well here's to my next step which is the Bronze Smiley Happy

Major CC's - Barclay's ($5.5K) | Barclay's Sallie Mae MC ($5K) | DCU ($7.5K) | Discover IT ($1.4K) | Genisys Visa ($1.4K) | NFCU Visa ($22K) | Navcheck ($15K) | Chase Freedom ($5K) | SDFCU Visa ($8K) | Amex BCP ($9.5K) | Amex Delta ($10K) |Store CC's| -Amazon ($4K) | Catherines ($850) | JCP ($4K) | Macy's ($1.7K) | Avenue ($850) | Victoria's Secret ($1.4K) | Walmart ($4.1K) | Paypal SC ($1.3K) | HSN ($2.5) | Sears ($2.6K) | Sams Club ($4.1K) |Goal|: Age with grace to 750 across the board |Last app|: 3/3/2014
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Frequent Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

Can't wait to get my gold spade next week Smiley Happy still trying to see if I want to extend my gardening till July 2013. That would be a year from last app. Trying to wait till I hit over 700 before I leave the garden. Depends on what comes first Smiley Happy

MCU $1000 (open 5/2015) I Capital One $3750 (open 4/2012) I Discover IT $2000 (open May 2017)
Starting Score 07/2016: TU 619 I EX 631 I EQ 592 I
Current Score 05/2017: TU 658 I EX 666 I EQ 666 I
Goal Score: All scores between 670-700 by July 2017
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Regular Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

I'm in too. 

5 new credit cards and 4 store cards since May 2012. 

Total credit line was $600 in Nov 2011. Now over $20K. Been a very successful year for me.

Got several COs in 2010. Recently sending GW out. BofA just called today saying they will remove all baddies. Wow!


Thanks everyboday here. Love the forum. Love the atmosphere and chemistry.

FICO Scores 8: EX 731, EQ 731, TU 725

Credit Cards: Chase Freedom 9.5K | AMEX TrueEarnings 4.5K | Cap1 Venture Visa 3.5K | Cap1 QS MC 3.5K | Discover IT 1K | Cap1 Spark Cash 15K | AMEX SimplyCash 9K

Store: PayPal SmartConnect 10K | JCP 5.2K | Banana 3.3K | Walmart 4.5K | Kohls 1.5K | TargetRED 200
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Regular Contributor

Re: Garden Club Meeting - December 2012

I'm still here.

Starting Score: MyFico TU: 621 EQ: 610
Current Score: Discover TU: 829 Discover EX: 827
Goal Score: 700's baby! (made it 4/10/2013!)
New Goal: 830!!
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