When is the best time to pay credit card bill (for your score)

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saggy1
 
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When is the best time to pay credit card bill (for your score)

Postby saggy1 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:42 am

When trying to pay your credit card in full or at 1-9% utilization, when is the best time to pay?

Is it when your statement period is over OR when payment on the statement is due?

If my statement is on the 15th, but I have until the 30th to pay; do you want to pay in full before the 15th or before the 30th? Which is better?

THX


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Postby saggy1 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:58 am

Bump.

Any help would be great!

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Postby 432521 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:23 am

pay before the 15th, preferably by a couple days or call and ask your company when your billing cycle ends each month.
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Postby lennyj17 » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:01 am

The best time to pay in full would be before your statement closes....the statement balance is what gets reported to the Bureaus.

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Postby DavidNY » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:49 pm

Since the accounts can report to the bureaus at any time, the best way to handle it would be to keep a zero balance. I pay on the due date as I don't think the credit score difference is that much, but if I wanted to get my score the highest it could be I'd pay off what I buy on credit immediately.

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Best time to pay statement to maximize score

Postby Master Chief » Fri May 24, 2013 11:28 am

Hello,

I am very new to this but I have been working on me credit and it’s been getting better little by little. 663 FICO so far.

I want to better my credit (like most of us) and I recently was approved for an American Express Premiere Rewards Gold card and a Capital One Reward One card ($2,000) CL.

I know I need to pay the AMEX card off each month and I just got an email asking me to please pay by current balance of $990 by June 6th. I have no problems with paying this but I am wanting to know when I should (if at the end of the month is better than now, etc.) or if it matters for credit reporting on a charge card like this.

In regards to my Capital One Rewards Card I would like to know when I should pay balances down on this card as well each month. I have heard people talking about paying before the card companies report to the agencies but how do I know when they report to the agencies?

I guess I am wanting to pay at a time that will maximize my score and make it better but also show I am using the cards as well. I hear it’s not the best practice to just pay the balance right away (is this correct)?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Postby ForumPheen » Tue May 28, 2013 10:27 pm

Lucky you. Same ball park as you and Amex won't bite. From what I gather, you pay before your statement cuts, not when it's due, when it comes to improving score and showing utilization. That is what gets reported to the bureaus.

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Postby rockyrock » Wed May 29, 2013 1:04 am

Master Chief wrote:Hello,

I am very new to this but I have been working on me credit and it’s been getting better little by little. 663 FICO so far.

I want to better my credit (like most of us) and I recently was approved for an American Express Premiere Rewards Gold card and a Capital One Reward One card ($2,000) CL.

I know I need to pay the AMEX card off each month and I just got an email asking me to please pay by current balance of $990 by June 6th. I have no problems with paying this but I am wanting to know when I should (if at the end of the month is better than now, etc.) or if it matters for credit reporting on a charge card like this.

In regards to my Capital One Rewards Card I would like to know when I should pay balances down on this card as well each month. I have heard people talking about paying before the card companies report to the agencies but how do I know when they report to the agencies?

I guess I am wanting to pay at a time that will maximize my score and make it better but also show I am using the cards as well. I hear it’s not the best practice to just pay the balance right away (is this correct)?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


Welcome to the forum Brother!

You will get much advice on this forum so like many things you will just have to do what works for you. I’ll share what has worked for me and what I’ve learned in this and other forums. As always, YMMV.

Make sure you pay that Amex off each month and if you can, do it before the statement closes so it shows a zero balance.

For your Cap1 if you can do the same, do it. If you must carry a balance try to keep it below the 20% or so. This is where having a limit higher than you think you need comes in handy.

Everything from here on has nothing to do with what you asked I just wanted to share something while I have the mic.

I just requested a credit limit increase (CLI) on one of my cards; while I was on the phone with someone that identified them self the "senior credit analysis" or something to that effect she indicated the way I was using my card was very desirable. I was max’ing it out almost every month but making two substantial payments each month as well.

Now, I took that as more than my raw score went into making the decision to raise my limit. To be honest I had no doubt my limit would be increased as the current limit on this particular card represented only 1% of my total available credit. This card is used exclusively by my wife while I am deployed. I requested a CLI only to avoid it being reported as being 100% utilized—she can spend faster than I can pay :-)

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