3 Free Ways to Monitor Your Credit

| June 04, 2019
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There are almost too many options to choose from when it comes to monitoring and protecting your credit history. To simplify, I will discuss three common FREE options. Let’s be honest though – we all know nothing is really free. If it’s free, it almost always means they are collecting and using your data or trying to sell you something. But, it won’t put a dent in your monthly budget. I should also note that the Federal Trade Commission allows consumers to get a free copy of their credit report from the three agencies every 12 months. You can get those at annualcreditreport.com.

 

#1 - Credit Karma

  1. Access to free credit score
  2. Access to reports from TransUnion AND Equifax
  3. Recommendations to improve your credit score
  4. Updates weekly

#2 - Credit Sesame

  1. Access to free credit score
  2. Access to reports from TransUnion
  3. Recommendations to improve your credit score
  4. Snapshot of total debt
  5. Updates monthly

#3 – CreditWise (from Capital One)

  1. Access to free credit score
  2. Access to reports from TransUnion
  3. Recommendations to improve your credit score
  4. Updates Weekly

Verdict – I prefer Credit Karma for the ease of use and the fact that it pulls from multiple credit reporting agencies to get a more average number.

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