With the economy still going through a long, slow recovery, millions of Americans are feeling financial pressure. Whether you’ve lost…
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You’ve heard it before: check your credit report. But when you get a copy of it, do you know what to look for? We give you four simple tips about what to look for and how to resolve any incorrect or problematic information.
Find out what habits those with excellent credit scores have and what you need to do to achieve your own true credit score potential.
The end of each year brings a time for reflection and renewal, and this is especially valuable when it comes to personal finance. As the year 2010 comes to a close, are you better off financially than you were on January 1 of this year? What would you like to do differently so that your finances are in better shape at the end of 2011? Here are a few things you can do by the end of the year to improve your financial position for 2011.
Your credit score has never been so important. Lenders will check your credit score to determine whether or not you qualify for a new line of credit. Before lending you money, creditors want to know how risky you are as a borrower and how likely you are to pay back a loan on time. A tarnished credit score can be both stressful and costly. If you have already hurt your credit score with some wrong financial moves, then read on to learn about credit repair.
Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. You’ve enjoyed a fun and indulgent spending spree, and yes, you charged everything to your credit card. One month and many blissful purchases later, you find yourself facing a huge credit card bill. You don’t have the money to pay for it, so you pay the minimum balance due. This is dangerous, and in many cases, can cost you your credit score – and ultimately your financial future. Find out how to redeem yourself – and your credit score – after a spending spree.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy can help end your financial nightmare, but also can bring new problems of its own once a judge finalizes your request. Learn how to start rebuilding your credit score right away so you don’t have to spend the next 10 years simply waiting for that dreaded bankruptcy notation to fall off of your credit reports.
It may sound silly (or unfair, whichever way you look at it), but more often than not bad credit is having an impact well beyond high interest rates and unapproved credit and loan applications. Credit card debt and a poor credit score can make things like finding a job or a home extremely difficult. Your landlord and your employer were probably all up in your credit score and report at one time or another.
Having a good credit score is like having the world’s best coupon book for all of life’s major financial transactions. Not only will it open doors for you to qualify for things like mortgages, auto loans, private student loans and credit cards, but the better your credit score is, the better the “deal” you’ll get – and that all translates to more money in your pocket. Here are five ways to improve your credit score so you access the best deals on life’s largest purchases.