When your credit is bad it doesn’t have to be like a scene from Star Wars where Yoda says, “Once you start down the dark path, forever does it dominate your destiny.” Contrarily, it is very manageable, so long as you have the willpower and at least some form of income coming in, to help alleviate the debt.
If you work every day but never seem to have any money, you should track how much you are spending and on what. By keeping a daily list of everything you spend your hard earned money on, you will be able to cut down or do away with those expenditures that are not required. You will be able to establish a realistic plan of how much money you need for a month, and you can use the rest to pay off other debts or just save the money, the choice is yours.
When in the process of repairing your credit, you will have to speak with creditors or collection agencies. Make sure that you speak to them in a courteous and polite tone. Avoid aggression or it could backfire for you. Threats can also lead to legal action on their part, so just be polite.
If you are in excessive debt and need to repair your credit, you must get into contact with your creditors. Hiding from your creditors will only make the situation worse. If you speak with them, they may be able to help you; if you refuse to talk with them, there’s nothing they can do.
Legitimate credit counselors can help you repair your credit. Good counselors will work with you over the long haul, assisting you for the weeks or months it takes to patch up your credit. They can help you prioritize your bills and debts and offer assistance if your financial resources are lacking. Credit counselors rarely work for free but they can be worth the money if your credit problems are serious.
If you’re trying to fix your credit, be sure to check all your negative reports carefully. While the credit item itself may not be in error, if you can find a mistake in the date, amount, or any other factor, you may be able to have the whole item removed from your report.
If you need to file a dispute over an error on your credit report, consider filing it through the credit bureaus’ websites. Electronic filing has become the preferred way to file disputes because consumers have found this method to be more efficient than traditional mail. They found that credit bureaus usually respond faster to disputes filed online.
Negotiate with a creditor to have a negative item removed from your report, in exchange for an agreed upon pay off amount. Make sure to get this in writing before making the payment. Doing this could significantly, and quickly, improve your credit score. You may also get them to agree to accept less than you initially owed on the debt.
Pay down your debt. Aim for reducing all of your debts to about 10 percent of available credit. You should pay off the high interest accounts first, and then start on the less expensive accounts. Don’t accumulate any new credit. Focus solely on paying down the credit you already have.
If you can’t pay a debt off, you should contact the creditor your debt is through. Many creditors are willing to work out smaller payments so you can get a debt paid back to them without negatively affecting your credit report. They would rather accept a lower payment than none at all.
Don’t accumulate any new debts. This way you can focus on paying off debts that you already owe. When you acquire new debts, it can make paying off other ones harder. If you must use a credit card for a purchase, make sure to pay it off in full to avoid interest fees.
Bad credit isn’t as bad as you might make it out to be. Sure, there is a pretty intense social stigma against those who have bad credit, If you have some money coming in, then all you really need is a little patience and a little planning. Before you know it, with the help of this article, your credit will be repaired.