Which Credit Score Is Ideal For You?

by : Brooke Hayles

A good credit score is crucial in today society. It is needed to get a credit card, a loan from a bank or even be the deciding factor if you can purchase a home.

A credit score is a basically a report that shows the payments you have made throughout your life. It shows if you have made your payments on time or if you are delinquent on any payments.

Consumers are dependant on their credit score to get a credit card. This can lead to the reduction in your credit score if you cannot pay the bill on time. Use your credit cards only when you have too, and make sure you pay the bill on time.

Have you ever wondered how companies get you credit report? It is not a big mystery. Any bill that you pay on a weekly or monthly basis is reported to on of three major credit reporting agency. Whether it is a store credit card or a bank loan, even your utility bills, it is reported to one of these companies.

From this information, your credit score is formulated. No one know exactly how it is formulated, it is one of the great mysteries of the world today.

What is known is that 35-40% of your payment history plays a big part of calculating your credit rating. When you do not make your make your payments, your account is then sent to one of these agencies. This is what lowers your score.

When you take out a loan, or use your credit card, making the payments on time gives you a positive credit score. A high score can assist you in many ways.

When your score is above 650, you are considered to have perfect credit. You are able to do just about anything, including taking out a loan with incredibly low rates.

With a score lower than 600, you are considered to have credit that is less than perfect credit. With scores in this range you may have a difficult time obtaining a loan, or a mortgage, and if you are approved, you will surely incur higher interest rates.

If your score is below 500, you are considered to have bad credit. It is recommended that you take steps to repair it before it is too late.

If your score is above 650, you should have no problem obtaining credit cards or any type of loan. This is considered to be favorable credit terms. Anything below 650 and you may have problems obtaining credit cards, loans or even a mortgage. If your score is below 500, it may be time to consider taking steps to improve your credit.

The first step is to get a copy of your credit report from all three major credit reporting agencies. Each agency has information from different companies. There is a fee for each report, however if you fill out an application for credit and are denied, you are entitled to a free credit report. You can contact these companies by mail, but it can take up to three months to receive your report.

You can also go online to get your report, however caution is recommended because you will need to release personal information such as your social security number.


A good credit score is a necessity in today's society. If you want to enjoy the finer things in life but not the hefty interest charges make sure your credit score is as high as possible.