A good credit score can be an asset when you need it most. But if you don’t regularly monitor your credit status, your credit score can become a liability. Have you checked your credit report lately?
By law you are able to obtain a copy of your credit report free every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. The three companies have formed a central agency so that you can request a copy from all of them at once. It’s called Annual Credit Report and can be accessed online.
This free credit report can be a valuable tool in maintaining your lifestyle and can save you money. By monitoring your credit report on a regular basis, you can catch any errors that may have been recorded and see that they are corrected immediately. Also with the increased crime of identity theft, with a vigilant eye on your credit reports, you can catch any funny business early.
There are just a few things you need to do to maintain a good credit score.
-First and foremost, make your payments on time.
-Stick within your budget and manage your debt.
-Do just what you’re doing and monitor your credit report regularly to correct any possible errors.
-Try to avoid any unnecessary inquiries of your credit report, as each request can be marked against your good credit score.
-Reduce your credit card balances if they’re limited out.
-If you don’t have enough credit history, you may consider applying for new credit.
By carefully reviewing your credit report on a regular basis, you can be sure that you maintain a good FICO score. “What is a FICO score?” you say.
The FICO score is the ‘grade’ with which financial institutions use to judge the risk they take when extending you credit. The higher the FICO score, the better. The scores generally range from 499 – 800 plus.
By keeping a close watch on your credit reports, you can help to protect your good credit. Whether it’s a car loan, credit card, or mortgage, your credit score can dictate the interest rate of your new loan. A good credit score can save you money.