People get into bad credit for many different reasons.
Indeed, bad credit is not always a result of bad spending habits or vices. In some cases, bad credit is an aftermath of an unfortunate event such as sickness, family problems, calamity, loss of job, divorce, etc. Another major threat to a person’s credit history is Identity Theft. ID Thieves can use your identity to commit fraudulent activities which can cause serious damage to your personal credit.
It is still possible to get out of bad credit.
Listed below are practical advice on how you can get yourself out of bad credit:
Check your credit report.
Look for possible errors or any sign that your account may have been used without your consent. If you have been a victim of ID theft or if you find errors in your report, be sure to send a letter to the credit bureaus so that an investigation can be made. After 30 days, you should be able to get a response from the bureau and your credit report will be updated.
Speak with your creditors.
If you missed payments or having difficulty keeping up with your due dates, the best thing to do is to talk to your creditors about your problem. Be open about the real reason why you haven’t been able to submit your payments on time as you used to. Many creditors would gladly modify their repayment terms to help their customer catch up and avoid defaulting.
Restructure your monthly spending.
Of course, you need to make personal adjustments as well. If you’ve lost your job, then obviously you will have to stretch your savings for as long as you can or up until you find a new employment. Be smart. Find ways to cut costs and save every possible cent you can save.
Discuss matters with your family.
It’s also recommended that you let your family members know about the present financial situation. Work out a spending plan that you can follow as a family. IF your kids understand what’s going on, they will be more cooperative when you ask them to help cut back the expenses and not feel so bad about it.
Start with high-rate debts first.
If you can’t pay all your creditors at once, focus repayment on your highest-rate debt first to prevent your debts from further accumulating. Once you’ve finished paying off one account, you will have a much easier time dealing with your other debts.