Fall Is A Good Time For Consumers To Review Their Personal Finances
Sep 13, 2016 - 1:25:36 PM
Experts say one of the best ways to do this is to get your credit report. A recent survey showed that two in five consumers don't take advantage of getting their free annual credit report at annualcreditreport.com. "While 81 percent of consumers knew that they could obtain a free credit report every year, it's disappointing to see such a large number of people not taking advantage of this opportunity," said Stuart K. Pratt, president and CEO of the Consumer Data Industry Association. "It's always a good idea to stay updated on your personal finances and your credit report offers one of the best ways to do that, especially since studies show that many consumers underestimate the amount of outstanding credit card debt they have. The credit report puts it all in perspective."
The credit report will list your credit card and loan obligations. "Check the report and make sure everything is in order. If you see anything in error, contact the credit bureau. If you have any documentation or supporting information relative to the data in question, send that to the credit bureau as well. Most of these issues are resolved within 14 days," noted Pratt.
Staying on top of your personal finances at the end of the year helps ease the stress that can sometimes occur when bills start rolling in at the beginning of the next year. Be a savvy consumer; watch your spending and get your free annual credit report.
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