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Being saddled with bad credit can certainly sting — and, while it may feel like you’ll be stuck with lackluster scores forever, is here to tell you all hope is not lost. One of the best ways to rebuild credit is to apply for a credit card for bad credit. (They’re designed for folks just like you, so you have a better chance of qualifying.) We’ve rounded up some of the best credit cards for bad credit and reviewed specific products so you have all the information you need to find the right piece of plastic for you. Note: Many of these cards have fees and higher interest rates, since the issuer is taking a bit of a risk on you, but it still pays to comparison shop. Next, make all of your payments on-time, keep your debt levels low, and monitor your progress using’s free credit report snapshot, updated every 14 days, to see how your credit scores are doing.

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