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My 3 Habits For A High Credit Score

There are three major habits that I practice to keep my credit score high, in the high 700’s to low 800’s, depending on which credit agency you check.

Check Credit History Regularly

The first habit is to regularly check my credit history to make sure nothing weird or incorrect is showing up, like a loan or a credit card that I don’t recognize. To check my credit score, I have a free account at Credit Karma, which I log into at least once a quarter. I recently took out a personal loan to cover the cost of a roof repair, so I checked my credit score when I applied for the loan to make sure the loan officer wouldn’t have a reason to decline my loan application.

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Frequent Credit Card Payments

My second habit is to make frequent payments on my credit card, usually every week or so. I time it around my weekly payday so that I know I have incoming cash. Paying frequently makes it easier on my cash flow, keeps the credit card balance from getting too high, and allows me to regularly monitor my expenses and determine if I’m spending too much money.

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Pay Off Debt Early

My third, and probably most effective, habit is to pay off loans early, which I do by using three specific methods.

Biweekly Payments

Firstly, I set up biweekly loan payments whenever possible so that I pay less in interest and pay an extra months payment.

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Over time, that extra payment every year adds up. There are two loans, the mortgage and my hubby’s student loan, that for some reason does not allow automatic biweekly payments. But my other loans, my personal loan for a roof repair and my auto loan that I just recently paid off had no problem with biweekly payments.

Payments Larger Than The Minimum Payment

Secondly, most of my loan payments are larger than the minimum payment. It’s easy to do when you make automatic biweekly payments. Just pick an amount higher than half the minimum payment that the bank should deduct out of your bank account every two weeks, and voila, you’re paying more than the minimum payment.

Large Final Payment

Lastly, I pay off the entire remaining loan balance when I reach a point in the loan where doing so won’t cause much disturbance in my cash flow. Most recently, I paid off the remaining $1800 on my auto loan a few weeks ago so that I wouldn’t have any payments during my upcoming maternity leave.

In addition to these three main habits, I’ve noticed that when I carry a credit card balance that is larger than normal for more than a month, my credit score tends to dip a little. It’s probably because my credit card utilization increases during that time, which can affect your credit score.

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