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Being Honest with Yourself: The First Step to Credit Rebuilding

[Apr 16, 2008.]


Everyone makes mistakes in their lives – some more noticeable than others. When it comes to your credit, these little mistakes, overspending and late payments, for example, can add up to problems down the road. While you probably already know what a poor credit score can do, what you might not realize is just how far from a ‘good’ credit score you are. It’s time to take inventory of your current financial situation and assess what needs to happen next.

Being honest with yourself does not mean that it’s time to berate yourself for the actions of the past – you can’t do anything about them. But you can start anew with better decisions and a plan to correct past mistakes. You will want to start by gathering your current credit card balances as well as any other loans that you might be repaying at the current time. Take out a piece of paper and write down these balances as well as the interest rates that you are paying each year. When you have these numbers written down, you will want to total up your balances to see what kind of debt you have.

The truth is that even if the number seems large, it’s not as difficult to pay off as you might think. With calculated steps, you will be able to slowly chip away at your debt and begin to rebuild your credit. Being honest with yourself about the debt amount that you do owe will help to give you some incentive to start planning to pay these balances off. But you’ll also want to take the time to write down any new expenses that you incur so that you are still managing that previous total and keeping track of where you’re at.

What most people find helpful is keeping a monthly log of the payments they make to each account as well as any additions to each account’s balance. This piece of paper or notebook will serve as a reminder of your credit status as well as what you need to do. In an ideal situation, you will want to pay down the balances as quickly as you can – and this generally means not adding to the problem in the meantime.

Honesty is the best policy when you’re trying to rebuild your credit:

  • Find out your credit balances

  • Find out the interest rates you’re paying

  • Keep track of your spending

  • Try not to increase your balances

Most people have no idea how much they owe, so they aren’t able to create a plan that will help them lower their bills. But you can.

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