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Is a secured credit card a good way to establish credit?

I have no credit history cause i’ve never had a credit card or borrowed money or anything and I want to establish credit now. well I applied for a credit card that required a deposit..secured credit card will that help boost my credit and how high will my score go once i start establishing credit?

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7 Responses to “Is a secured credit card a good way to establish credit?”

  1. mikedrazenhero said :

    those are usually scams
    if they want $79 to sign you up for a 300 credit card
    then wants $50 a year service fee, it’s scam

    beccause they do not even report to the credit monitoring agency, they’re just loan sharks, pretending to be credit card company

    you need to go to library and read a book on credit
    or buy one on amazon

    the first thing you need to do, is open bank accounts, and apply for visa, master, discover, you will be declined, and after 1 year they will send you lots and lots of new credit card offers, and they will approve you

    but you can only apply for 4 card per year

    read the book, too much to explain here

  2. war954 said :

    100% yes….I got my first CC @ 18 and it was a Secured Card..I paid $99 and got a $500 limit…within a year I had a credit score over 700…And I was 19 then…it allowed me to get a car on my own…Just remember to PAY OFF the CARD Every month….Thats the best…just use it for Gas, groceries..a few things then dont use it and pay it off.

  3. derek p said :

    Yes it will build your score., it may be slow, but it will increase. You cant be late on any bill’s, and if able at all pay more than the minimum due. Hope all goes well for you.

  4. malcolm m said :

    it really don’t matter which one you have as long as you pay your monthly bill along with your finance a percent of your finance charge your credit will improve.

  5. Terri said :

    well I will tell you first hand the best card to get is a secured credit card but not any one from your own bank. because most (almost all) credit cards boost your credit score at the end of the year.but if you open one with a bank they put it in at the end of every month so you see your credit score boost right away. thats how I got my first apartment.I did a lot of shopping around for the right credit card. and then afterwards you will have credit to open a furniture account or best buy etc.

  6. Smoovy Loco said :

    Well first, I would like to explain what makes up your score:

    1. Payment history- 35%
    2. Total debt owed vs. available credit- 30%
    3. Length of time establishing credit- 15%
    4. Types of credit established- 10%
    5. Inquiries and New accounts- 10%

    Ok, with all that said, I’ll answer your question.

    Secured cards are a perfect way to establish credit. Being that you’re having to place a deposit upfront as collateral in order to secure a line of credit. Now the deposit wouldn’t be used unless the account became seriously delinquent, so whatever is charged on the card would need to be repaid like regular card. I’m going to point out some major advantages with a secured card.

    The deposit is usually linked to either a savings account or certificate of deposit, which either way gains interest while you’re building credit. So, your money isn’t just sitting there. Also, by adding to the deposit, you can increase the credit line, which can help your score, because high limits not only show responsibility in using high limits, but it also creates a much-needed cushion between the total debt you have and available credit. So the higher you can get your limit, the better it looks when it reports on your credit.

    Now a good way to use the card would be by making a small purchase ($20) that can be easily paid off on time every month. This not only shows activty on the account, but it also minimizes the interest that you have to pay, so the bill won’t get out of hand. I’ll give an example:

    You buy like a couple of coffees at Starbuck’s or a CD of your favorite group every month, then pay it off when the bill comes. Then do it again. Also, add to the deposit as much as you can. Even though you would be increasing the credit line, you would treat the card as if it had a $50 limit, but you’re only spending $20. You do this like I said so the balance won’t get out of hand and you don’t get charged boatloads of interest.

    Usually after a year or so of paying on time and keeping the balance low, if not 0, the card either converts to a regular card or a better card is offered. And more importantly, the deposit is given back to you with interest attached like I mentioned earlier. Although you’re using your own money, you’re “custom building” a high limit credit card, saving up money and building credit at the same time.

    Like one poster said, there are some bad ones to avoid, so I took the liberty of posting links to some of the better ones out there.

    As far as how much your score will go up, that will depend because having a credit card is only part of it. There’s 2 types of credit, revolving (credit cards, line of credit) and installment (student loans, auto loans, furniture loans, mortgages). You have to have a balanced mixture of the two to build a good score. But be patient, work hard, and most of all….

    Good Luck!

  7. Man of La Mancha said :

    Only if they report to the credit bureau and they are not listed as ”secured”….


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