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									       Applying For Credit
       Making the right choice for you!

       by Sr. Director, Michele Tufenkjian

    Applying for credit cards is sometimes not a simple process! If you wish to apply for a card, you first must
know what your credit is like. For instance, if you are over-extended heavily or you have a history of constant
late payments, you probably will not be approved for a regular card. You may need to apply for a First Premier,
Capital One or Providian as they have different cards for people that have less than great credit scores. Keep in
mind if your credit is not good, and you are accepted for a card, you may have to pay a higher interest rate
because you are considered a "High Risk". Don't let this discourage you. Go ahead and get some credit
established in your name even if it is a higher rate.

    After 1 year of excellent payment history, you are often able to re-negotiate a lower rate. The better your
credit gets, the more you can apply for a lower credit. All credit is "score driven". A score of 700 - 720 or
above is considered to be excellent! From 650-700 is pretty good but if its 650, it is usually starting to signal
that you may be over-extended or close to your maximum. Anything lower than 650, you will have to find a
card that is especially for those wishing to re-establish poor credit. Cross Country Bank and First Premier are
excellent cards for people that have poor credit, although First Premier also has cards for people with excellent
credit. They are perhaps the best 2 companies that help people with poor credit. You will have to pay a one
time processing fee, and possibly another fee, but well worth it to establish or re-establish your credit. Don't get
hung up on the numbers if your credit is not good.

    Below are several cards that you can apply for. Of course, your bank is sometimes even better as you
already have a relationship established with them. Some people may need a co-signer (or co-applicant) to help
them out to get started. If you have someone who believes enough in you to help you get started, - it's ok. Its a
way to get you going. Anything is better than sitting doing nothing to change your circumstances!

When National Sales Director Pamela Shaw started her Mary Kay Business, she was $16,000.00 in debt. She
was turned down by bank after bank, after bank - but she didn't give up. She persisted and found a bank that
would loan her the money to get started - at a rate of 28%! She didn't let herself get hung up on the rate because
she knew that this business could get her out of debt - and it did! She is now a National Sales Director and 8
years in a row in the Million Dollar Achievement Circle! Was it worth it for her? You bet! That certainly
doesn't mean you would pay that today. There are so many different rates available today that weren't available
10 years ago. Shop around but keep in mind that if you have poor credit, you will be paying a higher interest

    So often I hear of so many women tearing up their credit cards due to a divorce, etc., which leaves them
now with no credit! This is the worst thing you can do because no credit is worse than bad credit. If you have
no credit - it is very hard to get something established & you will be turned down constantly because "you have
no credit history". Its very frustrating being turned down over and over because of "lack of credit" and you will
find yourself asking "how am I supposed to get credit when no one is willing to give me a start"? It is best to
keep just 1 credit card if you find yourself in a bad situation. At least you are keeping some credit in your
name. Not having a Checking Account is a RED flag to everyone that you are a very high risk and a poor
money manager which means no one will extend credit to you. Consider learning how to manage money better,
and develop better skills by taking a course in basic accounting or money management to help you understand
the importance of mastering this crucial skill. If you have never "balanced" a checkbook - now is the time to
learn! Poor money management is the number #1 reason why Consultants fail! Don't let yourself get caught in
this situation.
Southwest Airlines miles card. Will need good credit

Citi Advantage card - Airlines miles card. Will need good credit to apply

United Airlines card - Will need good credit
Capital One Visa - another good Airlines mileage card. Good for people that have fair to very good credit or if
you need to establish alittle more. Instant approval. Has different cards depending on your credit situation.

Provdian is a good card and one of the largest card providers in the US. Providian is also a good source for
people wanting to establish credit. Credit cards and interest rates varies depending on your credit score.
Remember if you are trying to re-establish credit, or to build more credit, you may have a higher interest rate
because of your poor credit score. It is better to try to re-establish your credit, show a record of timely
payments, then after 1 year, you may be able to re-negotiate a better rate or even switch to another card. But
you must first establish a good payment record. Having no credit is worse than having poor credit!

First Premiere Cards
This company is great if you have bad credit including bankruptcy. No instant approval. Credit limit is usually
between $300 and $500 - depending on your score. Annual fee and a higher interest rate apply but well worth it
if you need to re-establish bad credit or no credit. After you have had the card for 2 years - you should be able
to apply for one with a better interest rate and no annual fee. You can transfer the balance from this card to
your new one.

   You can also apply at the following:
   24 Hour VISA... US Bank Visa (Kris) at 402-484-3784
   Citi Advantage Air Miles Mastercard (
   United Milage Plus Air Miles Visa (
   Platinum Miles One Visa (
   National City Bank : (937) 890-1804 - ask for Bill Biray or Jeff
   US Bank: (402) 420-1329 - (same or next day approval)

Also - you may apply for a Cross Country Bank Credit Card.
It is the same as First Premiere and Centennial. Go to their website ( for more

    * Check financial companies like ITT, Trans South, Commercial Credit, or Household Finance (HFC);
Start looking in the phone book in your local area.

   * Borrow the cash value of life insurance policies.

    * Have a relative put a certificate of deposit in a bank and list you as the co-owner. the bank then has to
loan the new consultant up to that amount.

1. Conventional Loan – This type of loan from a bank will help you establish credit in your own name. If you
are married, be sure to get the loan in your name. They prefer larger amounts usually $2,500 to $3,000
minimum. The rates are usually reasonable and there is usually no pre-payment penalty, should you decide to
pay your loan off quickly. Find a great local source that you build a relationship with and can send people to for

2. Passbook Loan – You borrow against the money you have in a savings account.

3. Life Insurance Loan – You can borrow against your life insurance usually at a very low rate of interest.

4. Credit Union Loan – If you are employed and have a Credit Union; or if married, your spouse might have a
Credit Union at his place of employment. Credit Unions are traditionally a source of low interest loans.
Processing your loan may take 2 to 3 weeks.

5. Credit Card Loans – Visa, Mastercard, and American Express have ways to borrow money. Mary Kay
Cosmetics will accept Visa/MC/Discover for inventory purchases. You must be sure to have enough available
credit on the card to cover your purchase. It is simple to find this out by calling the bank issuing your card
and asking what your credit balance is. We recommend that you use a separate bank card for your Mary Kay
business, if one is available.

6. M. Bank Visa – Your recruiter can provide you with a credit card application for M Bank Visa, a credit card
available to you on terms negotiated by Mary Kay Cosmetics. The disadvantage to using this option is that
credit approval requires 6 to 8 weeks. We recommend that you express mail your application for faster

7. Family Loan – Many times there are members of your family willing to help you start your career. It is
recommended that the arrangement be made on a loan basis where you pay this money back in monthly
installments. Co-signers – If you do not have a lengthy credit history or have not been employed long enough,
having a co-signer (parent, relative, close friend) may help you qualify.

8. Hidden Treasures – “Pawn” something that you have that is valuable that you are not using.

9. Secured Loan – You can use your automobile, your home, stocks and bonds, Certificates of Deposit, etc. as
collateral. Along with banks, financial institutions such as Beneficial, Morris Plan, Avco, etc. offer a variety of
loan packages.

10. Borrow against another person’s savings – Ask someone to put a portion of their savings into Certificates
of Deposit, then you borrow against that. Their money is safe, guaranteed, and they’re still making interest.

11. Have a Garage Sale – Other people will pay you good money for items you sell. The good news is that
you’ll be able $2 for each $1 you put into Mary Kay.

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