Cleaning and clearing your credit history may seem like an overwhelming task. Guess what? That is exactly how those companies want you to feel.
You're not alone.
Millions of Americans have problematic credit histories. The good news is that you can start to fix your these issues free of charge, right now by doing it yourself. Below are three key steps to get you on the road to good credit health.
1. Know your balances. Sort your credit card bills by outstanding balances, from lowest to highest.
2. Start low, work high. Pay off the lowest balance first. Increase your payments each month. Go to the next lowest balance. Rinse and repeat until all credit card debt is erased.
HINT: Increasing the amount you pay each month also reduces your interest rates. Another little thing the credit card companies will not tell you!
3. Follow up, follow up, follow up! It's important to remember to check your credit reports regularly after you've cleared your debt. Be thorough, be quick. You've been surprised to see the mistakes that even the three largest credit card companies can make, and the faster the issues are resolved, the better it is for your credit history.
Armed with this information, you can easily and simply repair your credit, and never again will credit card companies intimidate you. Taking your financial future into your own hands is a fantastic goal. Knowing your balances, paying for the lowest card first, and do the proper follow up will make you feel much better about your credit.