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Steps You Can Take Today to Start Rebuilding Your Credit

[Apr 16, 2008.]


While it can seem impossible to dig yourself out of financial trouble, the truth is that you didn't get here overnight. Your debt accumulated over years and years, most likely, so while the road to debt freedom may be long, it’s not a road that will go on forever. You can even start taking steps today to start rebuilding your credit and getting back on the road to financial peace and that feeling of security you've been missing. You can do it – and you can start now.

First of all, you will need to know where you're at to see just where you need to go. This means opening up each bill that you receive each month to see what the balance is. So often, it's easier to simply pay off the minimum balance and forget about the true amount that you need to pay off. Starting today, begin to look at your balances – it will stay in your mind and begin to influence your spending choices.

Next, you will want to take all of your credit cards out of your wallet and find one that you will use ONLY for emergencies. The rest you will put away or cut up. This can be a painful experience for some because it means that you won't be able to spend on credit anymore, but it will also help to stop your debt from accumulating and help each payment go toward paying down the debts that you do have.

You will also want to start paying for things only with cash and with checks. This gives you an instant reminder that whatever money you spend is going to be gone the instant that you spend it – and that might cause you to rethink non-essential purchases. You may want to start taking out a certain amount of money each week from the ATM or simply use your debit card whenever you make purchases. This is a great way to change the way you think about spending.

Another thing that you can do today is start to make a schedule of how you will pay your bills each month. Being on time with your payments is a simple step towards rebuilding your credit as it allows creditors to see that you are taking your finances seriously. And creditors that feel you are taking your finances seriously can sometimes give interest breaks from time to time, helping you pay off your debts more quickly.

You don't need to stop spending altogether to begin the process of rebuilding your debt, but you do need to start taking baby steps in a better direction.


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