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What card should I apply for to fill out my file?

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What card should I apply for to fill out my file?

On another post, I mentioned i was denied for an unsecured loan due to my thin profile. I have 1 CC under my name right now that's reporting (Capital One - $500 limit) and I just got approved for a Discover IT card with a $2k limit. This did not show up on my report yet since I didn't evne receive it, but the HP is on there right away. I am an AU on a Best Buy card with a 6k limit (w/ a balance of $1999.99 right now, will be lower in a few days - but reporting at $2099.99) - this is under an interest free promo until Nov 2019  which is why I haven't been super quick to pay it further down yet. 

According to Experian's website, my fico is at 685 w/ 5 inquiries ( 3 recent - discover 2 x, 1 credit union for the loan).

My credit union suggested I get another card to show more of a payment history and to boost my profile, or get an unsecured loan which I'm hesitant to do (who has a few extra hundred bucks laying around to be tied up for a year) unless I absolutely have to.


Any decent cards that I may qualify for based on your experience? Maybe get a retail card like Amazon or Target? I'm not sure if they would report the same as a regular credit card or not.


edit: income is about $34k/yr if that matters.

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Re: What card should I apply for to fill out my file?

I would look into prequals with BoA and Amex. Amex usually is easier with thin profiles so I would look into that first. The bigger issue at hand is the balance reporting. 6k card with 2k used is basically 33%, that's crossing 2 thresholds, which is easily holding your score down by 20-40 points (estimated). I would either pay that down, or wait until the discover reports, which should bring your TCL to 8k, which would bring your UTI down to 25%, that's still a bit high but it brings you under the 28% threshold.

Depending on what your looking for - Amex & BoA come to mind. Depending on how your AAoA is, you may be able to throw Citi or Synchrony (Paypal 2% card) in it.

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Re: What card should I apply for to fill out my file?

In my opinion, an unsecured loan isn''t a bad idea.

1 get loan = $XXXX

2 put $XXXX in an account

3 make auto payments from that account.

Like the Ronco commercial "SET IT aaaaaaaaand FORGET IT" for the term of the loan. I did that with a small $500 personal loan years back when my credit was in the toilet. I then paid it off in 10 months because at the time I thought paying it off early would look better... hmmmmmm. It was a credit restart.... 

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Re: What card should I apply for to fill out my file?

@Vita36, how old is your Capital One card?


I don't think you're losing 40 points on utilization, but 20 might be in the ballpark. What's more important is the look. Apply when each card shows utilization of 28.9% or below.


AMEX is a good suggestion, but you don't want to apply too early. If your Capital One card is at least six months old, I'd apply once Discover has reported three or more payments. The main thing you want to avoid with AMEX is a low limit as those are hard to grow.

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Re: What card should I apply for to fill out my file?

I agree with the posters OP.  Pay that BB card down, everything reporting under 30%, and letting DC report a few payments wouldn't hurt.

At that point I would shoot for AE.  They are ok with thinner files and the have the ability to grow quickly.


Good luck with your journey!

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Re: What card should I apply for to fill out my file?

Thank you all so much! I was leaning towards amex because their rewards seem to be pretty decent and it would work along side the discover card and I can kind of tackle all categories for the higher rewards. Cap 1 is definitely at least 6 months old and has always been on time. Any time I reported a balance with them, which is hardly ever, I made sure to keep it lower than 8% because of the high balance on the BB card. I think instead of just paying enough to have the balance paid off by Nov (before the interest hits), I'll focus on getting it paid off much faster. That along side of the small secured loan should help. By then, I'll have a few months on the Discover card and hopefully can get my foot in the door with amex. I don't really necessarily care about a high SL to start off, I know it looks good but I don't plan on putting anything on it that I don't already purchase anyway so it's not a make-or-break deal. Overall though it sounds like the general consensus is to NOT apply for any additional cards right now until I at least get the balance paid down and a few payments reported for Discover. Smiley Happy

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Re: What card should I apply for to fill out my file?

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