Credit score mistakes

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The List

Seven common mistakes people make that can harm their credit score, according to CNN Money:

1. Carrying big balances

2. Closing credit cards

3. Paying late

4. Defaulting

5. Opening too many credit lines

6. Not having a credit card

7. Co-signing

Number to Know

100: "The importance of paying bills on time cannot be understated," says Barrett Burns, president and CEO of VantageScore Solutions. A single missed payment can drop a person's credit score 80 to 100 points, he added.

— Brandpoint

Tech Talk

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— The Street