If you’ve ever applied for a loan, credit card, or tried to rent, your credit score and history have most certainly been reviewed.
Whether you agree or disagree with the need for credit scores, they’re a financial measure of one’s ability to make payments. Scores are widely accepted today across all aspects of your financial life.
Of course, if you pay with cash, own your home, vow to stay out of debt, avoid car payments or other forms of debt, the need for a credit score diminishes.
In some cases, obtaining a home mortgage is even possible with manual underwriting, but that’s a topic for another article.
We often review the places where you can get your free credit scores as well as monitor them on an ongoing basis.
Why? Well, at the very least, as long as credit scores count in obtaining a mortgage or renting, you should probably pay attention.
And as a side note, we’d rather you not have a car note.
Here’s a list of several companies and links to each of our reviews to dive into more detail and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Free Credit Scores and Credit Monitoring
TransUnion provides you with your TransUnion credit score for free, plus your full credit report for $1. When you request your free credit score, TransUnion signs you up for a 7-day free trial membership of their credit monitoring service, which normally costs $19.95 per month. You may cancel your membership at no cost before the end of the 7-day free trial.
Experian offers you a free look at your FICO credit score, as well as your full credit report for just $1. Signing up for your credit score gives you a 7-day free trial membership in Experian CreditWorks, which monitors your credit and notifies you when there are key changes to your credit report. If you do not cancel before the end of the 7-day free trial, you will be billed $21.95 each month you continue your membership.
Credit Sesame provides you with a free TransUnion credit score and monitoring with a trial offer. You receive your free credit score each month and can monitor your credit report at no cost. You also get $50,000 in identity theft insurance, plus free fraud resolution assistance. Review
Credit Karma provides free credit scores (TransUnion and Equifax), reports and monitoring and educational resources. They also provide a credit report card to break down your score into various factors and give you a rating on each of them. Review
MyFico offers a 10-day free trial to receive your credit score and credit report from Equifax. They also provide a 10-day Score Watch free trial to keep track of your FICO credit score daily as well as show you what areas you need to improve. Review
CreditScoreQuick teams up with Identify Guard and provides a 14-day free trial of their credit monitoring service. You receive your 3 credit bureau scores and a 3 – in – 1 report. After the free trial, you’re charged a monthly fee. Review
CreditScoreDirect.com currently provides customers a look at their Experian score free for a free 7-day free trial. After the trial, you’re billed monthly for the service. A credit report can be purchased at an additional price. However, you get access to some information such as negative accounts, length of credit history, etc. Review
Credit Concierge is powered by CompareCards.com and provides your free credit score without using a credit card. You can review and maintain your credit report as well as receive personalized savings recommendations. Other fee-based solutions include credit repair and identity theft protection.
GoFreeCredit.com provides your credit scores from all three major credit reporting bureaus during a 7-day free trial. After the trial, you’re charged monthly for the service. Along with your scores, you receive credit monitoring and alerts. Review
Free Credit Score 360 provides credit scores from all 3 credit bureaus. You can sign up for a 14-day free trial. Features include daily credit monitoring and alerts, interactive tool and learning center and ScoreSense dispute center. A monthly service fee applies after the free trial is over.
CreditSoup offers you a free TransUnion credit score within 60 seconds, and it only costs $1 to view your entire credit report. CreditSoup also gives you offers for loans, credit cards, and debt consolidation, meaning you can see all of the best rates in a single place.
Articles about Credit Scores
Along with reviews of free credit scores and monitoring, PT Money serves as a resource to help you learn more about credit scores and the impacts on your finances. Here are a few articles to consider:
- What is a Really Good Credit Score?
- The Dangers of Being Careless with Your Credit Score
- Ways to Improve Your Credit Score
- The Dangers of Being Carless with Your Credit Score
- The Quest for the Perfect Credit Score
- AnnualCreditReport.com®: Still The Best Way to Check Your Credit Report
And to read more, just browse the credit scores and reports category.