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My Credit Dropped - How Do I Recover?


 Managing finances is not easy. Sometimes life hits you hard, and you end up spending all your savings. Facing problems in a financially helpless situation makes a person seek help from lending institutions. These institutes check the debtor’s credit score to ensure safe paybacks. If your credit score is low, you probably won’t get a loan.

We can’t tell you how much credit score is required to apply for a loan, but we can tell you how to recover a credit score drop. 


Review your Credit Report

If your credit dropped for no reason, there is probably some fault on your creditor’s part. Sometimes, your credit report is faulty due to system glitches. In this situation, you need to contact your financial institution immediately to reconcile your credit report. Any delays from your end could complicate reconciliation, and you might have to make regular trips to your credit institute to fix the error.  

How To Fix This

Report immediately with your lending institution and share the mistakes you highlighted.  

Pay Your Loan On Time

The major reason for credit drop is when you delay your loan repayments. This amount adds up to next month, and it becomes all the more difficult to pay back. This cycle continues until you can no longer return the borrowed amount and become a defaulter.

How To Fix This

Avoid defaulting on all payments, as this can have devastating impacts on your credit score. All you have to do is pay your dues on time and ask your lender to break the missed payment into increments that you will pay with the payment for the coming months. Consistency in paying on time might improve your credit score and bring it back to normal.  

Another effective way of building an emergency fund is to slash everyday avoidable expenses and save them up. For example, instead of taking your car to work, you can either use public transportation or carpool to save on gas or cancel streaming services you do not watch anymore.
Figure out how much you're saving every month from your daily change, and add that amount cash buffer for the rainy days. The key is to recognize a particular expense to reduce, which is more effective as compared to making a typical resolution to 'save money.'


If You Bought An Expensive Item

When you purchase something expensive on your credit card, it drops your credit score. If you wonder why credit score drops in this situation, you are on the right track. Credit scores determine your potential to pay back new loans. When you make a hefty purchase, you trap yourself indebt. Such purchases drop your credit score, and it informs other lenders you are currently returning money for your latest purchase.

How To Fix This

If you have a good history of paying back on time, this is not something to worry about. Once you make the payment for your purchase, your credit score would go up again.  

If You Apply For A New Credit Card

When you apply for a credit card, your credit score drops because your financial report is going under a hard inquiry. A hard pull temporarily drops your credit score by a few points. This drop can stay for a year or two.

How To Fix This

In case of hard inquiries, a credit drop is considered good because you purchased a new credit card, showing lenders you are safe to trust for a loan.  

If you are struggling to pay down your debt, saving for an emergency fund might be the last thing on your mind. Moreover, if your debt involves high-interest rates such as credit cards, it perhaps makes more sense to pay down debt balances first aggressively. However, if your balances and rates are lower or more manageable, you can walk towards both goals at the same time. Strive to allot funds to both savings and debt account every month. 

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