Check your credit score before holiday shopping
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By Karen Jowers – Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Dec 5, 2012 10:57:29 EST

’Tis the season when our hearts are warmed by that giving spirit, and we madly search for the perfect gift for second-cousin Clara. But before you pull out the plastic, think carefully about how long it will take you to . . .

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Don’t let your credit score put you on the naughty list this holiday season
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/PRNewswire/ — The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and™ wants to help shoppers stay off the financial “naughty” list — and avoid identity theft “grinches.”

“Understanding how shopping behavior can affect credit scores during the holiday season leads to better buying decisions,” said Ken Chaplin, senior vice president of marketing for “We offer a variety of articles and tools on that help educate people about credit information, which can help holiday shoppers stay on the financial ‘nice’ list this year.”

Here are a few guidelines to help consumers understand their score:

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Before putting more purchases on those cards, know what you owe!
A credit score is directly linked to the number of credit cards a consumer possesses and the balance on those cards. The percentage of credit used on the cards weighs heavily on an individual’s credit score. If most cards are close to being maxed out, the credit score may suffer significantly. Before heading to stores, shoppers should assess the available balance on all cards to avoid maxing any out during the holidays.

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