Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rebuilding Your Credit After Bankruptcy


http://www.bankrate.com/ and http://www.hsh.com/- (free) sites offering information on interest rates for credit cards, autos, mortgages and links to the prime rate and the LIBOR rate. the site also lists offers for low interest credit cards.


http://www.mint.com – (free) budget creator for managing household expenses

http://www.choosetosave.org/ (free) calculator designed to help folks save for retirement


http://www.irs.gov – look up where your money is going (type in the search box “charities”); make sure your donations are going to the right place and then make sure you take the deduction on your tax return.

Continue to Learn:

http://www.sesameworkshop.org/ – site offers videos and basic money lessons from Elmo. It is never to early (or late) to learn the basics of money and simple budgeting. PNC Bank also gives out these DVD's for free.

http://www.careprogram.squarespace.com/ – program offered by bankruptcy courts around the country to educate elementary and high school children about money and budgets. If your school doesn’t offer the program, call the principal and ask why?

Credit Reports:
http://www.annualcreditreport.com/ – links to three credit reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax and Transunion. You are able to get one free report from each every year.

My clients are advised to get the three credit reports about 30 days after their bankruptcy is complete and to check the credit reports for outstanding balances and accuracy. If items are reported inaccurately, you should see your bankruptcy attorney.

http://www.chexsystems.com/  and – www.telecheck.com — both are another kind of credit reporting agency.

These provide service to banks and credit unions before a new account is opened. I advise my clients to get these two reports too.

Dunn & Bradstreet- business credit reports