Credit Building Cards

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Secured Credit Building Cards

Rebuilding & Establishing new credit is a vital part of our credit restoration process.  One of the best ways to do this is via a Secured Credit Card.

A secured credit card looks and acts as a regular credit card except… you’ll be required to put down a security deposit (ranging from $300 – $2000).  This security deposit amount is equal to your credit limit; it acts as a ‘security’ in the event you are not able to make your payments. Therefore, the amount of your security deposit will always remain the same; while the credit you have been extended on your secured credit card will fluctuate based on usage.

This is not a debit card; you are still being issued credit from a bank.  Further; your spending activity is NOT reported to the credit bureaus with a debit card.  Your spending activity IS reported to the credit bureaus with a secured credit card.  Thus, your score can increase with positive payment history and usage; and can decrease with poor payment history and poor usage.

Best Practices for Success In Building Your Credit:

  • Pay On Time!  Better yet; pay off every month in full; it increases your score faster
  • Only use between 5-30% of your approved amount.  For example if you have put down $300; you only want to spend $15-$90  per month.  KEEPING BALANCES LOW IS VERY IMPORTANT.  Pay off before or on the due date. Before is best, however at the very least pay on time – no exceptions!
  • Increase your security deposit if you can; this will increase your credit limit.  This does not mean you need to increase your spending!  Keeping balances low is very important; increasing your credit limit is just as important because it positively affects your utilization rate; which makes up 30% of your credit score.
  • Try to select cards that give you the option of turning it into a Unsecured Credit Card after a certain amount of on-time payments.  Let’s face it; interest rates are high on secured credit cards; being able to switch over to an unsecured card as soon as possible will save you a lot of money over time in interest fees.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF MY PREFERRED SECURED CREDIT BUILDING CARDS

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Merchant Credit Building Cards

Merchant cards are a great way to build credit. They can only be used at one store, which is typically the company issuing the card. They are very easy to get approved for and have high credit approval limits, which is great for those that need to improve their credit-to-debt utilization or who need to mix their credit up a bit.

These are considered ‘gateway’ cards; meaning you should not plan on keeping them for a long length of time, but to merely open the doors to better forms of credit with proper usage.

Below are the 2 cards that I use the most to soar my client’s credit scores:

(Fingerhut is another phenomenal option)

My Jewelers Club

This is an unsecured card; easy to get approved for; approval not based on credit scores! 

  • No Monthly Fees, EVER!
  • Reports to all 3 Credit Bureaus QUICKLY!  Sign up before the 25th; have it report on the 1st of the following month.
  • $5,000 of available credit for everyone who is approved
  • 19.9% Interest Rate
  • Flexible Payments
  • Low Cost Annual Membership Fee

Qualifications

No prior credit history is required, however to qualify for an account with My Jewelers Club you must meet the minimum below criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a resident of the United States of America
  • Be currently employed
  • Complete secure online application

Process

  • Past credit problems will not affect you.  Depending on your current credit rating a down payment may be required.
  • Annual membership fee of $99.00 which is charged at the time of joining.
  • A 50% down payment for all items purchased before the order ships. There is a minimum order of $100 on your first order and no minimum thereafter.
  • Once 12 months of good payment history is established, the 50% down payment is removed.

A sales tax of 8.25%, required by the state of Texas, is charged at the time of shipping.

No shipping fees
No monthly fees

Esignature of contract is required; email provided during application must be verified before account will report on your credit file.

Common Reasons for Denial:

1.) Active bankruptcy
2.) Outstanding Child Support
3.) Excessive IRS tax liens

Hutton Chase

This is an unsecured card; easy to get approved for; approval not based on credit scores! 

  • No Monthly Fees
  • Reports to all 3 Credit Bureaus QUICKLY!  Sign up before the 25th; have it report on the 1st of the following month.
  • $1,500 of available credit for everyone who is approved
  • 0% Interest Rate
  • Product purchase of $180 required for Activation with $30 due day of purchase

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