While we really don't worry about our credit score, because we just don't borrow money, we know many people like to keep tabs on their score. About once ever couple of years we access our free credit report. One time we actually paid to see our score and found it interesting that our score was so high without having any credit cards.
When you get a free credit report, that's just what you get — a report. If you want to know your score it will cost you about $8 (it varies by state).
You can obtain a free copy of your credit report once a year. Be aware that there are counterfit web sites out there with similar names — they will charge you a fee. This is the only site that is completely free.
Go to www.AnnualCreditReport.com
You'll have your choice of which reporting agency to receive your report from: Equifax, Transunion and Experian.
or if you'd rather not input your personal data online:
Download the form at www.ftc.gov/credit
Mail it t:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.
If you have been turned down for credit or insurance you can request that the company who turned you down provide you with contact information to the credit reporting agency they used. You are entitled to a free credit report when you have been denied credit or insurance.