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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Saving on Big Ticket Items -- Your Credit Score

Let's take a break from saving money on essentials to how to save money on big-ticket purchases and bills. This involves your credit score. Believe it or not, your credit score can be your "coupon" in the financial world.

We all know our credit score is important. We keep hearing it on TV, right? But why is it important and how does it affect our lives?

Your credit score, and the detailed history that goes with it, is one of your most key parts of your financial life. Your credit score follows you forever. It can and does play a huge role in many major financial situations in your life. Many people think that a credit score really only matters when it comes to being approved for a loan or credit card, but it affects more than that.

A potential employer will often check your credit score as part of the overall picture of who you are. Credit score can also determine insurance rates for your vehicles and home. When searching for apartments, some landlords also check credit scores in evaluating if you're a good risk.

Raising your credit score can mean savings for you in a variety of areas, and unlike coupons, can potentially save you hundreds of dollars a year. Sometimes improving your credit score can be as simple as seeing what it is and the credit history that has factored into that score. There are sometimes errors on the credit report that can be fixed by contacting your creditors. Knowledge can also be motivation--if you're looking to buy a house, you're going to be more careful about paying all of your bills on time so you don't "ding" your credit score.

If you don't know what your credit score is, or haven't checked it lately, you should get a free credit score report. Knowledge is power!

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