The Wise Spend Wednesday tip of the week is to keep your spending in check by checking your credit score! CreditSoup.com offers a neat little tool that will check your score for FREE! No hard pulls that will affect your credit, just enough to give you access to see what's on there. CreditSoup utilizes the TransUnion VantageScore® 3.0, which is the only model to be developed jointly by all three national Credit Reporting Companies (CRCs). You get a credit-risk solution that’s more predictive, more consistent and more stable than older models.
How Is A Credit Score Ranked?
The score values generated by the TransUnion VantageScore® range between 300 and 850. A low score close to 300 means that you have very bad credit, while a high score closer to 850 means that you have very good credit. Your personal score is based off of payment history, credit utilization, total balances across all cards, length of credit history, age of accounts, recent spending behavior and total credit across all cards. The scores are broken down below.
Excellent Credit = 750-850
Good Credit = 700-749
Fair Credit = 650-699
Bad Credit = 550-649
How Often Does A Credit Score Change?
Your score can change any time new details show up on your credit report. It will change any time you open a new credit card account, take out a loan or pay a credit card bill. If you use your credit cards regularly, your score will change once a month.
How Important is Payment History to A Credit Score?
Payment history has a large impact on your score. One late payment on your credit cards can lower your score up to 110 points and can linger on your credit report for a long time. By paying your bills on time and establishing a good payment history, you can have a positive impact on your score.
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