Some people believe everything from where they live to the color of their skin affects their credit score. Here's what influences scores, what doesn't, and what you can do to improve yours.
Everybody makes mistakes -- even people who write about personal finances for a living.
Midwesterners in general can be proud of their credit scores. But in the South, not so much.
Having a higher credit score can save you significant money over the life of your loan. What should you aim for?
Thinking about switching to credit cards to avoid new bank fees on debit cards? Be careful. You could damage your credit score.
One can help you rebuild a damaged credit score. The other generally can't.
It's really difficult to earn the worst possible FICO score, requiring a perfect storm of bad luck and bad decisions.
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