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Figuring out an ideal balance to carry on credit cards [duplicate]

Until recently, I was under the impression that it's bad for your credit history to not pay all bills on time and in full. However, a banker recently told me that it's a good idea to carry a small ...
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1answer
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Does being added as an authorized user help credit score?

My wife and I both filed bankruptcy 15 months ago, and are slowly getting our credit back. We both got a credit card from Capital One. Does adding each other to the other's card as an authorized ...
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How can I have credit cards without having a credit history or credit score?

Is your credit history/score like a criminal record? I mean is it always with you? Also, are there other ways to get credit cards besides with a bank? I want inside my credit score without having a ...
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1answer
62 views

How is credit-card utilization calculated when you have more than one card?

I know that your credit utilization affects your credit score, but I have a question about how exactly this is calculated. Suppose I have two credit cards: Card A has a credit limit of $1000 and ...
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Myth, or not: If using a secured card to build credit, paying off in part each month has more benefit than paying in full?

Does paying off a secured credit card in full each month not allow me to build a credit history? I'm asking because reading about regular credit cards indicates that paying in full helps build a good ...
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1answer
89 views

Effect of debt utilization on FICO score: is it overall, or individual?

I am currently at 42% utilization in overall revolving, credit card debt between three cards. My total credit lines equal $27K. I am looking to buy a house by the end of the year and I am working hard ...
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1answer
106 views

Credit Card vs Personal line of Credit

I have a question regarding the effect of opening a Personal line of Credit. I know for a fact that opening a new Credit card reduced the "Average age of credit history". Will a personal line of ...
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Does a balance transfer from a credit card affect our credit score?

If we do balance transfers from our credit card, pay more than the minimum payment within the due date and payoff the entire amount slowly within the specified time-frame, does it improve our credit ...
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Is the age of my parents' credit card helping my credit more than the balance is hurting it?

I am listed on one of my parents' credit cards with an account age of 37 years. I am 28. This makes my credit history very very old — 37 years old — and significantly older than my oldest credit card. ...
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Which is a better method for keeping my credit utilization low: spending less or getting a credit limit raise?

I'm currently a graduate student and since I want to build credit, I got my first credit card. However, the credit limit is really low (< $1000). I've been reading that I should always keep my ...
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3answers
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Am I still building a credit score if I use my credit card like a debit card?

I have a credit card through my local credit union. I am not sure if this is normal: Essentially, I am using my credit card like a debit card. If I anticipate any major purchases I will put money on ...
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What happens to my credit history if I pay before my credit card bill is generated?

I've read that keeping one's credit card utilization below 20% improves your credit score. If for some reason I have an expense that is greater than 50% of the credit limit and I pay by credit card, ...
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514 views

Should I cancel an existing credit card so I can open another that has rewards?

I have four credit cards. One has a cash back rewards, one a discount, and the other two do nothing for me. However, one of those two is my oldest card, so I cannot close that account. I would like ...
3
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2answers
421 views

What is a reasonable credit limit?

Given my existing credit score and annual income, how do I calculate what a reasonable credit limit for me should be? I'm really looking for an order-of-magnitude estimate. e.g. should it be 40% of ...
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2answers
404 views

No Late Fee Credit Cards - What is the gotcha?

For weeks now I've been seeing ads for the Citi Simplicity card and Discover IT Card all over (be it on the NYC subways, TV, magazines, etc.) which boast a couple of features but I'm very curious ...
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Does a cash advance hurt your credit or (official) reputation in any way?

Does a cash advance hurt your credit or (official) reputation in any way? Does it appear in records at all, and would it be frowned upon if it did? What if the cash advance were taken at a casino? ...
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132 views

Building Credit with Credit Card

I recently got my first credit card (although I have had a debit card for a long time). It has a $1200 limit. In order to maximize my credit building, which of the following is the best method (or, ...
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1answer
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How quickly does decreasing credit utilization affect your credit score?

There is a lot of advice out there about keeping your credit card utilization above 0% but less than 20%. I'm currently carrying about 85% utilization on my card and have plans to lower it. How long ...
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4answers
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Should rebuilding credit include getting multiple credit cards?

In short, I had bad items on my credit report that I found by getting a free copy of the trans-union report on myself. I contacted the numbers to the items on my unpaid/ bad list and after about a ...
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1answer
701 views

Do I have to spend money with my credit card to increase my credit score? [duplicate]

I opened my first credit card a few weeks ago. How much money do I need to spend with my credit card to increase my credit score? Do I even need to spend money with it to increase my credit score?
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390 views

Does making all one's payments through a credit card make sense?

Does making all one's payments (including house rent, etc.) through a credit card make sense, if privacy is not a concern? If I am planning to pay completely within no interest period (first ~45 ...
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1answer
66 views

Advise for closing secure credit card

I have a secure credit card with $300 limit in Wells Fargo bank. I was thinking that they will graduate my secure credit card to a regular one after a year. However, it turns out they do that only for ...
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2answers
56 views

Closing intermediary credit lines

So one consequence of closing a credit line is that it can adversely affect your credit history if it is your oldest credit line. But what about closing credit cards you acquired along the way that ...
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2answers
374 views

How is your credit score related to credit utilization?

A few questions: Is it better to use your card and pay off the bill completely every month? [I prefer building the credit score over paying interest] How is credit utiltization calculated? Is it ...
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4answers
3k views

Pay off credit cards in one lump sum, or spread over a few months?

