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How Can I Quickly Increase My Credit Score





For someone looking to increase their credit score, there are a number of both effective and ineffective ways you can go about it. Ideally, you want something that'll give you quick results, without draining your bank account in the process. Read on to find out what you can do to increase your credit score quickly and with a minimum of expense.

To start, you'll need your credit report. There are a number of different ways to do this. If you haven't pulled your report ever, the government entitles everyone to a free credit report once per year.

It's important to note that this is different from those monthly free report services that you see advertised on television. With those, the first is free, but subsequent ones cost you, and they're billed every month. Search around and you can find ways to get your credit score and report without having to spend any money.

Once you have your actual report, it's time to set about removing all of those nasty marks from it. Start with things that you don't recognize. Dispute these marks on your report, and the companies that placed them on there will have to substantiate their claims. This can take care of a number of marks rather quickly.

Next, look into arranging payments for any outstanding debts. If you're making progress on paying a debt off, it will look way better than if you're just letting it sit there.

After you've gotten started on all of that, look into getting a small credit card. Don't look for anything with a big limit, and you don't really need to bother yourself with looking for a low interest rate either, since you won't be carrying a balance with this card. Sometimes this card will be labeled a student or starter credit card.

When you have your card, begin making your regular purchases with it, such as gas and groceries. Make sure to pay the card off every month on time, and never get anywhere near the limit.

Keep this practice up, and you'll notice that your limit will start to increase. As your limit increases, your score will go up.

If your banking setup lets you do this, set up automatic payment of the credit card to ensure that you never miss a payment. Above all, never spend more on the card than you have available (either in cash or checking) to pay it off. You never want to get into a situation where you can't pay off the balance of this card. Credit is slow to build, but very quick to be lost.

I like to keep a separate bank savings account with the limit of the card in it, as an emergency fund. In case I find myself in a position where I can't pay the card off, I use this savings account to clear it, and then refrain from using the card until I've put money back into the account. This way, you can ensure that you won't miss a payment.
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Article Added on Thursday, December 10, 2009
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