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I filed bankruptcy last year and was discharged 7/20/17. Good news I guess - but my scores still suck, currently my TU and EQ scores are in the low 500s. My EX score was at 600 last time I checked.
I have floated in and out of this forum and other websites looking on how to start the rebuilding process and just end up feeling overwhelmed. I aspire to have better credit, just don’t know where to start and feel kind of hopeless.
I just came to do a little happy dance. I have been a member of this board for over 10 years. I have struggled a lot. I made some progress, got some cards, then had some medical issues in 2011 and everything collapsed. Back at it. About 3 years ago, i started really working at it again, but all of the 2011 issues were still haunting me.
Finally this year, i made a bunch of progress.I still had only secured cards until a couple months ago when i finally got a Citi AA card with a $8400 limit - the largest card limit i have had in decades.
This week, 2 of my last baddies dropped off and voila! HUGE score jump. I am so excited! Thanks to everyone over the years that has helped. This board has been a constant source of support!
3 years ago, I applied for 2 secured cards and a Cabelas which has a low limit. My scores are now in the 700's and I am getting great cards with high limits, so I am not sure what to do with my older cards. I need to keep them for age. Should i leave them be or try to get higher limits or try to get them unsecured so i can get my deposits back?
Of note: i would like to apply for a couple additional Chase cards in the next year or two and don't want to do anything that will contribute to my 5/24
Here are the cards and dates:
US Bank Secured: $500 opened 1/15. my understanding is they will generally unsecure, release the funds and i keep the same account. does that mean there will be no impact on my age or 5/24? DCU Secured: $5,000 opened 2/15. My understanding is that they do not unsecure. I would just have to apply for a new card. I want to keep this open for the age, but likely won't use it much. Does it hurt to take out 4,000 and just leave it with $1K limit? Cabelas: $750. Now owned by CapOne. I am inclined to just sock drawer this one. If i ask for a higher limit does that hurt my 5/24? It is only new accounts that hurt, right? Citi American Airlines: $8,400 Chase Sapphire Preferred $12,500
Thanks for any suggestions!
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