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Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future (4th Edition) (Liz Pulliam Weston) Paperback – November 28, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Liz Pulliam Weston
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 4 edition (November 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132823497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132823494
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “Recommended reading!”
-- Wall Street Journal Online

“A great credit score can help you finish rich! Liz Weston gives solid, easy-to-understand advice about how to improve your credit fast. Read this book and prosper.”
--David Bach, bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner

“Excellent book! Insightful, well written, and surprisingly interesting. Liz Weston has done an outstanding job demystifying an often intimidating and frustrating topic for the benefit of all consumers.”
--Eric Tyson, syndicated columnist and bestselling author of Personal Finance for Dummies

“No one makes complex financial information easy to understand like Liz Weston. Her straight-talk and wise advice are invaluable to anyone with a credit card or checkbook--and that’s just about all of us.”
--Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich

“In a country where consumers increasingly pay more when they have bad credit, Liz Weston’s book provides excellent tips and advice on ways to improve your credit history and raise your credit score. If you just apply one or two of her insightful suggestions, you’ll save many times the cost of this book.”
--Ilyce R. Glink, financial reporter, talk show host, and bestselling author of 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask

“Your credit score can save you money or cost you money--sometimes a lot of money. Yet, most people don’t even know their scores, much less know how to make them better. Liz Weston can help you fix that. In this easy-to-understand guide, you’ll learn how to make sure your score helps you get the best deal on loans and insurance. You can’t afford not to read it.”
--Gerri Detweiler, consumer advocate and founder of UltimateCredit.com

America’s Most Trusted Guide to Improving Your Credit Score...
Now Completely Updated!


•  Boosting your score: what works now, what doesn’t--and what you should never do!

•  Detailed new charts: How short sales, foreclosures, and missed payments impact your score

•  Must-have information about credit score abuse--and how to fight back

•  By award-winning MSN Money/AARP financial columnist and public radio contributor Liz Weston

Your credit score is more important than ever: not just for getting loans, but for getting jobs, insurance, rentals, and fair rates on all financial services. Now, more than ever, you need America’s #1 guide to credit scores: Your Credit Score, by MSN and AARP columnist Liz Weston.

Accurate, expert, and proven, this book tells you the truth--and it’s already helped many thousands of people take control of their credit scores. Now, it’s completely revamped for today’s massive changes--from FICO 8 to “FAKO,” short sales to employer abuse of credit scores.

Whatever your score, you need this information--to defend yourself, and to get the credit, rates, work, and home you deserve!

About the Author

Liz Weston is a personal finance columnist whose twice-weekly columns for MSN Money reach more than 10 million people each month. She writes a money column, “My Two Cents,” for AARP the Magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the world with 22 million subscribers, and authors the question-and-answer column “Money Talk,” which appears in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers throughout the country.


Liz is a regular commentator on American Public Media’s Marketplace Money and has contributed to NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “All Things Considered.” She has appeared on Dr. Phil, Today Show, and NBC Nightly News, and was for several years a weekly commentator on CNBC’s Power Lunch.

Her advice on credit and finance has been featured in Consumer Reports, Marie Claire, Parents, Real Simple, Woman’s World, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, and many other publications.

Formerly a personal finance writer for the Los Angeles Times, Weston has won numerous reporting awards, including the 2010 Betty Furness Consumer Media Award by the Consumer Federation of America, designed to honor individuals who have made “exceptional progress in American consumerism.”

Her other books include The 10 Commandments of Money, which the New York Times praised as “a wonderful basic personal finance book…[with] enough counterintuitive ideas to keep even people who know a bit about personal finance reading further.” She is also the author of Deal with Your Debt and Easy Money, both published by Pearson.

Weston is a graduate of the certified financial planner training program at University of California, Irvine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She can be reached via the “Contact Liz” form on her Web site, AskLizWeston.com.




More About the Author

Liz Pulliam Weston is the most-read personal finance columnist on the Internet, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. She's also an award-winning, nationally-syndicated personal finance columnist who can make the most complex money topics understandable to the average reader.

Her first book, "Your Credit Score," is the best-selling book on credit scoring and was recently published in a fourth edition. Her other recent books include "The 10 Commandments of Money" and the ebook "There Are No Dumb Questions About Money."

Liz's columns run twice a week on MSN Money, which reaches more than 12 million readers each month. Millions more read her question-and-answer column 'Money Talk,' which appears in newspapers throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Portland Oregonian, Stars & Stripes and others.

