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Has Credit Karma helped anyone improve their score?
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I started using CK in May 2012 when I filed for Chap 7 BK.

My CK score at the time was around 518.

My most recent scores:

CK 613 (I've had lots of inquiries over the past couple months)

TU 705 per credit union Feb 2014

TU FICO 657 per walmart card April 2014

EX 625 per cap 1 April 2014

Credit Karma has been great helping me track and improve my credit.

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Yes! My credit has not improved yet, but I have a much better understanding about how my score is calculated. Knowing what affects my credit score (such as percentage of exteneded credit in use) enables me to make more informed decitions about improving my score. I combine common sense and critical judgement of the advice for money management.

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Their foundation is solid, but the site needs to improve on projections - they currently have me at a 712 Credit Score.  Just refinanced and bank advise I have 791 score - excellent versus good credit. The best advice they give is to pay bills timely and try to keep your credit utilization ratio lower.  Keep it simple with finance - spend less than you make. 

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If you follow the advice they give and improve on the areas of your report card, sure.  Why wouldn't it?

They basically tell you where you as a consumer are lacking in your credit file and give you basic advice on ways to improve your score. 

If people can claim this site don't help them, then there just not applying the info they receive here.  You can lead a horse to water.. but you can't make him drink so..

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You realize those are simply ads, not advice. There advice is in the articles. The ads are what makes their service free.

Word to the wise to all on this site, Credit Karma is GREAT for advice, but any time you apply for something via an ad on here, you are probably going to regret it because you are likely permissing a hard inquiry on your credit. Don't apply for more credit cards if you have a substantial number of inquiries already. If you have a CRAZY APR... then maybe do it if it can save you substantial $$, but that does not mean your credit will be helped. If you are loking for Cost/Benefit anaylsis help in the whole credit balance transfer idea, I'd suggest you use the "Snowballing" calculator on whatsthecost.com

Credit Karma can't help you save so much as they can help you hone in on the weak areas of your credit score. When you "Update" your credit score report on Credit Karma, it is a soft inquiry and will not hurt you.

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Personally, I would use much caution before simply following the advice they offer in your personal credit section.

If I followed their advice, I would "save" money on my auto loan by paying less each month, but for 72 months rather than 36, at 6.6% instead of 5.6.  Hmmmmm

Next, I could also "save" by apping for a capital one card at 17.9% interest, instead of keepint the ones I have which are 9.9, 11.3 & 12.9.  That sounds like a hell of a deal!  (not)

If you follow the basic rules of keeping your credit card balances low, not applying for credit that you don't need, and keep an eye on your reports to be aware of any unknown charges on your cards & ID theft....then your reports will be looking great & in time, even any negative marks will age & fall off.

I get my credit information from a broad range of places.  Mostly from the myFICO forums, Suze Orman & Clark Howard.  Here...not so much.  CK even says my insurance score is just "medium".  I have full coverage w/geico...100/300k coverage, towing, loaner car, all the bells & whistles with a $250 deductible... $225 per 6/mo.   That sounds a lot better than MID to me!

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To spare you the details I've steadily used this site to improve my Credit score. I've noticed this site uses Transunion so I went and initially targetting my Transunion Credit report. I saw that there were some aged items and had them removed by disputing it. Additionally I've noticed one of my credit card companies is not reporting my main credit card which has a 20K limit, so my usage appears to be unusually high so I'm now in the process to dispute the credit limit on that card and hopefully that will significantly improve my score. According to the simulator it should increase it approx 20 pts. I will start looking over my other credit reports as well to ensure those items are reported correctly.

I don't necessarily agree with some of the advice, e.g. taking out a car loan when my current one is 0.9% to a 6.9% loan and something from 36 months to 72 months to reduce my monthly payment by $200. If I was in a desperate situation and strapped for cash I could understand how that would help someone have more cash, but obviously that doesn't necessarily affect my credit since I can make my current payments and have my car paid off quicker with less interest.

Beware of the credit cards offers. CK is free because it allows these banks & insurance companies to advertise their products to users. For many people each additional line of credit that you add reduces your score immediately and can drop you from the category of Excellent into Good or Bad.. so avoid that especially right before applying for a mortgage.  Keeping fewer longer lines of credit is beneficial because your average age of line will go up. Making payments on time is obviously the number 1 factor that reduces credit scores, so don't miss your payments. Set up autopays wherever possible to avoid missing payments.

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This site must have ads to turn a profit as they don't charge us anything for use of the site. That one ad tab on this whole website aside, this website is wonderful and has loads of really great info. Thank you CreditKarma! 

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I had checked my score earlier last year and it was around 600, and now, with the advice and help and planning of credit karma, my score is around 725. 725 is the average by the way. I just used the most basic advice that CK has. And I am 23 and corrected mine within a year. Anyone can do it. Its how you apply yourself and your goals. I am still not satisfied with 725 either, I want over 800. 

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I've gone from 600 to 780...im younger and don't have a huge credit history but I applied for my recommended cards and got em...just be smart with your credit! Remember, CREDIT CARDS AREn'T FREE MONEY!! it's the bank's money...not yours, and they charge tons to use it...just make sure you're getting the better end of the deal...if you're paying an annual fee then you'd better be making a killing in rewards!

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