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By Terry Savage on August 19, 2023 | Credit/Debt

Granddaughter (27) ran up$700 in credit card debt four years ago.
Did not make payments. Also $500 medical bills. Trying to rebuild credit with a
secured credit card. Capital One rejected her for secured card due to failure to make prior payments. No ability to pay prior debts. Suggestions?

Terry Says

First question: did she ever pay off that debt — or did the card issuers simply write it off? That will make a big difference in getting even a secured card (where your credit limit is the amount of your deposit in a savings account).

I have a better idea. She needs to LEARN something more about credit since it is likely in very bad shape if they denied her a card. I suggest SHE (not YOU) contact the National Foundation for Credit Counseling at 800-388-2227. That will connect her to the nearest local member agency. They are a non-profit and you can trust them completely. Some counseling can even be done over the phone, but I suggest she set up an appointment to go in for a talk. They can explain exactly how she must go about rebuilding her credit — and may be able to give her some assistance.

Again, this is on HER, not you — although I understand your concern. There’s an old Savage Truth: “The lessons that cost the most, teach the most.” Let her learn this lesson for her own future.

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