One of the most difficult things to do with regard to credit is to improve your scores once they have dropped. It doesn’t matter if it is because of late payments, balances on credit cards being too high or something else.
There are two main reasons for this difficulty. They are a lack of knowledge of how to do it and an inability to confront the subject. The inability to confront the subject is actually connected to the lack of knowledge on the subject of credit.
If one had the knowledge, it would be much easier to confront. But because credit and finance are not taught in high school and because these subjects have been made more complicated than necessary, it is hard to really learn enough about them to get a good understanding of them.
Not having the understanding necessary to control anything will put you in a position where you find it difficult to confront it. The subject of credit has been made less understandable so that certain people can profit from it.
My goal is to give you the knowledge and power so they don’t profit from you. Instead, I want you to profit from having good credit, getting better terms when you use credit and not being taken advantage of.
So if you or anyone you know has had their credit score drop for any reason, this post gives you one of the tools that can be used to increase credit scores.
Re-establishing credit after your score has dropped is a key to getting it where you want it. Honestly, I think most people don’t do anything about it when their scores go down. Instead, they either ignore it completely, complain about the unfairness of the credit scoring system or stop using credit, at least for a while.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to begin re-establishing credit after things have gone wrong. One of the simplest ways is to use a secured credit card.
A secured credit card is different from regular cards because it is actually secured (backed by something of value). Most credit cards are given without anything to ensure the debt is paid other than the threat of being reported to the credit bureaus, being sent to collections or being sued for the unpaid amount.
Secured cards are different. Here’s how they work.
You open a savings account for a certain amount and get a credit card for the same amount. You can’t touch the money in the savings account as long as the card is secured by it but it helps you establish a new account without any late payments. This is very important for anyone who either has bad credit or no credit at all.
It is also very easy to get approved for a secured card because there is very little risk of loss on the part of the credit card issuer.
There are some tricks in using this account. Here are the main ones:
- Only use it once a month for something that you would normally pay cash for. This keeps your balance low, improving your credit score.
- Pay the balance every month. After all, you would have paid cash for the thing that you bought anyway, so just treat it like cash and pay it off. This prevents you from wasting money by paying interest on the card.
- Just in case you forget to pay the bill on time, set up an automatic payment for at least the minimum required. This prevents you from having any late payments on the account which would damage your credit and cost you more money.
- Get the card from a credit union rather than a bank. Credit unions are more likely to approve you and they have lower interest rates than banks.
If you follow these simple steps after having your credit scores drop, you will see your credit scores increase. This can happen in a relatively short period of time. I used this information to re-establish my own credit after going through a bankruptcy.
At the time, I didn’t have any credit score because I hadn’t used credit for about 4 years. Within 9 months, my score was over 700, putting me in position to use credit to my advantage.