Credit 101

Credit.com is here to provide you with a practical, real-world credit education. We’ll teach you credit basics: what is a credit report & score, how to shop for credit & how to understand and compare APRs. We’ll also brief you on the type of credit products available and how to evaluate which one is right for you!


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Experian Credit Score vs. FICO Score

Experian Credit Score vs. FICO Score

Experian Credit Score vs. FICO Score

When you think “credit score,” you probably think “FICO.” The Fair Isaac Corporation introduced its FICO scoring system in 1989, and it has since become one of the best-known and most-used credit scoring models in the United States. But it isn’t the only model on the market. Another popular option is called VantageScore, the product... Read More

4 Practical Ways to Leave College Debt-Free

4 Practical Ways to Leave College Debt-Free

4 Practical Ways to Leave College Debt-Free

The following is a guest post by Lisa Bigelow, a content writer for Bold. When it comes to paying for college, the anxiety about how to leave college debt-free starts early. And for thousands of grads who are buckling under the weight of monthly student loan payments that can cost as much as a mortgage,... Read More

Landlords and Credit Checks: What You Should Know

Landlords and Credit Checks: What You Should Know

Landlords and Credit Checks: What You Should Know

Article Updated July 20, 2018 You’ve found the perfect place to rent, and now the property manager tells you all you need to do is fill out an application, so she can run a credit check—gulp. Whether you’ve got great credit, bad credit, or no credit, credit checks probably make you a little uneasy. What... Read More

5 Savvy Money Moves to Make This Year

5 Savvy Money Moves to Make This Year

5 Savvy Money Moves to Make This Year

The following is a guest post from The Savvy Couple. As much as we don’t like to admit it, money is a very important tool that can be used to better our lives. So why don’t we take better care of managing it? Luckily, there are some savvy money moves that you can make this... Read More

How Often Can You Check Your Credit Score, and How Do You Get It?

How Often Can You Check Your Credit Score, and How Do You Get It?

How Often Can You Check Your Credit Score, and How Do You Get It?

Do you keep a close eye on your personal finances? Or maybe you’ve never given them much thought. Either way, it’s time to start paying more attention to your credit score. Your credit score can control a lot—what loans you qualify for, the credit cards that are available to you, etc. To keep on top... Read More

What Is a Soft Credit Check?

What Is a Soft Credit Check?

What Is a Soft Credit Check?

Whenever you apply for anything—a loan, credit card, etc.—the lender will need to look into your credit report. Called a credit check, there are two kinds of credit checks—hard and soft. Each is used for different reasons and has a different impact on your credit score. Below, find out more about soft credit checks, when... Read More

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