How to Use Bad Credit to Your Advantage

How To Use Bad Credit To Your Advantage
Mike Randall
By: Mike Randall
Updated: June 23, 2020
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Having bad credit can hurt you in many different ways.

It costs you more money in interest payments. It could mean missing out on getting a rental you were interested in. It can even mean a potential employer may not choose you for a job.

Having bad credit is a disadvantage no matter how you look at it.

But have you ever thought about how to use bad credit to your advantage?

It’s possible, but to understand just how to turn your bad credit lemons into lemonade, let’s take a closer look at what having bad credit actually means.

Most people who find themselves with bad credit arrive at that point due to financial changes in their life. Whether it is the loss of a job, unexpected hospital or medical bills, divorce or student loan debt, bad credit can happen to anyone.

How can we learn to make the most of a bad situation? This guide is intended to offer suggestions for how you can use bad credit to your advantage.

1. Keep your perspective.

Think of having bad credit as a temporary condition. Your current financial state is not a commentary on who you are, but rather a reflection of your past financial decisions.

This is an opportunity for you to reflect and review those past decisions to see whether you could have handled them differently. Many times a financial decision is forced upon you, as with a medical emergency.

Other times you have a choice over how you spend your money. Use this as a way to thoughtfully reflect on your personal financial choices.

2. Look closely at the inner workings of the credit rating system.

If you find yourself unsure or unaware of how your credit rating got so bad, take the opportunity to find out.

There are numerous resources – including this website – for you to educate yourself on just how the credit bureaus base their assessment of your creditworthiness and financial risk. The more you learn, the better off you will be in future credit decisions.

“Recognize the limitations your

bad credit has on your financial life.”

3. Having bad credit can be like learning to live with a financial disability.

You may not be able to perform as you used to, but you will have learned to be far more conscious of your financial and credit health.

4. A silver lining.

Bad credit keeps you from getting into more debt. A bad credit score can be its own protection when it comes to preventing further damage.

Although your credit may be lousy, your score can only go up from here. Plus, many businesses offers bad credit loans tailor made for people in your position.

Use the suggestions in this guide to help you change your patterns and begin forming good financial habits moving forward.

5. Your credit score is a continually updated number.

Check your score and your credit report often in order to ensure it is accurate. This will also give you insight into whether you are doing the right things to improve your score.

You can only do better if you monitor your progress.

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