15/3 Credit Card Payment Hack: 2021 Ultimate Guide

I’m going to show you how to boost your credit score within 30 days. The method to do this is to pay your credit card before the statement date, and I’ll show you in this article why that helps. Doing this is kind of temporary because you actually have to do this every single month, in order to maintain the benefit. If you stop doing it your credit score will drop back down.

What is the 15/3 rule for credit?

Now you’re on your credit card account, it usually closes around the same day to every single month. Let’s just pretend this is the 24 on your closing date:

Closing date on Calendar

Your credit card company will report to the credit bureaus, if you’ve been active in this month and how much you owe in this month. The effort here is to go in there before the reporting date and change your balance in your credit card by paying it all up.

Normally your credit card will have a closing date and then they’ll send out the bill a few days later . Then after you get the bill it will be due a few weeks later after that, normally you would pay maybe sometime right on the due date, or couple weeks later (Red area on the picture above).

Credit utilization

Even if you pay your bills in full and on time every single month, you can still benefit from this method, because you’re going to have a certain amount of utilization in your credit card . And if you can get that to zero you’ll actually boost your credit score.

Here’s a hypothetical model of what I think it’s going on with the credit utilization

Credit Utilization hypothetical model

The point here is that the more you utilize your credit card, the more balanced you carry ,and the more it’s going to negatively affect your credit score. I put a number of about 100 here, because I think that’s how much it affects your credit score, if you happen to use up all your credit. so if you use up your total balance of your total credit, in other words you use up all your credit cards to the max. Max them out but maybe you pay them all off every month anyway, it’s still going to negatively affect your credit score by about 100 points, I estimate.

Let’s look at a typical case, let’s say you have 3 credit cards with a $1000 credit limit in each card, and you just do normal spending $200, $400, and $300 for each credit card. If you add this up, it’s $900 over $3000 which is 3/10. And 3/10 of a hundred it’s about 30 points deduction in your credit score.

So you can see from here that if you happen to be able to set these to zero, you’re going to be able to increase your credit score by a little bit every single month. The thing is in order to set these to zero you have to kind of monitor your credit card, and just go in there manually every single time before the statement date and pay it. This is really time-consuming and I actually don’t like doing this myself I already have a good credit score, I don’t do this but if you have a mediocre credit score and you’re about to buy a car, get a mortgage or something this might be a good way to go in order to give yourself a temporary credit score boost.

You might want to try this maybe a month or two before you actually use your credit card to actually see that. There’s a difference you might say “hey why don’t I just pay everything off and not use the credit card at all and then I’ll set those to zero”, but the thing is if you set all those to zero and not use a credit card, your credit card will actually show up as idle, which means you’re not using a credit card, which will actually not help your credit score at all. Instead of zero maybe you can just spend $1 in each card and then pay everything else with cash, but that’s not very good either because if you have cars that have cash back, you’re forfeiting all that cash back in using a card and the convenience of using cards.

The Bottom Line

So if you’re thinking of using your credit score in the near future, its viable to just go in your credit card and check out what the statement end date is for each card, make a note of that and make sure you go in there one day before the statement date, and pay off the whole card. This will give you a temporary boost in your credit score ,and you need to repeat this every month in order to keep the same benefit. so I hope this helps everybody get a higher credit score, maybe even a lower interest rate on your car or house loan don’t forget to comment down below if you have a question about this method. Thank you for reading our Credit Tips & Tricks.

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