For those who are unfamiliar with what credit scores are these are ratings given by lenders to borrowers in terms of how much a credit risk they are. If a borrower is too much of a credit risk, they receive very low scores. What is the effect of these credit scores? As a borrower with low credit scores, you will have a harder time getting that loan or credit card application approved. If granted, you end up with higher interest rates and not so attractive payment terms. On the other hand, if you have high credit scores loan and credit card applications are approved faster. Credit lines are extended to you much more freely. You receive low interest rates and better payment schemes.
What are the ways to improve my credit scores? You are probably asking yourself that question. Well here are a few suggestions:
1. Pay on time! If you can, pay a little over than what is due. Little overpayments are carried over to your next bill payment. It helps that by paying on time and a little over your amount due, your next billing statement will show an amount that is lesser than the previous one. Some lending institutions or companies offer discounts if you pay early or on time. This could save you a lot of money in payments in the future.
2. Budget wisely. Make a weekly or monthly budget of your earnings and expenses. Make sure you set aside ample amounts for savings and bill payments. Failing to make a budget causes unnecessary expenses. If you budget your money wisely you will live comfortably and have little less worry about unpaid bills. Remember to stick to your budget!
3. Arrange a payment scheme with your credits so that you can pay what you can afford and pay it on time. Interest rates and payment terms are negotiable. You can always renegotiate with your creditors if you are having a hard time paying for your dues with your current loan agreements.
4. Avoid getting additional credit if it’s not necessary. Getting another loan to pay for a previous one could be the biggest mistake of your life. Creditors always look into your financial history. If they see that you miss out on your previous loan payments they will think twice before giving you a new one. It is wiser to settle all previous obligations first before getting a new one. That way you improve your credit scores and the chances of you getting a new loan application approved will be higher.
5. Review your credit reports every so often. It won’t cost you anything or will it hurt your credit scores if you do a constant review of your credit report. Reviewing your credit report will give you a better understanding of your financial status. It makes you aware if you are overspending or overpaying. There may be details in your report that needs to be updated or corrected. Inconsistencies in your report may show you that your credit line may be fraudulently used by an identity thief and credit purchases made against your name will greatly affect your credit standing. Report these inconsistencies immediately to the authorities.
These are my 5 ways to improve my credit scores. Follow these to the letter and you will have higher credit scores!