Free Annual Credit Report

Financial self-knowledge is POWER. So get your free annual credit report here.

Even though the report itself is free, getting your credit *score* will cost you, but it’s CHEAP — between $5.95 and $7.95. It’s more than worth it, because it’s your credit history (in that report) *and* that credit score that lenders, HR departments, and even utility companies look at. If you don’t know your credit history and your FICO/Vantage Score, then you are not in control of your financial power. *They* are. PERIOD.

I got mine from all three reporting agencies (TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax) this morning because I’m obsessive/compulsive that way. All three credit reports were free. I coughed up the three fees to see my credit scores, however — paid for with my Amex card so that I can get the Reward Points. 😀 You get your reports and scores instantly, online; I printed mine out for my records.

I have *a lot* of debt, mostly from two sources: a *gigantic* graduate school loan, which I consolidated into a low-APR thingie last year; and the mortgage. But both debts are considered “good” debt — the “bad” being consumer debt, like credit cards — and I have virtually no balances on my two cards. My credit score is way up there, thanks to Creative Debt Management. Theoretically, with my good credit, I can take my Amex card and buy a tiny island, if I wanted to.

But I ain’t gonna. I just don’t make that kind of money to ever pay back that kind of credit card bill! 🙂

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About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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4 Responses to Free Annual Credit Report

  1. David Simonds says:

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  2. lizardqueen says:

    Yup, an annual check-up is more than enough. I figure, what it being free annually (but you’d have to pay if more often than that), then the financial advisor professionals also see once-a-year max as well.

    I see it as the annual fiscal check-up. 🙂

  3. Zathras says:

    Be careful about checking it too much, however. Each time that it is checked is noted, and if it is checked a lot your credit score can go down. Once a year should not be a problem.

  4. JimDesu says:

    Yeah, the irony: extending credit guaranteed to ruin the borrower. I keep getting “convenience checks” in the mail from MBNA for an amount I’d only charge if I were planning ahead to flee the country.

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