Since most holidays are officially over and the bills are lower (or gone?), now is the best time to join! Take a look at your credit goals and decide how long you want to garden. Some drop by for a few weeks and others like the party atmosphere so much they hang around longer than expected. Whatever your personal reasons are, you are welcomed here with open arms!
What is gardening? Quite simply, 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. Here we socialize, commiserate and support each other while waiting for baddies to fall off, new accounts and/or inq's age or just want a place to hang out to get away from the hustle and bustle of credit card talk.
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 furnished/supplied clubhouse. There is a snack table set up. Remember to set your clocks on March 8th, Spring Forward. The nights might start earlier, but they will soon become much longer. Smile, warmth is on the way, and you are welcome to heat up or cool down in our island!
St. Patrick's day is coming, and spring is in the air. Now is a Great Time to tend gardens and goals, both figuratively and literally. Healthy juices, juicing, vegetables, grilled zucchini, kale salads, pecan and apple pie ala mode (goes good any time of the year). There's also a nice selection of cold beers and my new favorite, Hot Toddy's (for those lingering colds). Once again, please feel free to bring and add anything that you'd like to add to the festivities. 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, Benadryl, 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!
Our club features a Friday night social. This will be hosted by Irish80, who has accepted the role of managing the buffet and bar. He will present a mouthwatering dinner menu (with graphics!) and announce a discussion topic. Everyone is welcome to hang out and either discuss the topic or anything else that comes to mind. Feel free to kick up your heels for the evening! The goal of the Friday night social is to enjoy getting to know each other and share in some fun. I'd also like to give thanks to MyJourney for providing hospitality and help to members both old and new. Life happens with many of our fellow gardeners, others will come to fill their shoes. You'll always find comraderie available here as you work towards your gardening goals.
So 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. We even have and Emergency Response Team (ERT) available to step in and help keep you on track!
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 and the discussion of which credit card to app for 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 AND RECOGNITIONS:
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.
*The Garden Club community recognizes that certain inquiries are necessary for factors beyond those listed above. Therefore, Hard Pulls/Inquiries for the following bona fide reasons are exempt but not limited to: Opening checking/savings accounts (so long as no line of credit is being opened in addition to these accounts), Employment Applications, Apartment Rentals, Utilities and other such services. These are not considered to be applications for credit per se. Also, for those who are seeking a new mortgage or refinancing an existing one, we understand that your lender will pull your CRs multiple times before closing. For those GC'ers, the first hp will set your clock, not the subsequent pulls. However, if you are simply rate shopping, then the normal hp rules apply.
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
9 months - palladium spade
12 months - platinum spade
15 months - ruby spade
18 months - emerald spade
21 months - sapphire 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.
To ensure that your graphic comes out properly on your siggy, please be certain that it has been added as the very first line of code.
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So, please feel free to come on in and share your gardening progress. If you're new or returning, what are your goals? If you've been here for a while, how are things going? Let's all mingle, and support each other in our respective gardening efforts!
Just a reminder, if you are new to the forum chances are you will not be able to add your seedling to your profile. Send a mod a PM, or let us know in the thread, and it will be added for you.
Going gardening for the duration of 2015.
Going gardening for the duration of 2015.
My goal as well.
My goal is still the 1st of December.
Good luck to all.
Hello GC. Less than 24 hours to my Gold Spade.
I'll be here for at least another year. I want all accounts to be 2+ years old and in the best position possible for the Costco/AMEX new offerings.
Happy gardening everyone.
Unfortunately, that would be the only reason to jump out of garden, because I might need a discover card (hence Feb 2016). Though I don't think AAOA will be back to two years by then.
Good Morning GCer's Happy March!! I hope I stay here till the end of this month!!! I'll take it a little at a time!!
Good morning and happy March!
Planning on staying in the garden for at least this month. Hopefully longer.
Entering the garden now. Need to pay off some of my revolving debt ($32k) and get my scores up. I need a CLI on my AmEx BCP!!!!!