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Credit Karma: The Best Place For Truly Free Credit Scores Now Offers Full Credit Reports

Anyone who has read Money Under 30 for some time knows that I'm a big fan of Credit Karma -- a site that provides a truly free credit score with no credit card numbers/signups required. This week they announced an exciting update that Credit Karma … [Read more...]

Auto Insurance Scores: The Surprising Truth About How Credit Affects Car Insurance Rates

As I often mention, I login to the free service CreditKarma every couple of months to keep track of my credit score. One time a year or so ago I logged in to see a new feature that differentiated my credit score from my auto insurance score. To my … [Read more...]

New to Credit? Five Ways to Speed up Building a Good Credit Score

Anyone whose tried to get a loan with a weak credit history knows that even an excellent credit score will only get you so far with lenders. That myth your uncle told you about signing up for a credit card, using it once, paying it off and letting … [Read more...]

Credit Sesame Review: A Free Tool for Improving Your Credit

Credit Sesame is new service providing free credit score tracking and ways to organize your existing debts so you can identify opportunities to pay them off faster. It's like Credit Karma meets Debt Goal meets LendingTree. Credit Sesame gives … [Read more...]

Good Credit Matters: How to Understand and Improve Your Credit Score

If I had to fit this post on the back of a napkin, this is what it would look like. The keys to a good credit score are paying your bills on time, having a mix of accounts (credit cards and loans), and keeping accounts in good standing for many y … [Read more...]

Do It Yourself Credit Repair: 6 Steps To Recover From Bad Credit

If you’ve had an overdue student loan, years of high credit card balances or even a foreclosure, you probably have a low credit score, which can cost you a bundle if you ever want new credit. With poor credit, you may simply not be able to get m … [Read more...]

Credit Scores Scare Me

I just turned off the TV. Why? There was an ad on about a furry, man-eating, house-soiling credit score run amuck. This is the stuff of nightmares. Most of us reading here bought what our parents and teachers sold to us all through … [Read more...]

Paying Off an Auto Loan Is Bad For Your Credit Score!?

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. … [Read more...]

Beware Free Credit Score Ads

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 i … [Read more...]

Eight Steps to Achieve Credit Nirvana

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. … [Read more...]