Credit Scores & Credit Monitoring What To Expect From Credit.com By Justin Pritchard Updated on September 23, 2022 Reviewed by Khadija Khartit Reviewed by Khadija Khartit Twitter Website Khadija Khartit is a strategy, investment, and funding expert, and an educator of fintech and strategic finance in top universities. She has been an investor, entrepreneur, and advisor for more than 25 years. She is a FINRA Series 7, 63, and 66 license holder. learn about our financial review board In This Article View All In This Article Credit Report Card Advice and Articles Credit Repair Similar Offerings From Competitors Government-Mandated Free Credit Reports Tips for Building Credit Photo: Petar Chernaev / Getty Images Credit.com provides information about your credit, including free Experian credit scores, a credit report card, and articles about personal finance in general. If you need to learn about your credit and how to improve it, the site can be helpful. Credit.com also earns money by selling additional products and services. For example, you can buy other credit scores (besides your Experian score) and other credit information. Credit.com also partners with advertisers and affiliates that pay Credit.com for referrals. Those additional products and services include things like credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. Credit Report Card Two main features of the site are the free credit score and a Credit.com report card, neither of which requires the use of a credit card to obtain. Credit.com updates both the Experian score and the report card every 14 days, and the report card can inform you about things in your credit reports that might be dragging down your credit scores. For example, if you have high loan balances relative to your credit limits, your scores will suffer, and the report card should highlight that red flag. Advice and Articles Credit.com also provides education in the form of articles about personal finance. You can learn how your credit works, how to improve it, and which products to use as you borrow. Note You can submit your credit-related questions to Credit.com, and they may answer your questions in future articles. Credit Repair One of the services highlighted on Credit.com is information about credit repair and similar services provided by Lexington Law. This is, of course, an advertisement and an example of one of the ways Credit.com makes money despite offering free scores and advice. The most important thing to understand about credit scores is that there are no quick fixes. The services offered by Lexington Law center mostly around helping clients fix errors on their credit reports and on providing advice and strategies for improving credit. If you find errors on your credit report, a service like the one offered by Lexington Law may be worth considering if you don’t want to tackle those tasks on your own. Similar Offerings From Competitors In the current environment, Credit.com’s offering is not particularly unique. It's become increasingly common for banks, credit unions, and credit card issuers to provide customers with free credit scores and detailed information about their credit. If you aren't already receiving these services, it's worth inquiring with your bank, credit union, or credit card issuer to find out what's available. If they don't offer anything, it might be worth shopping around. Note You don’t necessarily need to be a paying customer to get free information. We have highlighted some of the best places to get free credit information, including credit scores and reports. Additionally, online services like Mint.com, CreditKarma.com, and others offer services similar to Credit.com. You can obtain free credit scores from these services in addition to gaining insight into your credit through their automated tools. Even if you’ve already used one of these services, it may be worth trying others because each one provides information from different credit reporting agencies, and they might present the information differently. Government-Mandated Free Credit Reports All U.S. consumers are entitled to get a free credit report once per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). When you get your credit reports, these free reports do not include scores, but if you subscribe to Credit.com and other sites, you should be getting those scores for free already. Note You can get one free credit report per week from Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian through December 2023 at AnnualCreditReport.com. To keep tabs on your credit over time, it's a good strategy to order a different report every four months instead of getting all three at once. Each agency may have slightly different information, but if there is a major issue with your credit, it's unlikely to slip past one of the agencies. Tips for Building Credit If you need to improve your credit, get familiar with some of the basics of how lenders view your borrowing history. For example, you might focus on the following: Stay Current Paying bills on time is one of the most factors in your credit score. Keep up with payments, and contact lenders if you’re falling behind. Don’t use Everything You Can Don’t max out your cards. Doing so may signal that you’re in financial trouble, and lenders may become hesitant to lend to you. Build Slowly Credit scoring models reward seasoned borrowers. The more experience you have with credit (borrowing and repaying successfully), the better your credit will be. Limit New Applications When you apply for loans, that action creates an “inquiry” that can count against you. Shop around when you need to, but don’t overdo it. Mix it Up Using a variety of different credit types may help improve your credit. For example, if you exclusively use credit cards, you might not fare as well as somebody who also has an auto loan, personal loan, or home loan. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Credit.com. "Credit.com," Accessed Nov. 11, 2019. Credit.com. "Your Free Credit Check," Accessed Nov. 11, 2019. Federal Trade Commission. "Get My Free Credit Report," Accessed Nov. 11, 2019. PR Newswire. 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