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Credit cards. I should know, but I don't.

I am 27 and dh and I have been working on our credit. It's bad. 4-500 bad. But I'm not mad. I didn't know what I was doing. Uneducated to the process. Now that I'm older, I'm ready to learn.

We talked to someone a while back who said we were in both a good and bad place with our credit. Although the number was low. We had nothing showing up on our record. As far as owing anyone. We basically had NO credit. Now we need to GET credit.

We've decided that a secured credit card is where we will start. From what we read about this particular card, we will need to pay the 99 dollars for a 200 dollar limit.

Here is where all my questions pop up. Number one being, " How does your limit work?"

I know ladies, I'm sorry.

But really. If it is the end of the month and I pay my light bill. 150. I have a 50 dollar balance left. When the next month starts does my balance go back to 200 or does it go back after I pay the 150? Does the 50 balance roll over?

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Asked by 4xsthetrouble at 6:05 PM on Dec. 12, 2012 in Money & Work

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  • I would think you'd have to pay back the $150 you spent plus interest. I've never done a secured credit card before, but if you spend $150 of a $200 limit, then you have to pay that down to get back to having a $200 available credit.

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:11 PM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • That's what I was thinking but it's one of those things you want to know FOR SURE before hand. No surprises. I know how much time I have to pay the 150 back and other things. but I want to walk into this covered.

    Thank you mrsmom110

    Comment by 4xsthetrouble (original poster) at 6:14 PM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • I have not had one of those- so not sure if any interest is involved- but if you have 200 and use 150 of it then you need to pay that off (plus possible interest) to be back at 200 again

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 6:22 PM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • Have you alreay signed up for the card and used it? I would suggest you get a card through your banking institution. I have never had a secured credit so I am not sure how that works, but it sounds odd that you would first have to pay $99 to get the $200, unless I am misunderstanding you.

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 6:39 PM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • My understanding would be you don't get the whole thing back at the beginning of the month. I'd think of it more like a bank account. You put $200 in, you spent $150. So you have $50 left. You make a deposit of $150 (by paying off the charge you made), and now you have $200 again.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 6:47 PM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • silverthreads

    Answer by silverthreads at 7:08 PM on Dec. 12, 2012

  • the best way to deal with credit is slowly. not min payment slow. take out a "loan " for 200, min payment will be 25 monthly. Pay 50 a month. you have to give it three full months to show up at all on a cred report inquiry.
    Fingerhut, believe it or not, was one of the ones they watch. Pay it in 4 or 5 monthly payments, and tada, your credit score will go up.
    My only advice is to only borrow what you already have in the bank, and are prepared to spend.
    but, you will have to spend it in 4 pmts.

    Answer by romanceparty4u at 11:13 PM on Dec. 16, 2012

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