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Credit Secrets - How To Boost Your Credit Score 249 in Just 90 Days

May 18, 2008
Many consumers believe that their credit score is untouchable and cannot be undone. Nothing could be further from that idea. Your credit score is directly under your control and you can improve it in only a few easy steps.

The initial thing that you can do is to obtain a copy of your credit report and examine it for goofs and old items that may still be on file This is much easier than it sounds and it's simple common sense. As a consumer, you are entitled to at least one free copy of your credit report each year from the three major bureaus. They are; Equifax, Transunion and Experian.

Acquire your free copy and check it for any items that may be obsolete or inaccurate. By law, the credit bureaus are mandated to expunge resolved issues from your credit report. This really should be the initial item that you check out. If you paid off a debt or satisfied a balance, you should have kept a receipt. Remember when your mama told you to save all of your receipts? Now is the time when it really pays off if you heeded her advice.

Before you object to any item, make sure you can provide documentation of your payment that was completed. If you can't locate your receipt, go ahead and contact your creditor and request a duplicate one. Usually if you contact the creditor and ask for a copy of a receipt, they will willingly oblige. Be sure it's on official letterhead and if at all possible - signed. Trying to eradicate an item on your credit report by lying or denying knowledge of it is illegal and you can go right to jail.

Another way to improve your credit score is limiting the number of credit applications you acquire. All those credit cards offering premiums, rewards and all those extra perks can be quite alluring. The hard truth is that too manyindulgent credit card applications can really hurt your credit score. This practice is known as shot gunning and is extremely more detrimental than helpful.

By far, the most effective method is the most basic - pay your bills. If you can, pay more than the minimum payment due every month. Add a little extra green in there to get the balance down as quickly as possible. An early pay off is a very large advantage on your side. It shows integrity and forms trust among the community of credit companies.

The biggest factor in analyzing your credit score is risk and reliability. By paying every month on time and bringing the balance down to zero tremendously reduces your risk factor associated with your credit.

All of these are practices you can do to increase your existing credit. Obsolete items can be a bummer when it comes to your credit score. If they are still present, get rid of them right away.

Reviewing your credit report is an essential aspect of responsible credit management. Inspecting your report regularly will display any flukes. If you do find any, dispute them at once to the credit bureaus and get them expunged at once.

Remember, a good solid credit score can really be an asset. Use your credit sparingly and wisely and when you do have to incur a debt, attempt to pay it off as quickly as possible. If you can manage to effectively reconstruct and keep your good credit, you'll certainly come out a winner again.
About the Author
Alan Largo is the creator and administrator of My Credit Bible and strives to assist others identify with their adverse credit situation through informative reviews. You're invited to visit My Credit Bible to read his most recent article review.
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