The following three step program is basic credit information that you can apply to your current credit situation, –it’s not designed to be the intensive debt rehabilitation program offered for a fee. And that’s probably a good thing, as some of those services end up driving their customers further into debt. Follow the steps listed below to put yourself on the road to successful credit management. Also, even if you have good credit now, it’s easy to fall into bad habits; reviewing and sticking to the advice listed here can keep you out of financial trouble in the long run.
Make Payments On Time & In Full
The best possible aversion to bad credit, –and the best and first step toward repairing your credit, is making all bill, loan, credit card, payments on all time, and pay them in full every month. Not only will this first step keep you from falling into the vicious cycle of owing interest and penalties, it will also help you climb back out of debt.
Reduce Your Debt
Look for ways to reduce your debt, whether it’s just paying things off slowly, or enrolling in a debt counseling program, or joining a payment plan with creditors to whom you are the most in debt. Don’t let your debt sit in a corner and grow, –actively take steps to clear away all the red numbers, and you’ll be home free sooner than you think.
Understand Your Limits
This is the third most important step to take and remember throughout your financial life. If a credit card, or bill sounds too high for you, or out of your league, then don’t do it! Your two best friends here are your basic math skills and your instincts. If you foresee a problem in the future, there’s a good chance there will be. Only purchase things you can afford, –it sounds simple, but it’s harder than most people think.
Periodically monitor your credit report
Negative information about late or missed payments can lower your overall credit score. Monitor your credit report for incorrect information and dispute it when necessary.