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Garden Club - December 2018

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Garden Club - December 2018


   Welcome Garden Club Members!

Welcome all new GCers, returning GCers

and old timers to our little island of

"No Credit Applications"!



What is gardening?  Quite simply, it involves refraining from applying for new credit or seeking CLIs that require hard pulls. Soft pull CLIs, however, are not only acceptable, but are encouraged. The idea is to allow one's current trade lines to grow and mature, waiting for inquiries to age or fall off, and possibly waiting for "baddies" to be removed/age off. During this time, one tends to one's current accounts and watches their AAoA (average age of accounts) 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 inquiries to age or if we 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-appointed clubhouse. There is a snack table set up. You'll always find camaraderie available here as you work towards your gardening goals.


Help yourself to our drinks and appetizers. Flat-breads, sliders, pizza, buffalo wings, grilled zucchini, kale salads, pecan and apple pie à la mode. There's also a nice selection of cold beers. Once again, please feel free to bring anything 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!

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.

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 threads focus and tone to be consistent with gardening efforts. You are certainly welcome to celebrate SP CLIs in this thread, as they do not involve inquiries 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 any backdated 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 credit reports 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 been abiding 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
18 months - emerald
21 months - sapphire
24 months or more - diamond


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 add the code, click 'My Settings', then 'Personal Information', then paste the code into the 'Signature' box.  When you're finished, be sure to click 'Save' at the bottom of the page!  


*New forum members may be unable to add/edit HTML; see note below.

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.

Seedling: seedling-transparent.png


<img src="" title="Seedling Garden Club Member" border="0" width="50" height="67" align="right">

 Bronze: BronzeSpade.png


<img src="" border="0" title="Bronze Garden Club Member" width="40" height="40" align="right">

 Silver: SilverSpade.png


<img src="" border="0" title="Silver Garden Club Member" width="40" height="40" align="right">

 Gold: GoldSpade.png


<img src="" border="0" title="Gold Garden Club Member" width="40" height="40" align="right">

 Palladium: palladium.png


<img src="" title="Palladium Garden Club Member" border="0" width="40" height="40" align="right">

 Platinum: PlatinumSpade.png


<img src="" border="0" title="Platinum Garden Club Member" width="120" height="80" align="right">

 Ruby: ruby.png


<img src="" border="0" title="Ruby Garden Club Member" width="40" height="40" align="right">

 Emerald: emerald.png


<img src="" border="0" width="40" title="Emerald Garden Club Member" height="40" align="right">



<img src="" border="0" width="40" title="Sapphire Garden Club Member" height="40" align="right">



<img src="" border="0" title="Diamond Garden Club Member" width="40" height="40" align="right">


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 you may not be able to add a seedling or spade to your profile yourself; a rank of "Member" is required to add HTML to your signature.  In this case send any moderator a PM and we'll add it for you.  Smiley Wink


You can also use the "Report Inappropriate Content" option on any post to notify a moderator; be sure to indicate that you need _____ spade. (seedling, bronze, etc.)




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Community Leader
Mega Contributor

Re: Garden Club - December 2018

Happy December guys and congrats on making it through the year! Credit goals for the most part have been met and expect next year to be real quiet as I let these HPs recover and accounts age. Trip at the end of this month to PV has finally arrived that I'm pretty excited about despite being there last year; it'll be nice being with an actual group and not just the three of us this time around. On personal side GF and I will start an excerise regime this Sunday/Monday and it's something she's set on both of us keeping on a consistent basis even during trips/vacations so this will be interesting we're still debating on morning/evening workouts so we'll see how that shakes out.


Garden hard, gals and guys!

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Re: Garden Club - December 2018

Hello MFers,


Happy holidays.


So many things happened with gardeners  last month. I hope those who have been experiencing difficulties in life (whatever that may be) find peace and health soon!


Checking in for December, where I am going to be hunkering down in my little plot for the foreseeable future.  I have no need for a new car, new house, or anything for which I would need financing.  Of course, we all know what good intentions are good for, so while I have no intent to leave the garden any time soon, I’ll pass on setting a particular time period. After all, this isn’t jail. 


After my [redacted] in November, I realize I am probably done with acquiring much more in the way of credit products. I really don’t need more credit (thanks, Chase, for that lesson), though it doesn’t mean I can’t shuffle lines around to best suit my spending. Smiley Wink


I was thinking about getting rid of some cards, but they either have quite a bit of history or have some sort of useful benefit. I still get value from cards with AFs. For the most part, I am done with getting CLIs, and perhaps I might/should consider some CLDs. It might be worth considering for non AF cards that are SD’d, but there is no rush to make any decisions.


Anyways, I wish you all the best this holiday season. I doubt I will be able to keep up with the thread this month since I’m leaving the country for part of it.


Garden strong, folks. Smiley Happy 

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Re: Garden Club - December 2018


Last HP 08-07-2023

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Re: Garden Club - December 2018

RIP George #41

You are missed already

>3/2016 EX 644 CK-TU 642 CK-EQ 660 WalMart- 671.
>5/2023 All 3 reports 840ish (F8) F9s = 850 but my app finger is still twitching
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Happy December, everybody!  wavey_zps81xnuobx.gif

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Well its time to complete Christmas shopping and get new cli to pay for it lol

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Re: Garden Club - December 2018

Happy December everyone!  Still here looking forward to the upcoming holidays.  Almost finished shopping.  
Will have a lot of paying to do when January arrives. Wishing everyone a great holiday season.

Instead of waiting for the storm to pass, I've learned to dance in the rain.
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Re: Garden Club - December 2018

And on that I'm heading to bed I'm actually amazed I stayed awake long enough for the new thread. Smiley LOL Be back in the morning to leave a mountain of kudos for everyone!

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