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Boost Your Credit Score

Have incorrect negative information removed from your report. Check your credit report annually. If you notice any mistakes, dispute them. It usually takes 30 to 45 days for complaints to be processed.  “There could be erroneous reports that were sent to collections agencies,” says Irby. “ posts the credit score used most by lenders. In addition, offers free credit reports, but they are provided by TransUnion, not FICO.”

Apply for credit when you need it, but don’t apply excessively. “Inquiries count toward 10% of your credit score,” says Ulzheimer. “The damage that one inquiry can cost lasts a year. If you plan to buy a car or a home in the next year, think wisely about inquiries.” That retail store credit card that will save you 10% every time you use it isn’t worth it. Although, “your credit report should include various types of credit: Auto loans, credit cards and mortgages,” says Woolsey. “If you’re shopping for a loan for a car or home, shop within 45 days. Loan inquires that occur with a 45-day period are counted as one inquiry, said Ulzheimer.

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1. I Will Live Within My Means
2. I Will Maximize My Income Potential Through Education and Training
3. I Will Effectively Manage My Budget, Credit, Debt, and Tax Obligations
4. I Will Save At Least 10% of My Income
5. I Will Use Homeownership as a Foundation For Building Wealth
6. I Will Devise An Investment Plan For My Retirement Needs And Childrens’ Education
7. I Will Ensure That My Entire Family Adheres To Sensible Money Management Principles
8. I Will Support the Creation and Growth of Minority-Owned Businesses
9. I Will Guarantee My Wealth Is Passed On To Future Generations Through Proper Insurance And Estate Planning

10. I Will Strengthen My Community Through Philanthropy