I am doing a refi + cash out on a rental home. The cash out is to pay off ~24K in credit cards. I am aware of secured debt/unsecured debt and how it is often not a good idea to refinance a home to pay ...
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2answers
647 views

How do the personal finances of additional cardholders affect your reputation?

I have excellent credit myself, but I have on my account an additional cardholder (family) whose credit isn't so spectacular. (They only use the card for emergencies and always deposit cash in my ...
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I am closing one credit card and getting a new one. What order should I do this in?

I currently have a MasterCard from a bank that I am unhappy with. I want to get another MasterCard from a different issuer. Should I close my current account then open the new account? The other way ...
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1answer
238 views

Does maintaining a low (versus zero) balance on a credit card improve your credit score? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How will going from 75% Credit Utilization to 0% Credit Utilization affect my credit score? I've read in a few places some statistics to indicate that people with zero ...
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2answers
130 views

Is it good to get 2 credit cards for different bonus?

I currently have a pretty plain credit card, the First Tech Platinum, but I was thinking that I don't really get much out of it, so I started to looked into other cards with better rewards, and cancel ...
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1answer
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How can I switch my credit card to another issued by the same bank, keep my credit history, and get the sign-up bonus for the new card?

I have one card, but would rather have another - they're issued by the same bank. I don't want both of them because they both have annual fees and I want to keep only one card with an annual fee. ...
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3answers
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Will getting a second credit card help my credit rating?

I've heard that getting a second credit card can help your credit rating. I am wondering if this is indeed true. If so, why is the case? Much thanks in advance!
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2answers
127 views

How frequently should I request additional credit?

Assuming I simply want additional credit to improve my credit utilization ratio, how frequently (how long between requests) should I request the credit increases? What negative consequences should I ...
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1answer
88 views

To what extent should I seek additional credit? How much is enough?

I currently have 2 credit cards, each with a $2500 limit. I rarely exceed 20% utilization over the course of the month, and I don't expect any increase in expenses over the course of the next year ...
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3answers
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Will it hurt my credit to accept a credit limit increase?

I got an email from Citi offering me a credit limit increase on my 4 year old card: Subject: Good News About Your Citi Card - Please Open Immediately It's our job to make sure your Citi card is the ...
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3answers
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Should I close my BestBuy Credit Card? Will it affect my credit score and history?

I was young and stupid and opened up a Best Buy credit card 5 years ago. I bought a new laptop and also a lot more stuff during these 5 years. I have bought over 10,000 dollars worth of stuff and paid ...
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8answers
1k views

Optimal way to use a credit card to build better credit?

I have a credit card with a $700 limit and I am curious how to optimize credit gain with it. Right now, I use it once a month (usually on something small like a drink from a convenience store or ...
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3answers
954 views

What does high credit utilization really mean?

I've heard and read that high utilization of credit hurts, but what does that mean exactly? Does that mean high utilization month-to-month, or simply high utilization at all, even when paid off in ...
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2answers
447 views

What is considered a low credit limit?

I was using a tool that suggest how I can increase my credit score. One thing was that it said my credit limit is "low." But it didn't say what "low" is. What is considered a low credit limit?
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1answer
334 views

What percentage of your credit card limit should you use [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the optimal ratio of used credit to credit limit for your credit score? Does length of credit history or percent of credit used count for more? I just read ...
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1answer
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My credit score went through the roof. Why?

3 months ago, my credit score took a massive dip. The consensus was that this happened because I no longer had any credit cards and thus no revolving debt. So I went out and got myself a new ...
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2answers
262 views

How does Paying credit card in full VS paying with interest will affect your credit score?

What is the effect of paying credit card in full or with interest on your credit score?
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147 views

How soon are credit reports available, after opening one's first credit account ?

They say that your credit reports are available after having an open credit account for 6 months. I've had a Citi Forward card for international students for 6 months and a week now, but I still can't ...
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2k views

Closing unused credit cards: how much will it really hurt?

I have three credit cards, but I only use the newest. I pay it off in full every month, and the two older credit cards haven't seen a single transaction in over a year. None have an annual payment, so ...
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2answers
156 views

What kind of an impact does moving have on your credit (score)?

Being an international student, the room I rent near campus has been my domestic home address since I came here to study. Now that I am working at a place quite far from campus, I would like to ...
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1answer
141 views

Better ask for secured credit card rightaway or risk asking for an unsecured credit card first, the secured credit card later if it does'nt work out?

I had applied to DCU for a share-secured credit card, over the phone, but today I came to know they lost my application! The application number they gave me does not turn up anything and when they ...
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4answers
121 views

How does a non-uniform utilization across your credit cards affect you?

I have three secured cards with me, one of which gives me rewards for gas and another for online purchases. The third one is a Mastercard - I use that only where my VISA cards do not get accepted. ...
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136 views

What proactive measures can be taken before or when a lender closes your credit card?

A blogger and contributor here recommended Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU) as a possible lender in my search for cash secured credit cards to establish my credit history, and I got approved for one ...
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3answers
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Is it a bad idea to have 3 secured credit card accounts open?

I initially signed up for a Wells Fargo cash secured credit card, last month, but lately with their changing the ToS and extra fee, I am worried about my choice. People have asked me not to close ...
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1answer
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How does it influence the credit score if the credit card was used in the past, but not in present

If I own a credit card and I used it for a while (say 6 months) and after that I decided to stop using the credit card and use my debit all the time. How will this influence my credit score? Being ...
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Is 0% credit card utilization worse than 1-20% credit card utilization for any reason other than pure statistics?

Much of the information I stumbled accross (including a short article written by an esteemed member of this site) around the internet indicates that having a credit card utilization of 0% is a ...