As a recent graduate, I have had plenty of opportunity to amass niggling overdraft charges from succumbing to the ‘if the card lets me,’ hedonistic spending. If the £30 bank charge is upsetting enough and it is, (as the unfortunate local branch staff has learned) this is merely the beginning of a plethora of increased financial costs. The commercial Big Brother is watching, ready to punish any reckless spenders with increased interest rates, car insurance and embarrassing rejection on finance for a new TV. Increasingly employers are using these credit reports as a test of character, only an unscrupulous individual could find enmity at a bank. Even before my hedonistic student days, before I even had cause to be recognized as a consumer by Big Brother, I was deemed unworthy of a Vodafone contract; no credit history is bad credit history.
This has led me to conclude the solution for my credit rating problem; I need to be less docile in the credit world. In order to lift myself into the credit worthy ranks I have to take more overdrafts, more 15% credit cards and prove myself capable of resisting the temptation to spend! Only after serving the penance of deprivation in the face of temptation I will be deemed employable or insurable by the powers that be.
I will keep my self entertained by the knowledge that my prudence will be paid for in the future, checking my credit report daily. In the face of a global credit crunch caused by reckless spending low income consumers like me, why is this temptation so actively encouraged? While Moody’s and Fitches have come under fire, maybe the consumer credit checkers should be scrutinized for their policies too. However, one thing this clearly does highlight is the importance of keeping track of your credit history.