Credit Karma — one of our favorite sites for getting a truly free credit score — announced this week it now offers free credit reports as well. There’s still no catch, which is why Credit Karma remains our favorite place to quickly and easily check your own credit data at absolutely zero cost.
A good credit history is a big part of financial independence; a good credit score makes it possible to get credit cards and buy a home, while a poor or missing credit history can make it difficult to rent an apartment, get insurance — or even get a job. Here’s what you need to know about building a great credit history and using it responsibly.
Don’t fall for scams promising easy, overnight credit repair. If you want to fix your poor credit, you can (and should) do it yourself. Follow these six simple steps to do-it-yourself credit repair.
Dave Ramsey tells people that FICO scores aren’t credit scores; they’re “I love debt” scores. Case in point: Last week, I paid off my auto loan. This week, my FICO score dropped 60 points. Sixty! There have been no other changes to my credit report. Needless to say, I’m pretty flabbergasted…and pissed off…that my score […]
Have you already noticed that all the annoying TV ads for FreeCreditReport.com are now for FreeCreditScore.com? That’s because as of April 2, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) now requires companies claiming to offer free credit reports to include obvious disclaimers informing you that the only place to get a truly free credit report is […]
Tired of worrying about your credit, and being punished for having a low credit score? The eight steps listed below will lead you to financial freedom. Some are easier than others, but by following even some of them your credit score will rise. 1. Be Patient This one’s so easy, you don’t actually have to […]
A reader working to qualify for a mortgage writes: “I have checked my credit with the three bureaus, and they seem to have all my info up to date and everything looks good. My problem is that on the free credit reports I received (via annualcreditreport.com), I can see everything except my FICO score. Before […]
I frequently write about ways you can improve your credit score, so this post may appear hypocritical. But I’m seeing so many people obsess about their FICO score and other credit scores these days and, quite frankly, I don’t think it’s healthy. Honestly, when it comes to getting your finances in order, your credit score […]