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I am staring in shock. My credit score decreased by thirty four-points. THIRTY-FOUR!
I had a perfectly impressive 816 credit score. Now, I am reluctantly starting at a 782.
My emotions experienced the full range of grief; starting in denial, quickly progressing into anger, dabbling in bargaining, taking a stroll in fiscal depression, before land with a splat in acceptance.
I accepted that I had fed the credit card score after midnight.
GREMLIN LIKE GROWTH
Turns out that I had let my credit utilization increase by a lot. I went from my typical one percent and through a series of expensive events, it grew to three percent.
I had a few purchases that were bigger than normal and instead of taking care of the problem immediately, I figured my automatic credit card payment would take care of it.
Instead, my credit card kept building until it was this big, green, ugly mark on my credit score. Lame!
From my experience, there are times when things go a little awry and then there are times when everything is awry.
This was one of those times.
Along with my high credit utilization, I had a hard credit check because of a mortgage refinance.
To capture an insanely low rate of 2.25%, the house had to be refined, again. It’s all fine and dandy until someone’s credit score is given a hard check. I am sure my credit score looked all fluffy and cute before it turned into the ugly, green guy it is now!
My credit score decreased because the gremlins decided to partying with it, luckily I have a gizmo for that.
I started cleaning up the mess by paying off my credit card bills. The depressing part is that I had the money, it was sitting, patiently in my checking account. I just needed to do the thing!
There is little I can do about the gooey mess of a hard credit check but I can call my credit card companies to see if they will increase my credit limits. That will teach the high utilization!
THE GOOEY HITCH
It feels good to win the battle with the gooey gremlins. But is it the war?
Up from the depths, I remember that I wanted to close one of my credit card accounts.
Now the battle is, do I want to keep this credit card open even though I don’t want four credit cards, or do I want to let it ride for a bit until my credit score recovers?
And, perhaps more importantly, which one will prevent me from feeding the gremlins after midnight, again.
Do you have any gremlins in your life? What kind of gizmo do you use?