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A Stitch in Time…Avoding Bad Credit

June 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Bad credit is not something you think about until the time comes for you to take a loan. So before you get to the point where loans are refused to you on those grounds, take some steps to avoid that situation.

Check your credit report. This can help you avoid trouble in several ways. More often than not, you are likely to find inaccurate information in the report. At this point you should immediately file a dispute with the credit bureaus and the creditors. Doing this before you apply for a loan or a credit card will save you a lot of trouble.

But what if the data is not wrong? There is a positive side to this as well. Now you know exactly how much you owe and to whom. The next step here is to talk to your creditors. By explaining to them as to why you are unable to pay them, you can negotiate a new payment plan or even a lump sum payment. Don’t be afraid of doing this as it is in your best interests. Do not resort to debt settlement companies. The benefit you gain from them is soon lost as you start to realize the long term impact on your finances when you use one.

Try to make your payments on time; this is one of the best ways to keep your credit score in good stead. But the best advice of all is, don’t buy what you can’t afford. If you follow that piece of advice, your chances of getting into monetary trouble drop drastically.