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5 Essential Tips for Credit Repair and Maintaining a Good Credit Rating

Everyone wants to have a good credit score but thousands of people have really bad credit ratings and as much as they want to improve their credit score rating, they don’t even know where to begin. There are a lot of people that hire companies to help them catch up on money they owe that have a lot of success, but many companies that you will pay to help you do the same things you could do on your own without paying. Wanting to fix your credit and taking the time to learn the things you can do by yourself to help achieve this is just the start, once you know how to go about it you can start taking action and in no time you can have a good credit score once again. Following these steps can help you back to good credit and they can also help you stay out of debt in the future and maintain that good credit rating.

  1. Budget – Budgeting your income is the most important thing you can do to start getting your credit back on track, the lack of a budget is one of the main reasons many people run into credit problems. The best way to get started is to make a list of your income every month, all the bills you have to pay on a monthly basis such as mortgage/rent, car payments, groceries, and utility bills. Next you want to list secondary bills; these are things like your cable/satellite service and other things that you might be able to cut back on if necessary. Once you figure this out then you know how much money you have left each month after everything is paid and this is money you can use to start catching up on debt. Keeping good rack of every penny is very important when you are trying to get your financial and credit situation back on track.
  2. Communication – This is another important step in getting your credit score back in good standing, but communication with the companies you owe money to and are behind on is another key. This is important because most companies understand that any people are having financial difficulties and many are willing to work with you to help you get caught up, but without talking to them this will never happen. So be sure to answer the phone if they call you, which most will, and if they don’t you need to be sure you call them and speak to someone in their financial department, explain the situation and try to work out a payment agreement that will satisfy you and them.
  3. Discipline – Having discipline with your money is another extremely important key in getting your credit rating all straightened out, this means sticking with the budget you outlined as well as not splurging on cool gadgets or other things that are not a necessity. This is a hard one for many people because people see things everyday that they don’t necessarily need but they want, but holding off on these luxuries is something you have to do to get your finances straightened out. Once you get your financial and credit situation on track and also get some extra money saved then you can buy yourself these things again, but always be sure you can afford it and it is not something that is going to cause more financial issues after you spent the time and effort cleaning it all up.
  4. Cutbacks – This one goes hand in hand with budgeting and it was touched on briefly in that section, but this is something that can help and should have its own section. The majority of people have many luxury items they pay a monthly fee for, whether it is subscription television services like premium channels, eating out, vacations, and much more. Everyone has their own little things they can be paying quite a bit for, so cutting back on things that are not necessary so you can put that extra cash towards your debt is another way you can speed up the process. This is tough for everyone because we all have things we enjoy that we don’t want to have to let go, but it is something that can help you get out of debt faster and you can resume them when you are all caught up, assuming you can afford it on your budget anyways. Don’t go back to spending money you don’t have once you get out of debt or you will find yourself right back in the same situation and have to start all over.
  5. Tracking – This is something everyone should do anyways, with or without credit problems. Keep track of your finances! You should always know what is coming in and what is going out and it will be an asset for you to always keep on top of. Whether you do it yourself in a spreadsheet or you buy software to help you keep track of it all this is one of the best ways to always know where you stand, and it can also help you so you can save some money and also be able to afford some of the luxury items. Knowing where your financial situation stands can keep you out of debt and you can have a healthy credit score so when you do need credit then it is available.

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