How to Safe Guard yourself Against Financial Trouble

By: Liz Roberts

If you suffer from bad credit, it is most likely that you've had or you still have unpaid debts in your account. When was the last time you checked your credit report? Are you 100% sure that your credit report is accurate and that there are no unauthorized charges in it?

Your Credit Report and Bad Credit

Why should you take an interest in what your credit report says about you? Most people do not realize that their low credit score is actually a result of inaccurate information on their account. By obtaining a copy of your credit report, you can examine and file a dispute with the three big credit bureaus and the creditors themselves. This is a very important to do BEFORE you apply for any new credit cards or loans.

What if all the charges in your credit report are correct? Then examining your report will help you see exactly how much you owe each of your creditors. You can also review all the payments you already submitted as well as your existing balances and unpaid dues. Being aware of these details will help you create your repayment plan more effectively.

Working on Your Repayment Plan

If your present repayment terms are too difficult for you, it's best to talk with your creditors and try to negotiate with them for a lower interest payment or a settlement amount. Don't be afraid to explain your present financial situation so your creditor can see why you're having difficulty in repaying your debts. Ask for a new repayment plan that will better suit your current financial capacity.

If you're having a hard time creating a budget, consulting a legitimate credit counseling agency is advisable. A government accredited credit counseling organization should be able to help you create a budget plan and a repayment plan that works.

Guaranteed Approval Credit Cards and Loans

What about guaranteed approval credit cards and loans? Should you apply for them? If you're in need of a credit card or loan now, and can not wait to improve your credit, then there are still options available for you. A bad credit credit card can be a tool to help you rebuild your credit. The key is to find a credit card with a reasonable interest rate. Find one that reports to the three major credit bureaus so that your credit report can be updated as you submit your payments.

Finally, be vigilant in keeping up with your payments , avoid charging more than you can afford, and always pay on time.

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