As consumers become more savvy about their scores, it may be time to look instead at the underlying factors that go into them.
A rent-to-own plan is an expensive alternative for people with bad credit, and it won't help them improve their scores.
There are times when it's worth a hit to your credit scores to tell a card issuer you don't want to do business with them anymore.
If you want to be technical about it, you don't really have a credit report on file with the credit reporting agencies to begin with.
Using a credit card for all of your expenses in an effort to get the most rewards could reduce your credit scores.
These new firms offer to ease the apartment hunt for folks with shaky finances. But their fees are anything but low-rent.
You may think you no longer have to pay that credit card bill, but the card company might think otherwise.
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