Should I Use a Discover Secured Card to Build My Credit After Bankruptcy?

Question: Dear Steve, I’m 2 years out from Chapter 7 discharge and I have $170,000 in student loan debt (I’m under IBR). I got a new job and I’m now making 3 times my income in rent. My current credit score is just under 700. I’ve been getting offers for Discover It card offers. I’ve … Read more

What is Your Opinion on Lending Yourself Money to Rebuild Credit?

“Dear Steve, Hi, I have a question about the finer points of manipulating your credit score. I’m a pretty financially savvy guy and I was doing great until the great recession hit right after I had financed an expansion to double the size of my small business. Although I fought hard, it was no longer … Read more

I’m 22 and Need to Fix My Credit So I Can Buy a Car

“Dear Steve, I am 22 years old. I have never had any help with my family with any money growing up. I graduated High School in 2009 and started out with a couple credit cards. Bank of America for School books and Best Buy for a laptop. I also had a car payment that my … Read more

Ways to Build Credit Without Relying Solely on Credit Cards

For those who prefer to pay with cash and avoid the credit card debt cycle altogether, building a solid credit history and high FICO score can be a challenge – but it doesn’t have to be. Only a small portion of your FICO score is based on having and using revolving credit. The first step … Read more

Should I Wait to Rebuild My Credit or Start Now? – Renee

“Dear Steve, I’m 36 and I got credit cards for the first time at age 27 in 2004. I had pretty low limits, 1,000 or less on the 3. I lost the security of my job and got behind on payments, then eventually stopped paying and everything went to collections in 2007. I’ve managed to … Read more

Life After Bankruptcy: How to Quickly Have Great Credit and Dumb Mistakes to Avoid

So you filed bankruptcy. Congratulations on taking steps necessary to deal with your old debt and get the legal protection and fresh start you are entitled to under the law. Your journey isn’t over though. The best days are now ahead of you but you will need to take action to rebuild a better financial … Read more

We Got Rejected for a Credit Card Because We Had Been in Credit Counseling. – Lyna

“Dear Steve, I just finished paying off my credit cards thru credit counseling, bought a house. I then applied for credit card, got denied due to being in credit couseling. How long should I wait to re-apply again? In the mean time, what could i do to erased the credit counseling on my report? Lyna” … Read more

My Past Credit is Dragging Down My Credit Score. I Want to Buy a House.

“Dear Steve, I went through a bad health crisis several years ago (2005-2007/2008) at which time I was in and out of hospitals for periods of up to 15-30 days at a time, on disability and struggling to keep all the bills straight and paid, especially all the different Dr. and medical bills that kept … Read more

I Was Told Not to Pay My Default Debts But I Want to Rebuild My Credit. – Leonard

“Dear Steve, I’m turning 22. I have defaulted student loans, several phone bills that went into collections, a credit card that went into collections and also medical bills that are soon to go into collections. I’ve finally been able to secure a decent job, and I want to start rebuilding my credit … my score … Read more

Should I Declare Bankruptcy or Wait Four Years? – Lisa

“Dear Steve, I used to make $140k, but then got divorced and lost my job. We had over $100k in credit card debt. My husband already declared BK but I haven’t for fear it would reduce my employability. My debt went delinquent 9/09 so I have already put in 3 years and they will fall … Read more

I Have Bad Credit But Settled Some Debts. How Fast Will My Credit Score Go Up? – Lorraine

“Dear Steve, Bad credit score (595), and have a lot of accounts in collections. But I have paid them off for less than the full amount. The past week I’ve been on a debt relief spree and I managed to take care of 3 of my biggest accounts that were in collections. BUT I settled … Read more

How to Easily Rebuild and Repair Your Credit After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, or Repossession

Most credit repair scams and schemes and just a worthless waste of money and don’t help you to legally rebuild your credit. Here is a simple process I have advised people to use for years that does the trick for rebuilding and restoring your credit from any credit disaster. This isn’t some crafty or quasi-legal … Read more

If My Father Buys Off My Past Debt Will It Help Improve My Credit? – Jonathan

“Dear Steve, I’m going through a lengthy divorce and custody battle in addition to having been out of work the last 5 1/2 months. My credit is pretty awful as you might imagine (mid 500’s). My debt including my car (roughly 15k) and a loan from my father for lawyer fees (20k so far) is … Read more