I cannot wait for my credit card companies to start reporting this last month. I've been working on paying down my credit cards and I was able to put large payments on all accounts, even pay some off this past month. I have all of them, except for my new discover card, in the sock drawer. I am using and paying discover as much as possible to take advantage of the rewards match in the first year. I am hopeful that I will see a nice increase in my score, all three are still hovering around 600 mark right now.
I do have a question. I had taken a loan out a few months ago with One Main Financial. I was hoping to be able to refinance that in a year or so elsewhere. Is that even a possibility?
At the very least, I am going to look into refinancing my auto loan, as the interest rate was higher than it should be on that and I still have 3 years left. Every little bit saved will help.
Congrats on paying your cards down!
Refinancing loans is always a possibility, especially if you show score improvement, keep all your accounts current and refrain from opening new accounts for a while.
Unless you already have, join a good CU now. That way you'll have some history with them and be in a better position when you're to apply.
I do belong to a credit union. That is where my car loan is and they have already told me to come back to refinance when I was ready. I am hoping they will also buy out the one main loan. I need to give it some time though because I have a credit card with them also that has basically been maxed out forever. Before I went to One Main, I tried them to get a loan. They told me they could give me a loan to pay off my 2 premier credit cards and the credit union card, but they were going to knock my credit limitdown to $500 from $2k. That is one of my higher limits and the lowest interest, so I really didn't want to do that. That is the one card I am paying off slower, just hoping they don't balance chase since my accounts are all in good standing there. I am at $1,400, which is still much improved and I will continue to make $200 payments plus a little to pay it off in 6 months, then go for the refinancing.
My discover card just hit 8th statement. I wish I had done all of this a little bit earlier because I don't think it's going to graduate yet. Darn. Oh well, I can be patient.
So excited that things are improving. My scores are now 640 -660 and I just logged into Discover today and noticed that my card did graduate and the limit increased to $2k.