Liz has appeared on "The Dr. Phil Show," "The Today Show" and "CBS Evening News with Brian Williams" and is frequently featured on American Public Media's "Marketplace Money" and NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' and "All Things Considered." She was for several years a weekly commentator on CNBC's "Power Lunch."

Weston is a graduate of the certified financial planner training program at University of California, Irvine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She can be reached via her Web site, AskLizWeston.com.

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The book is well written and informative.
Lauri Crumley Coates
Liz Weston does an excellent job of opening the black box of credit score calculations and how to improve your credit score when necessary and reestablish credit.
Gaetan Lion
Some books provide a formulaic agenda of one-size-fits-all steps to take to improve or establish good credit.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dad5 VINE VOICE on November 17, 2011
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Your Credit Score by Liz Weston provides sound financial advice in an accessible, readable presentation; with the first half of the book dedicated to a discussion of how credit scores are compiled and how to manage your credit scores. The second half of the book has a less general application, but is must reading for those with credit issues, particularly those seeking to rebuild a damaged credit history. The potential impact of credit scores on insurance premiums and the job search may also come as a surprise to readers.

I would suggest, however, that if the reader's primary interest is the FICO score, they should first check out Understanding Your FICO Score, a 20-page booklet available free on the myfico.com website. This covers much of the material in Chapters 1 and 2 of Your Credit Score. If you want to learn more, I would then turn to Weston's book.

Readers who paid for a credit score online, expecting a FICO score, but receiving a VantageScore instead, will be particularly interested in Weston's Chapter 3. While the three major credit bureaus promote VantageScore as a superior alternative to FICO, Weston provides some valuable insights on the VantageScore vis-a-vis FICO; Weston also indicates free sources for VantageScore, saving the reader a typical $7.95 (or more) that many pay for this score.

So, my only caution to readers is that about one-half of the book has general applications for all readers and the other half is primarily relevant to those in financial distress. If you are not facing credit issues, you may wish to closely examine the Table of Contents to determine if Your Credit Score is right for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelly L. Dear on May 5, 2012
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I was hoping to get a little more detail about the actual steps to take to improve a credit score. The book does a good job of explaining how a credit score is calculated and how the credit agencies work, but that information didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. The title was misleading in my opinion because it didn't give any new information that might be helpful to someone who needed to work on improving their credit score. There was more information included about other ways your credit history might be used, but that wasn't information about improving your score.

Some people may have enjoyed reading all the history of the credit industry, but for me it was boring and not helpful. I was disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KDub VINE VOICE on December 21, 2011
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This book gives a great foundation about what credit is. Goes in depth about how credit scores are calculated and how they are affected. Because of this I think this would be great for teens, or college students.
The ways to improve your credit score are nothing new if you are fairly knowledgable about credit. It reinterates many of the basic tips that most are familiar with like ensuring there are no errors on your credit report and paying your bills on time.
I think this book would provide any person with some knowledge about credit and help those who have serious credit problems with a way to organize their clean-up game plan.
Worth reading for all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AV on March 23, 2012
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At the risk of sounding like someone paid me to write this.....I mean it when I say you need to buy this book, no matter what your current score. As it details how your credit score is derived and how to improve it. In addition the books is filled with real-life questions and myth busters. For example, paying your CC balance off every month does nothing for your credit score, or that your car insurance premium can and probably is based in part on your credit score. If you put even a fraction of the tips and tricks offered in this book into action you going to do yourself some big favors. If anything you will be more mindful of how you utilize your CC's and how your credit score effects your future. Additionally, the book mentions several organizations that can help with the various aspects covered in the book.

This book left me feeling educated and empowered. In fact it's more than a book, but a manual on how to work this whole credit scoring system and personal finances in general to my maximum advantage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie B. Lull on February 9, 2013
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I have been having credit problems and I picked up this volume in the new books section of the library. It is a real eye-opener. I did not know all this stuff about credit and how much it impacts ones life. This information about credit and finances should be taught to the children in school so they will know how to manage their financial lives.

The book covers ones FICO score, how it is calculated, what it means and how to improve it. The author explains why it is important and how it all works. She also includes information on how to repair your credit score if it is low. There is a section on credit-scoring myths and how to cope with a credit crisis. She talks about how to protect yourself from identity theft and has a chapter on fixing your credit score fast.

I learned several new things that surprised me, like the use of credit scores in getting insurance, and the fact that if you apply for a job your potential employer can look up your credit score. Scary! If your score is low, you may need that job to help repair it and get it up!I found this to be a good book. It is written in easy-to-read language and is easy to understand. -- Author, Valerie Lull, Ten Healthy Teas
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