Originally posted 2012-02-29 23:25:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Many people do not realize that your credit score determines a great deal more in your life than whether or not you qualify for a loan or not. Your insurance rates, employment opportunities and several other things in your life is going to be effected by a bad credit score. Learn ways to increase your score by reading further.

If you have several credit cards(eliminate credit card debt legally) to pay off, start by paying off the one with the lowest amount. This means you can get it paid off quicker before the interest rate goes up. You also have to stop charging all your credit cards so that you can pay off the next smallest credit card, once you are done with the first one.

If you are trying to repair your credit score, you need a major credit card. While using a store or gas card can be an initial benefit, especially if your credit is extremely poor, to get the best credit you need a major credit card. If you can’t get one with a major company, try for a secured card that converts to a regular card after a certain number of on-time payments.

If you do not have a significant balance on your credit card, but want to work on improving your credit score, use your card for day to day purchases. The most important thing to remember when doing this is that you pay the balance in full each month. This will show lenders that you can be responsible.

If you plan to repair your credit you should read the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Knowing your rights can be critical when repairing your credit. There may be debts on your record that are inaccurate, which you have the right to dispute. There are also reporting time lines, so if you know your rights cleaning up your credit will be that much easier.



Don’t use all of the credit available to you. Credit agencies use a debt to available credit ratio when calculating FICO scores. When debt is at a high percentage, the credit score is lowered. Keeping available credit on every account that you have will not only help your score, but will also give you some options should there be a costly emergency.

You should be sure to fix any information on your credit report that may be inaccurate. Every year there are many errors that are incorrectly reported to credit reporting agencies. You should carefully review your report, and contact the credit reporting agency to dispute any errors you find. Follow up to make sure proper corrections are made.

If you are trying to repair your credit(Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), try negotiating with your creditors. If you make an offer late in the month, and have a method of paying instantly, such as a wire transfer, they may be more likely to accept less than the full amount that you owe. If the creditor realizes you will pay them right away on the reduced amount, it may be worth it to them over continuing collections expenses to get the full amount.

As it was stated at the beginning of this article, your entire life could be effected by having a bad credit score. Take the tips that you have learned from this article and put them to work to raise your credit score and improve your overall credit standing so your life will not be effected negatively by it.

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