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Rebuilding after Chapter 7

I'm brand new to this forum so I'm just going to jump in Smiley Wink I've read really great advice on rebuilding credit on here for others now I need some myself. I'm 60 days post Chapter 7 and have a school loan for $6,000 and I am an authorized user on my husband's credit card with a limit of $700 and that's all. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous to apply for a credit card at this point, but I know I should have at least 1 in my name. I had (3) cards for Cap1, (1)first premier and(1) Discover it that I included in my bankruptcy. For some reason, TU is still showing Cap1 as open which I already contacted TU for a dispute. I'm really stuck on how I should move forward on rebuilding my credit.....PLEASE HELP!!

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@MrsSanchez80 wrote:

I'm brand new to this forum so I'm just going to jump in Smiley Wink I've read really great advice on rebuilding credit on here for others now I need some myself. I'm 60 days post Chapter 7 and have a school loan for $6,000 and I am an authorized user on my husband's credit card with a limit of $700 and that's all. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous to apply for a credit card at this point, but I know I should have at least 1 in my name. I had (3) cards for Cap1, (1)first premier and(1) Discover it that I included in my bankruptcy. For some reason, TU is still showing Cap1 as open which I already contacted TU for a dispute. I'm really stuck on how I should move forward on rebuilding my credit.....PLEASE HELP!!


Open Sky is a secured credit card that doesn't pull a credit check, so it's an easy one to get now. You'll have to wait about six months post-discharge to get any pre-quals with Cap1, but they are usually pretty forgiving. Stay away from Credit One!



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Re: Rebuilding after Chapter 7

Thank you for the advice I will look into it. What do you think about Merrick?
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I believe you have to be invited first by Merrick to get one of their cards, but don't hold me to that. I DO KNOW that you shouldn't take the first offer they send you, which usually has a high APR & a high AF. People have posted that the longer they wait, that the offers get better & better ie lower APR & lower or no AF.



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Current Score: August 1, 2019: EX 674 TU 697 EQ 689
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Merrick does have a secured card for which invitation is not required 

 

https://securedcard.merrickbank.com/

EX 754 EQ 773 TU 752
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Good to know. My husband was pre-approved for the Discover It secured card should I just become an authorized user on that as well?
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