Fix Bad Credit
Living with debt or bad credit can be very stressful, but help is closer than you realize. Improving your credit rating requires that you take positive action and change your attitude toward money. After that it is a matter of keeping a normal lifestyle with your finances.
1. Request a copy of your credit report from a credit bureau. If there is an error, write to the bureau and ask it to fix the mistake. It might also help to contact the creditor who reported the error. Some creditors will contact the bureau on your behalf.
2. If the bad marks on your credit report result from outstanding debts, repay them as quickly as possible. Pay off those with the highest interest rates first.
3. If your debts are overwhelming, contact a nonprofit credit-counseling organization to work out a debt-consolidation plan. A counselor will help you consolidate your debts and will contact your debtors on your behalf to reduce or eliminate finance charges. This can reduce your monthly payments by up to 40 percent.
Three Steps to repairing Credit
If your application for credit is denied, you're entitled to a free credit report. The denial letter you receive should list the credit bureau used. Contact that company for the copy of your credit report.
If you don't understand the report, contact the credit bureau or your local consumer credit counselor.
Setting up an automatic payment plan with your credit card company can help ensure that you never miss your minimum credit card payment.
If you never use credit of any kind, it doesn't mean that you'll have a great credit history. Most lenders prefer to see a history of credit and debt payment.
Avoid "shopping for credit." Each time you apply for a loan or credit card, an inquiry from that lender will be reflected on your credit report. Too many inquiries can signal to a potential lender that you're a risky customer.
Tips for when your credit is better