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I was just thinking of something.

On Discover if you let your statement close at $2, Discover will credit you back the $2 hence making your balance at $0 to report and $2 for free.

If one month you accidentally pay off everything and nothing's reporting, you could just use your card for $2 and wait until it posts and call discover and ask them to report it at the current balance. Within a few days, your scores will go right back up.

Not saying this is ideal, but just a thought.

or put $2 on BofA and get a CLI. They'll be sure to insta-report it.

My idea was HARD FREE :P

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I was just thinking of something.

On Discover if you let your statement close at $2, Discover will credit you back the $2 hence making your balance at $0 to report and $2 for free.

If one month you accidentally pay off everything and nothing's reporting, you could just use your card for $2 and wait until it posts and call discover and ask them to report it at the current balance. Within a few days, your scores will go right back up.

Not saying this is ideal, but just a thought.

or put $2 on BofA and get a CLI. They'll be sure to insta-report it.

My idea was HARD FREE :P

Your idea involves Donkey Disco. Are you trying to woo Kitschy Kat?

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I was just thinking of something.

On Discover if you let your statement close at $2, Discover will credit you back the $2 hence making your balance at $0 to report and $2 for free.

If one month you accidentally pay off everything and nothing's reporting, you could just use your card for $2 and wait until it posts and call discover and ask them to report it at the current balance. Within a few days, your scores will go right back up.

Not saying this is ideal, but just a thought.

or put $2 on BofA and get a CLI. They'll be sure to insta-report it.

My idea was HARD FREE :P

Your idea involves Donkey Disco. Are you trying to woo Kitschy Kat?

Kitschy Kat :rofl:

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I was just thinking of something.

On Discover if you let your statement close at $2, Discover will credit you back the $2 hence making your balance at $0 to report and $2 for free.

If one month you accidentally pay off everything and nothing's reporting, you could just use your card for $2 and wait until it posts and call discover and ask them to report it at the current balance. Within a few days, your scores will go right back up.

Not saying this is ideal, but just a thought.

or put $2 on BofA and get a CLI. They'll be sure to insta-report it.

My idea was HARD FREE :P

 

 

A TU pull. Oh no! And BofA will double just about anything you trow at it (three to four times a year).

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I just did $2 on my Discover card and it closed August 10th.

 

They gave me a $2 "small balance credit" and closed the statement with a $0.00 balance.

 

I will experiment with $2.99 next month unless someone already knows the max.

Read the first post in this thread.

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This discussion had come up several times recently, so I thought we would have a clear thread on this subject.

 

Who does this help? People with clean reports.

 

What does it do? It helps you eek out every point possible from the utilization portion of FICO scoring.

 

What do you do? Let $2 report on 1 card and have the rest report $0.

 

Why $2? Because you want non-zero utilization reporting on 1 card that is included in FICO utilization calculations. Experimenting with amounts lower than $2 has often resulted in the balance being credited to $0, so $2 is the smallest "non-zero" amount to use reliably.

 

Are there any cards that this won't work for? Discover is $3 minimum. They will credit $2 to $0. Cards over $50K are not counted in utilization and also do not count.

 

I verified all of this with BobWang via email. I'm not going to post the emails, but if for some reason that is not good enough, I will forward the emails to Breeze and let her verify the authenticity of this information.

I don't know how I missed that :swoon:

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I have no idea what you're talking about.

 

I was clearing up the amount needed with Discover since you said it doesn't work.

 

It does work for $3, as mentioned in the OP.

We should change the title to

 

The Master $2 And $3 Reporting "Trick" Explained

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I have no idea what you're talking about.

 

I was clearing up the amount needed with Discover since you said it doesn't work.

 

It does work for $3, as mentioned in the OP.

We should change the title to

 

The Master $2 And $3 Reporting "Trick" Explained

No, we should not.

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I have no idea what you're talking about.

 

I was clearing up the amount needed with Discover since you said it doesn't work.

 

It does work for $3, as mentioned in the OP.

We should change the title to

 

The Master $2 And $3 Reporting "Trick" Explained

No, we should not.

I don't see why not.

 

If there any exceptions to the rule, why shouldn't be it included the general title?

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I have no idea what you're talking about.

 

I was clearing up the amount needed with Discover since you said it doesn't work.

 

It does work for $3, as mentioned in the OP.

We should change the title to

 

The Master $2 And $3 Reporting "Trick" Explained

No, we should not.
I don't see why not.

 

If there any exceptions to the rule, why shouldn't be it included the general title?

I know you like to suggest changes to my thread titles, but no.

 

"The Master $2 and $3 but never use a Chase card trick explained"

 

No.

 

People should not use Discover for this. Get the free $24 per year.

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I have no idea what you're talking about.

 

I was clearing up the amount needed with Discover since you said it doesn't work.

 

It does work for $3, as mentioned in the OP.

We should change the title to

 

The Master $2 And $3 Reporting "Trick" Explained

No, we should not.
I don't see why not.

 

If there any exceptions to the rule, why shouldn't be it included the general title?

I know you like to suggest changes to my thread titles, but no.

 

"The Master $2 and $3 but never use a Chase card trick explained"

 

No.

 

People should not use Discover for this. Get the free $24 per year.

This isn't really about the what's the best value.

 

Yes $24 free is great to get from Disco Every year, except we are talking about a "rule" over here.

 

If Disco stopped issuing a credit for $2 or less and this thread wouldn't be editable, then the title would be incorrect.

 

This isn't about what's a better value, it's about a card trick.

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Mendel, you are a masochist.

 

I have bowed out of any further discussions on any forum of the $2 trick.

 

I did explain it to a teller at BofA a couple days ago when she asked me how to manage her credit cards. But she's kinda hot and always gives my kid chocolate so I made an exception.

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