Filing for bankruptcy can be an unfortunate blow to your credit score. However, the good news is there are ways you can rebuild this, it’s just a matter of knowing how. Nothing in credit is “forever.” Adopting responsible credit habits such as paying your bills on time, using only a small portion of your available credit and not applying for too much credit at once can rebuild your credit gradually.
1.) Learn from your mistakes. If your problem was overspending, create a budget and stick to it. If medical bills caused you to file bankruptcy, seek a job with adequate health insurance coverage.
2.) Establish an emergency fund to help get you through a job loss or other financial setback. Try to save at least 25% of your paycheck and get a second job if necessary. This also may require you to live below your means for the first 6 months to save as much as possible.
3.) Open a checking or savings account, preferably through a large bank.
4.) Attain a secured credit card. To quickly rebuild your credit you need to establish two types of credit: Installment (i.e. – auto loans, student loans or mortgages) and Revolving (i.e. – credit cards or home equity lines of credit). Light, regular use of a credit card will help rebuild your credit.
5.) Become familiar with your credit report. The most important thing is for you to attain positive reports from your credit card issuer through Experian, TransUnion and Equifax- ALL three. Check your credit reports every 4 to 6 months, making sure all information is accurate.
If you have any questions on this topic or are in need of a financial fresh start, please contact our experienced team of bankruptcy attorneys at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. Web site at www.miamibankruptcy.info/.