Credit Score Tips and Myths – Amberly Grant | MHFI 181

Doug and Amberly talk all about credit, from tips for higher credit scores to tackling common myths via a game of True/False.  Doug also discusses his own experience with foreclosure and how his credit was impacted.

  • Doug’s distrust of banks/large institutions.  Amberly’s view of the credit system as a necessary evil.
  • Explanation of credit scores & ranges.
  • Tips for a higher credit score:
    • Become an authorized user
    • Pay your bills on time
    • Dispute anything wrong on your credit report
    • Pay off collections
    • Use a secure credit card
    • Strategically paying credit cards
    • Ask for higher credit limits
    • Apply for new credit cards
    • Add to your credit mix
  • Doug’s foreclosure experience and impacts to his credit score.
  • Credit score game:
    • True or False.  When buying a house you cannot shop around for loans because each time you shop you get hit negatively on your credit score.
    • True or False.  You can’t improve your credit score if you have bad credit.
    • True or False.  Carrying a balance on your credit card will improve your credit score.
    • Should you close old credit cards to improve your credit score?
    • True or False.  Churning would lower your score to a level that negatively impacts it.
    • True or False.  0% credit cards are free interest for one whole year.
    • True or False.  If you miss a payment on your credit card they report it to the credit bureau right away.

Looking to boost your credit score?  If so, head on over to Buy Me A Coffee.  We doubt the official credit bureaus will even notice, but in our eyes you’ll have a perfect score!


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0:00 Introduction

7:50 Thoughts on credit

12:50 Credit scoring

20:10 Tips for a higher credit score

31:22 Foreclosure & credit impacts

41:24 Credit score game

53:53 Support the show?

59:40 Soundcheck – Sushi