Credit 101

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

5 Possible Benefits of Changing Your Bills’ Due Dates

5 Possible Benefits of Changing Your Bills’ Due Dates

5 Possible Benefits of Changing Your Bills’ Due Dates

Paying bills is a tedious necessity, and for many, it’s also an ongoing source of stress. According to the 8th annual Billing Household Study from Fiserv, a financial services provider, 35% of consumers paid at least one bill late in the past 12 months, and 65% also paid a late fee. So, why are these people struggling to meet... Read More

Can I Fix My Credit in a Week?

Can I Fix My Credit in a Week?

Can I Fix My Credit in a Week?

If you’re getting ready to apply for a car loan, mortgage or credit card, you may have heard it’s a good idea to check your credit before doing so. But, waiting until the last minute to check your credit before applying may have you surprised — if you find you have low credit scores for... Read More

Are You Born With a Credit Score?

Are You Born With a Credit Score?

Are You Born With a Credit Score?

You may have heard that age impacts your credit, leading you to believe you’re born with a credit score. While it is true that age is a factor, it isn’t your age — it’s actually the age of your accounts that affects your credit scores. So, no, you aren’t born with credit scores (and may... Read More

Why Are Credit Reports So Hard to Understand?

Why Are Credit Reports So Hard to Understand?

Why Are Credit Reports So Hard to Understand?

Does trying to read your credit report feel like you are reading another language entirely? This is a perfectly normal reaction when reading one of your reports for the first time or if you are not in the habit of reviewing your credit reports regularly. “While your credit reports may be hard to read at... Read More

How Businesses Can Build Good Credit (& Why It’s Important)

How Businesses Can Build Good Credit (& Why It’s Important)

How Businesses Can Build Good Credit (& Why It’s Important)

Many people are unaware that their business has a credit score. If you own or plan to own a business, your business credit can be equally as important as your personal credit. Building a solid business credit history will allow you to secure loans and even be on a good standing with potential suppliers. Here... Read More

How Long Will It Take To Achieve Better Credit?

How Long Will It Take To Achieve Better Credit?

How Long Will It Take To Achieve Better Credit?

Lenders use your credit report and credit score to help them determine how much to lend you, and at what interest rate. That credit report is derived from your credit history — an algorithm of your past credit usage (including how much credit you have, how well you pay it off, and what mix of... Read More

It’s Divorce Season: Here’s How to Keep Good Credit While Splitting

It’s Divorce Season: Here’s How to Keep Good Credit While Splitting

It’s Divorce Season: Here’s How to Keep Good Credit While Splitting

No one ever said divorce would be easy, especially when it comes to your finances. But if you’re contemplating a break, hired an attorney or just got served papers, managing your credit should be of utmost importance to you. Your finances, like your personal situation, are going to change, and you’ll need to protect them to secure... Read More

The Important Financial Lesson You Won’t Learn in College

The Important Financial Lesson You Won’t Learn in College

The Important Financial Lesson You Won’t Learn in College

As a college student, it may not be important to know what a credit score is, right? Wrong. Even though you are likely new to the credit history world, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an idea on how it works. Here we’ll help you understand what credit scores are and why they’re important. What... Read More

Help! When Do I Get the Results of My Credit Card Dispute?

Help! When Do I Get the Results of My Credit Card Dispute?

Help! When Do I Get the Results of My Credit Card Dispute?

Errors on your credit report can be disconcerting. Not only could they be unduly weighing down your credit scores, they could be a sign of a deeper issue — identity theft. Given these and other potential pitfalls, it’s understandable that a person dealing with errors would want to see their credit report disputes addressed as quickly... Read More

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The Credit.com editorial team is committed to providing our readers and viewers with sound, well-reported and understandable information designed to inform and empower. We won’t tell you what to do. We will, however, do our best to explain the consequences of various actions, thereby arming you with the information you need to make decisions that are in your best interests. We also write about things relating to money and finance we think are interesting and want to share.

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Credit.com’s journalism is largely supported by an e-commerce business model. Rather than rely on revenue from display ad impressions, Credit.com maintains a financial marketplace separate from its editorial pages. When someone navigates to those pages, and applies for a credit card, for example, Credit.com will get paid what is essentially a finder’s fee if that person ends up getting the card. That doesn’t mean, however, that our editorial decisions are informed by the products available in our marketplace. The editorial team chooses what to write about and how to write about it independently of the decisions and priorities of the business side of the company. In fact, we maintain a strict and important firewall between the editorial and business departments. Our mission as journalists is to serve the reader, not the advertiser. In that sense, we are no different from any other news organization that is supported by ad revenue.

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Credit.com is owned by Progrexion Holdings Inc. which is the owner and administrator of a number of business related to credit and credit repair, including CreditRepair.com, and eFolks. In addition, Progrexion also provides services to Lexington Law Firm as a third party provider. Despite being owned by Progrexion, it is not the role of the Credit.com editorial team to advocate the use of the company’s other services. In articles, reporters may mention credit repair as an option, for example, but we’ll also be sure to note the various alternatives to that service. Furthermore, you may see ads for credit repair services on Credit.com, but the editorial team isn’t responsible for the creation or implementation of those ads, anymore than reporters for the New York Times or Washington Post are responsible for the ads on their sites.

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