Check your credit score before holiday shopping
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By Karen Jowers – Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Dec 5, 2012 10:49:57 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 pay off your credit card bill, and what kind of impact it could have on your finances.

In fact, here’s a new idea: Before you even set off on a shopping trip, be it online or to a department store, get the cold, hard facts about your finances.

Get a free copy of your FICO credit score before you shop, offered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Foundation to the first 5,000 Military Times readers (active-duty members and spouses only) who request it.

To get your free copy, go to the website through Dec. 17 and enter the code MT62BCTJ in the Financial Educator Code field.

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