Monday, October 13, 2008

Credit Crunch

Here are some quick tips on how to improve your credit (and feel free to comment with any additional tips):

1. Don't apply for a lot of credit cards or loans. The inquiries will hurt your credit score.

2. Make sure you have credit cards or loans in your own name. You need your own line of good credit. You can't depend on using your spouse's. That way, you have a double safety net. If either of your credit gets damaged, at least the other one has good credit.

3. Don't charge a lot to your credit cards. If the limit is $2000, then only charge $200 to the card. If you have a small amount charged to your cards and high credit limits, it will increase your score.

4. Don't be late on payments ever!


Leah Marie said...

Great tips! Another one is to actually USE your credit cards. Cards with no activity don't look good on the credit score, and often the credit card company will close an account that is not being used.

Em said...

Thank you Leah Marie for the additional advice!

Em said...

By law you are entitled to one free credit report per year. The official place to get free credit reports is

All other websites will require you to sign up for a some sort of membership.

Lindsey Sharp said...

Also if you have more than half of your limit on your credit card it is considered maxed out!!