If you currently have bad credit, you’ve probably found that secured credit cards are probably the way to go when it comes to re-building credit. A popular question that comes to my attention when I discuss secured cards is “What bank should I go with?” Since there are so many banks on the market, it’s hard not to choose just one but we have to keep in mind that they are all completely different.
Some banks want to focus on bad credit and others don’t even want to deal with it. Why? Some lenders truly believe that people who have bad credit will always have bad credit and will never learn from their mistakes. Studies have shown that many people who do start to rebuild their credit learn from their past mistakes and never go into debt again. Then again, there are those few who never do learn though.
What kind of bank should I go through?
With so many banks out there, the first step would be to simply check out the bank you’re banking with. Ask a teller or representative to see what kind of secured card they have to offer. Many of the major banks like Bank or America, etc do offer secured credit cards. They will be able to tell you in person on how you can use this card in order to establish your credit once again.
Are all banks different?
Absolutely. Every bank that you bank with is going to be different especially when it comes to a secured card. These types of cards will require that you put down a down deposit. Whatever you put down as a down deposit will determine what your credit limit is going to be. The more you put down, the more you’re going to get as a credit limit. Some banks will also allow you to collect interest that you have on your money stored in ties with your credit card. These are usually the banks that you want to go with. The major differences that you’ll see though will be the fees. You’ll always find an annual fee with these cards and they range anywhere from $20 to as much as $150. A card with no annual fee is going to be extremely hard to find.
If you’re in the market to repair your credit, this is going to be the only way possible because if you went the prepaid card route, these cards don’t report to the major bureaus since they act like gift cards. On the other hand, always make sure that the secured card that you apply for does report to the bureaus. If it doesn’t, you’ll soon find out that you’re using a credit card for nothing. A bad credit card on the other hand is a little different but will have higher fees. Repairing credit takes some time and as long as you work hard to pay off your debts and use your cards responsibly, you’ll see your credit score rise significantly over the next couple of years.
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