’Tis the season, for: Christmas trees. Office Christmas parties. Christmas gatherings with friends and family. But ho! ho! ho! The holidays wouldn’t be complete without your maxing out your credit cards, would they? It’s true; like drinking too much eggnog, our natural inclination to overspend during in December will force many of us to focus on credit repair in an Unhappy New Year …
Yes, Virginia, your credit score determines if a lender will extend you credit and at what interest rate, aka Who’s been naughty and Who’s been nice. Even an average score in the 600s today struggles just to qualify for a loan from conventional mortgage and auto lenders. A leading contributor to a sliding score is credit card debt, and another is late or missed monthly payments. Overspending during the holiday season feeds this situation … which leads to high credit card balances … then when January and February roll around, too many shocked consumers realize that they can’t make their monthly payments on time. And then they wish they had asked Santa for credit repair.
Credit repair is a reaction. The one sure way to escape this seasonal predicament, of course, is to not spend so much on the holidays. We ARE in the throes of the worst recession in generations, with double-digit unemployments and foreclosures and bankruptcy on everyone ‘s mind, and no one will fault you for cutting back this Christmas. Make the commitment to not abuse your credit cards to fill your stockings this year.
If it’s too late, make credit repair your New Year’s resolution. Repair starts with paying bills on time, paring down the credit card debt, and cutting up those cards you no longer use. Credit repair: the gift that keeps on giving. Credit Repair.