I started with a $1000 credit line. I used it like I would use my debit card. Except I used the credit card for all purchases and made multiple payments throughout the month. I did that for 5 months and they raised my credit line from $1000 to $5000. Helped me build my credit from the 580 to 730.
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I applied for this card because CK said I had excellent approval odds (all my credit scores are currently just above 700). I was approved instantly, but with a teensy tiny credit limit of $300. It takes $2600 a year in expenditures to get enough cash back to refund your $39 annual fee, so the joke is on me -- Capital One will definitely make money on me, because there's no way with a $300 credit limit that I will be charging $2600 annually on this card. However, I'm still grateful to Capital One for helping me rebuild my credit with my first Capital One card. I got their secured Mastercard as card number one and it has been fantastic for rebuilding my credit. So maybe this annual fee is a thank-you for that. I'm hoping to get to 750 quicker with two cards. I also really appreciate Credit Karma's help in making me more aware of my credit and especially, of what affects my score.
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