As Valentine's Day approaches, I thought I'd give my readers' love lives a potential boost by talking about the best way to boost their credit scores. Because if there's one thing that can dampen the romance in a relationship, it's not being able to get that loan or that mortgage -- or even that perfect job -- due to lousy credit.
Paying monthly bills is a necessary chore that has a definite effect on your credit score. According to the FICO scoring model, your payments account for as much as 35 percent of your total score. Create reminders for due dates or establish a calendar for yourself to ensure you get everything paid on time.
She wrote a negative review online after an online retailer failed to send her the goods she'd ordered. Reasonable, right? Well, it turns out that when the purchase was made online, she had unknowingly agreed to an "anti-disparagement clause" and was then slapped with a $3,500 fine as a result of writing the negative review.