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Credit Card for Mid 600s Credit Score

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:11 am
by 23mako
bogleheads,

I have a friend whose credit score is in the mid 600s. What would be a good credit card for him to start looking at to bulk up his score? The last thing I want is for them to apply to a card and get rejected. Any experience with the secured cards? His credit history has no negative marks but he has only paid off his student loans (in full) and has never had a car loan, been delinquent etc.

Thank you!

Re: Credit Card for Mid 600s Credit Score

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:20 am
by Jack FFR1846
Discover IT card. It's marketed to students making zero dollars. He'll get something like $1000 credit limit but it will build his credit if used responsibly. If you have a Discover card, send him an invitation. When he makes his first purchase using your link, you'll get $50 and he'll get $50. I did that for my son so he could do exactly the same thing....build up his credit score. But he was around 760, so a better risk.

Re: Credit Card for Mid 600s Credit Score

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:24 am
by jfn111
Both Capitalone and Discover have pre-qualification sites were you can test the water before applying. They both have secured cards that graduate to unsecured after a certain amount of time.

Re: Credit Card for Mid 600s Credit Score

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:43 am
by UpperNwGuy
Another vote for Discover. Also, many credit unions have cards for this situation.