If you are in debt, there is no doubt that you have received some kind of notification about the state of your credit score. For some people, this notification can serve as a wakeup call about their financial health, especially if they are not accustomed to reviewing their credit reports on a regular basis. While your credit report is not something you have to monitor every day, checking in on it every few weeks can significantly help your financial situation overall.
Understand Your Credit History
Your credit report affects the terms of every loan and credit card for which you apply, and your history of successfully paying off loans, negotiating settlements, and taking out new loans makes up a significant portion of this report. When you take the time and focus on reviewing your credit reports every few weeks, you may get a better understanding of what companies you have accounts with, what your spending limits are, and how much you currently owe. You can also see how many payments you have made in the past and for what amounts so that you can adjust your payments in the future and perhaps put more than the minimum payment on your highest credit cards or loans to pay them off faster.
See How Little Changes Can Add Up Over Time
To really reach a point where you are understanding your credit reports, you have to understand how every little financial decision you make impacts your situation as a whole. Regularly reviewing your spending habits can help you see exactly how making monthly minimum payments impacts your score versus paying off the balance in full each month, how opening a new credit card impacts your score versus sticking with the few you already have, and even how neglecting outstanding balances over time shows up on your credit report.
By learning the cause and effect relationship between all of your financial actions and your credit score, you can find out exactly what you need to do to avoid overwhelming debt and create the financial future you’ve always dreamed of.
Detect Problems Before They Get Worse
One of the biggest benefits of regularly reviewing your credit reports is that you are able to see any potential issues before they have the chance to get worse. Credit reports regularly update and include information about every single one of your credit accounts, so you can stay on top of all your financial obligations in one place. In fact, the report is kind of a one-stop-shop for all of your personal financial questions and goals. If you look at your report through an app for your credit card or another lender, it may even tell you exactly what to work on to improve your score.
Another great benefit that many people do not realize at first is that your credit report shows you when people inquire about your credit score. When potential lenders complete “hard checks,” they are taking a thorough look at your credit report. Too many of these hard checks a year can actually lower your score, which is why monitoring the number is so important. When people have their personal information stolen, however, they may find that they suddenly receive multiple hard checks from companies they have never even applied to borrow from. If this or any other issue appears on your report, you can usually call the specific creditors with the issues and have them resolved so your credit score can be fixed as quickly as possible.
Determine Smaller, More Achievable Goals
While understanding exactly what goes into your credit report is an essential part of your finances, that is only part of the process. Your report serves as a base for you to build upon. By actively reviewing it, you will begin to notice what your current situation is like, find out exactly what changes will benefit your situation over time, and watch in real time as your credit report improves. Let’s say that, upon the first few glances of your report, for example, you notice that you have opened several new accounts within the past year and that you have a history of paying your bills late every month. You can make it a goal to seek out fewer lines of credit and to negotiate with your creditors to determine a payment due date that fits your paycheck schedule.
It is easy to say you want to increase your credit score, but the only way to do so is by making changes that count. Finding the little things within your report that are making a huge impact on your financial situation is always the way to go so that you can set up a future that works with you, not against you, and that you can continue to learn and grow from.
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