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    How Do I Build Credit?

    A good credit score has a major impact on your finances, so it’s important to start out strong. In this Coach session, learn how to build a credit score for the first time or boost an already decent score, and create a plan with options that work for you.

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    Best Practices for Using a Credit Card

    By properly managing a credit card, you can earn rewards and build your credit score, all while making your regular purchases.

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    Credit Cards

    Shopping with a credit card is a snap, but shopping for the card that’s right for you is another matter. Ask yourself these questions: Do you pay your credit card bills in full and on time each month? If not, do you spread out repayment over a fairly long period of time? Do you shop primarily at one store, or at many locations? The answers can help you choose a card that will help you use credit at the lowest cost.

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    What makes up a Credit Score

    Your credit score, also called a FICO score, is an actual number, between 300 and 850. The higher the number, the better: a score of 740 to 799 is considered very good, though the average is closer to 700. FICO is an acronym for Fair Isaac & Co., the company that is responsible for tabulating your credit score.

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    Using Credit

    Loans and credit cards are the types of credit most people use most often. Loans, which let you borrow a lump sum of money, have a longer history. But credit cards, which give you revolving access to a fixed amount of money, called your credit limit, have become a way of life for a majority of people. Revolving access means that as soon as you repay an amount you've borrowed, you can use it again.

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