10 Ways to Boost Your All-Important Credit Score

Your credit score holds a lot of power. It affects your ability to get a car loan, rent an apartment, apply for a mortgage, and sometime, even your ability to get a job. And fundamentally, a lower score means that every time you need to borrow money, you'll pay more to do it. Over time, that really adds up.

Fortunately, a less-than-perfect credit score today doesn't doom you to a life of bad options and high interest payments. There are plenty of ways you can start now to improve your score and your overall financial success. Here are the 10 biggies:

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