Tips for Improving Your Credit Score

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February 2012

Whether you're just starting to build a credit history or you're working to improve your credit score, opening a savings account may help. That's because lenders see bank accounts as a sign of stability. Stability, in turn, helps them see you as a good credit risk, which helps make it easier for you to receive a credit card, apartment lease or auto loan — and the opportunity to improve your credit score.

In addition to opening a savings account, you can also improve your credit score by paying your bills on time and building a credit history filled with positive information. Some ways you can ensure your credit report helps lenders see you as a positive risk include:

  • Review your report and dispute inaccuracies. Consumers are entitled to receive a free credit report from each of the major credit reporting agencies once per year. Once you receive your report, review it for inaccurate information and make a formal request to have it expunged.
  • Ask for negative information to be removed. If your credit report contains negative data, you may ask that the information to be removed. If the credit bureau won't grant your request, you may ask them to place the word "disputed" along with a short explanation next to the objectionable content. This won't improve your credit score, but it may make some potential creditors feel more at ease.
  • Practice good habits. Consistently making on-time payments for your rent, auto loan, mortgage, electricity bills and other expenses, as well as paying more than the minimum on your monthly credit card bill will help show potential creditors that, even if you haven't had the best credit in the past, you've changed your ways.

Ally is here to help make managing your money easier, no matter where you are in your financial journey.