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A low credit rating affects not only finances: what else is at risk

Almost true, having a low credit rating is bad. But you don't even suspect that a low credit rating can affect more than just your finances. It can dramatically change your lifestyle, even negatively impact your mental health. How a low credit rating corrects a person's life, said the publication CNBC.

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Credit Sesame's new poll of 5 US adults found that those with credit ratings ranging from 000 to 300 report that their poor credit history has impacted housing issues, careers, relationships, and even their ability to communicate. For example, about 549% of people with bad credit say that they cannot rent the apartment they want, 28% were deprived of access to mobile communications.

Almost 14% of respondents have a credit rating below 549 points. Approximately 17% are between 550 and 639, while 20% have a good score (640 to 719) and 41% have an excellent score (720 to 850).

According to a Credit Sesame survey, respondents with poor credit were generally girls and women without college degrees.

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“I have problems paying bills because my daily life is very expensive and I already work all the time,” said one respondent.

“Bad credit is expensive,” said Jay Moon, CEO of Credit Sesame's lending business. - Upgrading your credit score by just 35 points (from roughly 660 to 695) can save you $ 301 a year in interest payments.

But while a bad credit rating can increase costs in the form of higher interest rates and other fees, Moon says the true cost of a bad credit rating is "much higher than just direct financial costs."

There are also long-term implications: About 14% of respondents with low credit scores say they missed at least one job opportunity due to bad credit. And 10% believe their low credit score has led to romance problems.

About half of those with 300 to 549 points cannot buy a house or apply for a car loan. And 57% complain that they have to use cash or debit cards because they cannot get approval to use a credit card.

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The emotional and mental consequences of a bad credit history should not be overlooked. About 79% of those surveyed with a low credit rating note that the situation causes negative feelings, of which the most frequent are anxiety (49%), shame (46%) and anger (30%). More than half, 58%, believe that there are no fair lending options for them, and about 43% say that a low credit rating hurts them beyond measure.

This is in stark contrast to those with a good (640 to 719) or excellent (720+) rating: they feel pride, happiness, and well-being in reporting their ranking. In addition, 2 out of 3 respondents are confident that their scores reliably and accurately reflect their creditworthiness.

How to improve your credit situation

For those struggling with bad credit, Moon offers concrete steps to make a difference.

He recommends expanding your knowledge of how credit ratings work first. Services like Credit Sesame and Credit Karma, as well as many credit card companies, allow you to access and track your credit score for free, so you can see how spending habits can affect your account.

In addition to what you need to know about your personal bills and expenses, Moon advises paying attention to what's happening in the industry. For example, earlier this year, Congress and private lenders launched a series of abstinence and deferred payment programs to help those financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're in trouble right now, Moon recommends taking advantage of these programs and making sure that you can maintain a good credit rating.

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The expert also advises those with lower scores to pay attention to some upcoming innovations that could provide a much more complete picture of creditworthiness. For example, Experian Boost allows consumers to link their monthly utility and telecommunications bills to get credit.

A good way to improve your credit score, according to Moon, is to think of it as fundamental to your overall financial health and well-being. As is the case when you play sports and eat right. In his opinion, consumers should take appropriate measures to control their credit rating or even raise it.

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