How to repair an adverse credit score
If you suffer from adverse credit you're not alone. Over 7,000 people like you visit Citizens Advice Bureaux with debt problems every day. Ignoring the problem isn’t the answer. We can help get you started by giving you the opportunity to start to repair your credit with our adverse credit card. The good news is that there are some straightforward measures that you can take for yourself that will really help too.
Managing your finances more effectively
- Set yourself manageable financial goals. Where do you want to be in 1 month, 3 months, 1 year and 3 years?
- Write down all your outgoings for each month, such as mortgage/rent, council tax, utility bills, food and travel.
- Take away your outgoings from your money coming in and if there's any left give yourself a budget for extras like clothes, savings or paying off debt.
- If your outgoings are more than the money coming in then you either need to reduce them or try and increase your income.
Ideas for reducing outgoings
- Search online price comparison sites to get the cheapest price on items.
- Search for cheaper utility providers.
- Turn down your heating a degree or two and you'll save money and the environment.
- Be ruthless and cut everything you don't really need.
Ideas for increasing income
- Look out for a new job or career change.
- Ask for paid overtime at work.
- Make money from an interest or hobby.
- Sell off unwanted belongings at a car boot sale or online.
Sharing your problems always makes them seem more manageable, and whatever your situation there should be a way out. Talk to your local Citizens Advice Bureau for advice.
Don't ignore problems
Never ignore demands for bill or debt payments. It won't make the problems go away and will only get you adverse credit which can usually be avoided. If you are having difficulty paying, always talk to the organisation concerned and get independent advice. There's usually a solution.