Engaging in credit repair after bankruptcy is one of the ways you go about getting your financial well being back on track. However, there are few things you need to do in order to pursue your goal of financial health. Here are a few tips that will help you go about getting back on your feet and avoiding the mistakes that put you in financial jeopardy in the first place.
First, forget about trying to fix your credit overnight. Your credit did not go down the tubes in a short period of time, and you will not fix the problems in a short period of time. This will mean you must have patience with yourself, and realize that the only way to improve your situation is to take one step forward at a time. Trying to take shortcuts will only lead to discouragement, and could set you on the road to making things worse than ever.
One of the first things you want to do is put together a realistic monthly operating budget. Initially, don’t take chances on setting limits on budget items that simply are not in line with your income and monthly obligations. Find a financial counselor and get some help putting together a budget that will work. If you cannot afford to hire a financial counselor, then don’t get discouraged. Many community organizations offer free courses in budgeting, and it is not unusual for local credit counseling services to offer free assistance in putting together a working budget. By allowing some other eyes to look at your budget, it is possible to get an unbiased opinion about the feasibility of each line item, and come up with perimeters that really do work within your means.
Next, steel yourself for some major life changes. As an example, you may have eaten most of your meals in restaurants. That is about to change. You are going to learn the joys of preparing meals at home. This will require some discipline on your own, and foreshadows your need to control your finances and your spending. No longer will you be heading out to the mall when you feel bored, nor will you rush out to buy something new whenever the mood strikes. Instead, you are going to learn to see meals out as a special treat that you only enjoy once or twice a week at most. When shopping, the focus is on what you need, not what you want. You will learn to not go grocery shopping when hungry, or clothes shopping when you are feeling depressed. Your entire approach to spending money will change if you want to get your credit back in shape.
Last, start using the free or inexpensive resources in your community as your sources for recreation and entertainment. Instead of spending thirty dollars for a book you will read and then put on a shelf, get a library card and use it often. Forget expensive evenings out and opt for those free concerts at the local university. Check out free exhibition sports events at local arenas, high schools, and colleges. You will be surprised at how many things are happening locally that will cost.
In short, your best tip for making positive changes in your credit rating is to learn to live within your means and enjoy doing it. Once you learn how to manage your money and your time, using your credit wisely will come much easier.