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What are the best steps for someone to take to raise their credit score after filing bankruptcy?

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Small steps for next 10 years.

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Since a bankruptcy is a "black mark" on your credit for 10 years after filing, it's important to begin taking the steps needed to seriously reduce or eliminate the chances of having to ever do that again. First off is to make sure all bills are paid on time, and that includes rent and utilities.  Live within your means so that you don't drown in debt.  Try now to build up a savings account to cover potential emergencies, and this can be done at just $20/month to begin with.  Your goal for this account would be to cover 6 months living expenses. 

Once the bankruptcy is finished or your trustee gives the okay, you may want a secured credit card to start rebuilding credit.  Keep the card usage at or below 20% and pay the statement in full ("Total amount due") when the statement comes in.  Avoid going over limit or any late payments.

It takes a while to rebuild after bankruptcy (been there) but being careful and frugal works out for the best.

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