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How to Fix a Mistake On Your Credit Report

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Know your credit!

We all make mistakes, but when it comes to your credit report, a simple or small error can have a big impact. In fact, one small error is more than enough to drag down your FICO score and could even prevent you from getting a loan in the future. It is very important to monitor your credit report and score on a regular basis to spot any errors that occur. This will enable you to take quick action to fix any damage that has been caused before it can affect you adversely. Here are the steps you need to take to fix a mistake on your credit report.

1. File a Dispute.

This is done through the actual credit bureau. Since there are three different major reporting agencies, you may need to monitor all three to see if all of your reports are being affected. Each one will have to be dealt with separately, especially if the error appears on all three reports. In many cases, it may take 60 days or more for something to show up on a report, so if you do spot an error, you will need to keep monitoring your other reports as well.

All three bureaus now offer the ability to file a dispute online, or you can file it by phone or through regular mail, depending on your preference. You will need to select the reason for your dispute and provide the correct information if necessary. Expect to wait up to 45 days for a response one way or the other.

2. Contact Creditor Directly.

If your dispute is denied and you are certain that there is still an error on your report, you can contact the creditor directly. Keep a record of all communications and send a copy of everything you send to a creditor to the three major reporting agencies as well. Always use registered mail when you contact a creditor, since they will need to respond to you within 45 days to remain compliant.

If you do not hear back within that time frame, you will need to contact the reporting agencies to update them on the status of the dispute. In many cases if the creditor has not responded within that time frame, the agencies will simply remove the error.

3. Know Your Rights.

It is a very good idea to review the Fair Credit Debt Collections Protection Act so that you are aware of your rights when it comes to dealing with creditors, reporting agencies and collection agencies. The information contained in this act will assist you in determining your further course of action if you cannot get the error removed from your report.

With diligence, you can protect your credit rating from adverse affects due to errors, but it is up to you to make sure that they are taken care of promptly. If you are not currently monitoring your credit reports, you may want to consider doing so, especially if you plan on applying for a loan within the next 180 days.

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Personal Budget Planning

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Add budgeting to your personal finance repertoire.

The key to your financial success in life is your own personal money management skills. Your personal money management practices make up your own personal method of reaching both your goals and your dreams. No one likes the idea of personal budget planning, but you will never know if you are getting the most out of your money if you do not implement some techniques for personal budget planning into your life. Everyone wants to keep up on their bills, pay off loans and credit cards, and stay ahead of debt. Successful asset and debt management is an excellent source of pride as well as good credit.

Whether we use credit or not, all of us want to have a good credit score and credit report. So unless you have an unlimited amount of money that you can simply spend in any way that you wish, you are going to need to formulate some semblance of a personal budget in order to get your bills paid and in order to manage your assets as well. Personal budget planning can seem difficult, but should not be an overwhelming process by any means.

Creating a household budget begins by figuring out what all of your monthly and yearly bills are. Then you are going to want to add in any retirement funding, savings goals and spending money so that you have a clear cut picture of how much you need to spend, because what doesn’t matter is how much money you make – what does matter is how you spend the money that you make. By implementing personal budget planning techniques into your daily life, you can get a feel for how what you make relates to what you spend, and how cutting down expenditures in certain areas of your life can actually help you save a significant amount of money.

When you fail to follow personal budget planning, your debt may overcome your income, meaning that you would be unable to make payments on time. If you make payments late or make no payments at all, you will put yourself in serious mounting debt with no way out. You cannot simply spend money as you wish and hope that there is enough left over at the end of the month with which to tackle the bills. You absolutely must implement techniques for personal budget planning if you want to manage your finances right.
Personal budget planning is actually quite easy when you consider how many resources are out there for it. Most people use budgeting software on their computers to prepare a household budget. If you do not have any fancy software, another opportunity is simply to use excel to track money in and money out. When you have a clear cut picture of where your money is going, that is when you can truly begin to implement smart money saving strategies to get your finances on track.

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