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October 2018 Check-In Thread

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Re: October 2018 Check-In Thread


@itsnew wrote:
I’m 4 months in to gardening my score have gone up over 30 points no baddies on report and trying to focus on reducing debt.

Any other suggestions for improving scores?

Congrats on the improvement!  Really that's the ballgame.

 

If you don't have an installment loan you can play some FICO reindeer games with a share secured loan, but basically once you have your accounts setup you simply maintain them while reducing debt (specifically credit cards or anything with a high APR) and making sure you don't pick up any new negatives.

 

My failures have always been on that new negative front, I will never ever pick up any financial account that doesn't support autopay, never never never again.

 

 




        
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Re: October 2018 Check-In Thread

Hello all -   This is my first post!   After a divorce and medical bills that resulted from breast cancer in 2012, I am trying to finally work on this.   It is work!   I always just figured i would not get any credit at all so i just ignored my bad credit and dealt with it.  In August I applied for Fingerhut Freshstart, Open Sky and Total Visa.  I also did a $500 CD through self lender.  The only credit i had was a car loan from my credit union.   In September my car began having issues so i had to apply for another car loan through my credit union.   I have a decent salary and was approved for a $42k loan.  The credit union said they could give me a better rate in a few months in my credit score improved.   She suggested i get one of their credit union visa cards.  I was tickled when i was approved for $1k.   Unfortunately the credit union only reports to Trans Union.  Happy to see my score is improving and hope to reach the 700 mark eventually!  happy to join you all...been stalking this forum for months!   Smiley Happy

Starting Score: 548
Current Score: 602
Goal Score: 700


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Re: October 2018 Check-In Thread

@Scissorlegs, You are definitely on the right track. Credit unions are typically really good to you if you are really good to them. I would imagine in time your limit on the visa to increase significantly as your score goes up. Good luck with your progress.

 


@scissorlegs wrote:

Hello all -   This is my first post!   After a divorce and medical bills that resulted from breast cancer in 2012, I am trying to finally work on this.   It is work!   I always just figured i would not get any credit at all so i just ignored my bad credit and dealt with it.  In August I applied for Fingerhut Freshstart, Open Sky and Total Visa.  I also did a $500 CD through self lender.  The only credit i had was a car loan from my credit union.   In September my car began having issues so i had to apply for another car loan through my credit union.   I have a decent salary and was approved for a $42k loan.  The credit union said they could give me a better rate in a few months in my credit score improved.   She suggested i get one of their credit union visa cards.  I was tickled when i was approved for $1k.   Unfortunately the credit union only reports to Trans Union.  Happy to see my score is improving and hope to reach the 700 mark eventually!  happy to join you all...been stalking this forum for months!   Smiley Happy


 

Starting Score: EQ 677|TU 618|EX 627 Aug 2018
Current Score: EQ 708|TU 714|EX 722 Oct 2018
Goal Score: EQ 800|TU 800|EX 800


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