Secured credit cards, including First Progress cards, require a refundable security deposit to open the account. Deposits for First Progress secured credit cards start at $200, but approved applicants can choose to deposit up to $2,000. The amount of the deposit determines your initial credit limit, and also serves as collateral for the issuer, should you default on the account. You'll get the deposit back when you close the account with no outstanding balance.
That makes secured credit cards the better deal for repairing less-than-good credit. You will have to front your own money to open the account, but it's money you'll get back if you use the card responsibly. If you establish a history of timely payments, you may receive a credit limit increase or be eligible to transition to an unsecured credit card with better terms.
The easiest unsecured credit cards to get generally work best for minor emergencies. You will only receive a small amount of spending power, after all.
Unsecured credit cards for people with bad credit also tend to be very expensive, charging lots of fees and high interest rates. So, if you don’t need a small emergency loan, the best course of action is to improve your credit inexpensively with a secured card. Secured cards are cheaper than unsecured cards, build credit just as effectively, and offer the closest thing you’ll find to guaranteed approval.
The First Progress Platinum Select is a good card If you have no credit or bad credit.
It helps you build credit history by reporting to all three major credit reporting agencies. With that said, like most secured cards, the Platinum Select does require an initial security deposit, which becomes your credit limit.… read full answer
The only major downside I see is the annual fee. You can find better alternatives without annual fees, such as Discover it Secured and Capital One Secured.
In addition to no-annual-fees, the Discover offering has rewards in the form of cash back and the Capital One offering has the potential to be partially secured, meaning that your credit limit can be higher than your initial security deposit.
The best credit card for a 550 credit score is the OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card. There’s no credit check when you apply, so approval is almost guaranteed. You just need $200 for a refundable security deposit and enough income to make monthly payments. This card also reports to all three major credit bureaus every month, which is your ticket to a better credit score. And a $35 annual fee isn’t too much to pay for that.… read full answer
The Discover it® Secured Credit Cardis another great 550 credit score credit card. It has a $0 annual fee and actually rewards you for making purchases. A 550 credit score won’t keep you from getting approved either. But a pending bankruptcy will.
Those aren’t the only credit cards you can get with a 550 credit score. In fact, there are two kinds of credit cards for people at that credit level: Secured credit cards and unsecured credit cards for bad credit. A 550 credit score is within the bad credit range, unfortunately. Bad credit goes from 300 to 639. But picking the right 550 credit score credit card and using it responsibly could help you improve your score to “fair” territory within 12-18 months.
Before applying for a card, make sure to check out its terms and conditions, or a FAQ page if there is one, just to make sure you fit the criteria for eligibility. You can also try getting pre-approved for a credit card. It won’t hurt your credit, and it will give you a good idea of your odds if you decide to apply.
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