Every financially responsible adult is aware of the importance of your credit score. Most credit scores linger around the good to poor range due to unpaid or slow paid debts. Even if you have a decent score when making large purchases such as a car or home, a higher credit score can be the difference between higher interest rates or lower payments. These differences could cost or save you hundreds of dollars. Here are five easy ways to boost your credit score and stay on top of it.
Find Out When Your Issuer Reports Payment History
For a major boost to your credit, you must know your credit cards’ reporting date. The reason is that your credit can receive a boost if you carry less than 10% of your credit card limit each month. Regardless of your credit limits or minimum payment requirements, you will always want to ensure your balance is under 10% of your credit limit.
The reason you must know the reporting date of the credit holder is that if you get your balance below 10% or even pay the entire balance, but it is after the reporting date, it will do nothing positive for your credit score or may even lower it slightly depending on what percentage of your limit you are holding.
Pay Down Debt Strategically
To boost your score, you now know you need to keep your balance below 10% of your credit limit. So if you have more than one credit card, you will want to pay down the balances to get them all below 10% of their limit. For those cards already below this percentage, you can make a minimum required payment.
The other strategy you want to utilize is to pay more towards loans or credit cards with the highest interest. The more quickly you pay these down, the bigger the savings and the better the boost to your credit score.
Pay Twice a Month
While sometimes finances are such that even making one payment on a loan or credit card can be a challenge, if possible, it is suggested you attempt to make two payments. This will boost your credit score and help save you money by paying off interest, gaining debt far more quickly.
Raise Your Credit Limits
If you are a shopaholic, you may be getting excited about this option; however, raising your credit limit is not so you can spend more and get into more debt. In this case, raising your limit and keeping your ratio below 10% will boost your credit score.
Only ask for an increase in credit if you have been on time on all your payments with the creditor as if you ask for an increase and have not paid on time or at all, this raise of your limit request may alarm the creditor and in some cases, they may even lower your credit.
Mix It Up
While having diverse credit is only accounts for 10% of your overall score, having a mix will boost your credit. Having a mix means that you need different types of current credit that you are paying off. Suppose your only credit is revolving credit, such as a credit card or an installment payment on a long-term loan such as a mortgage. You will need to diversify your credit. If you can purchase something on credit, pay it off quickly to give your credit score a quick boost.