Square one: how to build credit after divorce
Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful and emotionally draining experiences of your life. Your credit score is probably the last thing on your mind, but you do need to make sure you're working towards a healthy financial future in the midst of the separation from your spouse.
Some people are left [...]
12 steps to credit recovery in 2012
If your 2011 financial history involved a string of late payments, dealing with foreclosure, or having accounts go to collections, your credit score probably took a beating.
Still, it is possible to restore your credit if you're willing to make a consistent effort. You'll need to modify your spending, adopt healthier payment practices and tweak a [...]
The truth about bankruptcy and your credit score
If you've ever filed for bankruptcy, or considered doing so, you probably worried about the impact of a bankruptcy filing on your credit score.
That concern is understandable. After all, a bankruptcy stays on your credit reports for 10 long years.
But choosing bankruptcy protection doesn't mean your overall credit rating has to suffer for a decade. [...]
5 credit score serial killers
When we're kids, those shirts in the bedroom closet can look like lurking monsters. Without a nightlight, the dark can seem ominous and chilling. When we're a little older, our fears turn to horror movies, roller coasters and pop quizzes. But for grownups, there's nothing quite as dark and creepy as a steadily dropping credit [...]
Best secured credit cards
With responsible use, secured credit cards can easily boost or rebuild your credit score. Secured credit cards allow you to earn the trust of lenders, without posing a risk, because you're putting your own money on the line. Applicants for secured credit cards put down hundreds (or thousands based on creditworthiness) of dollars as a [...]
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6 Things to Know Before Applying for a Secured Credit Card
If you're looking to rebuild a damaged credit history or if you're trying to establish credit for the first time, a secured credit card might be just what you need. A secured credit card offer can help resolve a catch-22 problem that torments consumers in these situations: How do you get a credit card when [...]
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How to Rebuild Your Credit History After Bankruptcy Using Secured Credit Cards
Several months ago Tom, a member of CreditBoards.com, filed for a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Now he is in the process of rebuilding his credit history. It's a task that is not easy, but with patient persistence he is seeing progress already. Daily he checks his credit score and is slowly seeing improvement.1 In addition to [...]
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