6 Tips to Boost your Credit Score

  • by Rayna Karst
  • Jun 10, 2024, 14:00 PM

Your credit score can have a critical impact on your ability to secure financing for things like homes or vehicles. Follow these tips to build a healthy credit history!

  1. Verify that your credit report is correct. Your credit report illustrates your credit performance, and it needs to be accurate so that you can apply for loans. Everyone is entitled to receive a free copy of their credit report annually from each of the three credit reporting agencies, but you must go through the Federal Trade Commission’s website at, or call 1.877.322.8228.

  2. Set up automatic bill pay. The more you pay your bills on time, the better your credit score. Avoid missed payments by setting as many of your bills to automatic pay as possible.

  3. Keep balances low on credit cards and ‘revolving credit.’ Racking up big balances can hurt your scores, regardless of whether you pay your bills in full each month. You often can increase your scores by limiting your charges to 30 percent or less of a card's limit.

  4. Apply for and open new credit accounts only as needed. Keep this in mind the next time a retailer offers you 10 percent off if you open an account. However, if you need a new line of credit, don’t jump at the first appealing offer; compare rates and fees from different institutions.

  5. Don’t close old, paid off accounts. Closing accounts never helps your score - in fact, it can damage it.

  6. Talk to credit counselors if you’re in trouble. Using legitimate, non-profit credit counseling can help you manage your debt and won’t hurt your credit score. For more information on debt management, contact the National Foundation for Consumer Credit (