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Save money and stay out of debt with the advice in this Howcast video series about credit and credit cards.
You Will Need
- A telephone or computer with internet access
Request a report
Request a copy of your credit report from the three national credit bureaus – Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion – by logging onto annualcreditreport.com or by calling 877-322-8228. You are entitled to one free copy of each annually.
Check for errors
Check the reports for errors and fraud by reviewing the credit card accounts and loan history. Look for lines of credit you did not open and reported delinquencies and defaults that are untrue.
Report any errors to the credit-reporting agency in writing. Include evidence of the mistake – for example, cancelled checks for proof of payment. You will receive written notice of the results of the investigation within 30 days.
Request your score
If your credit report is less than perfect, you might want to request your credit score. This is the number that banks use to determine your eligibility for a loan. You can get your credit score from any of the three national credit bureaus.
Improve your score
If your credit score is low, improve it by paying outstanding debts and paying your bills on time. A low credit score is below 670, while the top score is 850.
Mark on your calendar when it’s time to order your credit report again, and keep a close eye on it!