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Maximize Rewards This Holiday Season

You will be chasing deals this holiday season. But, as your pockets open, let us make sure your maximizing rewards on your credit card spending. At Help Me Build Credit we searched the internet and we choose the best credit cards earning the maximum rewards for each...
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Reallocating/ Transferring Credit Limits: Who Allows And Who Does Not.

For some people, it’s more practical to have one credit card with a high credit limit as opposed to having a few credit cards from the same issuer, with all of them having smaller credit limits. Sometimes reallocating credit limits can be a great tool. It can...
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Combining Same Day Credit Inquiries: Who Does and Who Does Not?

Every time you apply for a credit card, the credit card insurer will make a hard credit inquiry and pull your credit report. Credit inquiries can affect your credit score for up to 12 months and stay on your credit report for up to 24 months. But if you apply for more...
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Know the Approval Rules Set by Credit Card Issuers

Credit applications are free, but why apply if you do not even stand a chance to get approved (you’re just wasting a credit inquiry). Most credit card issuers have set rules on credit card approvals. If you do not meet these rules, then you will automatically...
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Building Credit With a Store Card

One of the classic, old school ways of starting to build credit was by first applying for a store card.  What Is a Store Card? A store card is a credit card offered by a store or brand, for example, Gap, Kohl’s, Home Depot, etc. The credit card is designed to be...
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Key Differences Between an Authorized User and a Joint Account

If you own a credit card, you most probably already heard the term Authorized User, but did you ever hear of a Joint or Co-Applicant? Joints and co-applicants are a much less common term in the world of credit cards, as it is not even an available option by...
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Building Credit Using a Student Card Rather Than a Secured Card

You can’t build credit without a credit card, but you can’t get approved for a credit card without credit. This is the building credit catch 22. The old school solution was applying first for a secured credit card. With a secured credit card, the bank will ask you for...
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Do Utility Or Phone Bills Help Build Credit?

Getting a bill in the mail is not one of the most exciting times in life. Responsible, timely people, though, make sure that their utility and phone bills get paid on time. That’s why I get asked this question very often: How come I don’t have credit? I pay my rent...
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How I Got A 90 Day Late Removed In Less Than 30 days

Recently, a mortgage broker reached out to me if I can assist his client. He needed to get a 90 day late, which was reported by US Bank, removed from his credit report.  The client first reached out to the mortgage broker a year ago, when he first started looking...
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How I Got A 30 Day Late Removed for A Mortgage Cosigner

When cosigning on a loan for your friend or family member, you’re taking a big risk. Why? Because you’re taking your credit which you’ve worked so hard to build and putting it into someone else’s hand. Most cosigners do not receive monthly statements in the mail,...
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How I Got a Collection Removed from My Credit Report

Even though I always had for myself a great 800 plus credit score, recently my credit score took a dip! Why? Because, yes! Even I, the great and ultimate credit enthusiast and Fico expert, bla bla bla… had this happen. Due to a long story I had with a lease return fee...
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Know Your Rights- The FCRA

The Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) is over one hundred pages to read. Understandably, many consumers are not aware of their rights found in the FCRA, as they do not have the time to read all those hard to understand English pages. In this post, I will give you, in...
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