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Small credit score changes explained

Small credit score changes explained

Small credit score changes explained

Your credit score is a product of lots of different factors that change on a month to month basis. As a result, your score is almost certainly going to change a little bit each month. But small changes, typically less than 15 points in either direction, aren’t anything to pay too much attention to.

Your credit score is a product of lots of different factors that change on a month to month basis. As a result, your score is almost certainly going to change a little bit each month. But small changes, typically less than 15 points in either direction, aren’t anything to pay too much attention to.

Your credit score is a product of lots of different factors that change on a month to month basis. As a result, your score is almost certainly going to change a little bit each month. But small changes, typically less than 15 points in either direction, aren’t anything to pay too much attention to.

Apr 6, 2023

Sam Lipscomb

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There are a few reasons why your credit score might change slightly from month to month:

Credit utilization

Credit utilization is determined by measuring your overall credit limit against the amount on your bill at the end of the month. The bigger the balance, the higher your utilization. While utilization is an important factor, it fluctuates from month to month just based on your spending, so it isn’t going to have a long term effect

Tip - pay off your bills more than just once a month to keep your outstanding balance low. With Fizz, your balance is paid off every day.

Average age of accounts

With every passing month, the average age of your credit accounts changes. Even if you open new accounts, nothing can stop the passage of time. Don’t worry about changes that stem from the average age of your credit accounts. There’s not much you can do other than wait for time to pass.

Tip - while it’s true that you can’t speed up time, opening new credit accounts will lower the average age of your accounts and could lower your score. You don’t have to avoid new lines of credit, just be wary of their affect.

Hard inquiries

Typically when applying for new credit accounts, lenders will do a hard pull on your credit so that they can see your full credit profile. Hard pulls like this can hurt your score by a few points.

Tip - know that when you apply for a new line of credit, you’ll probably see changes to your score. At the same time, don’t worry too much. The effects of a hard pull don’t last more than a couple years.

Sam Lipscomb

Author bio

Sam is a Kenyon College alum and is head of content at Fizz. He's been a go to personal finance resource among his peers since getting his first credit card during his sophomore year of college. He hails from Washington, DC, loves all things aviation, and currently lives in Los Angeles.

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ShoulderTap Technologies Inc. d/b/a Fizz (“Fizz”) is not a bank. The Fizz Debit Mastercard® (“Fizz Cards”) are issued by Patriot Bank, N.A., Member FDIC pursuant to a license from Mastercard® and may be used everywhere Mastercard® debit cards are accepted. Any loans you may be offered in connection with your use of Fizz’s services are originated by Lead Bank, a Missouri state-chartered bank. Any promotions or rewards you may be offered in connection with your use of Fizz’s services are offered and managed by Fizz, not our bank partners.

Increases or specific changes to your credit score are not guaranteed. Impact on your credit score may vary depending on your use. Fizz is required to report late payments, which may negatively impact your credit score. Credit scores are independently determined by credit bureaus based on a number of factors, including your activity with other creditors. The Fizz Card and related services will not remove negative credit history from your credit report. Fizz, on behalf of Lead Bank, will report your activities to Experian®, and Transunion®.For additional information, terms and conditions applicable to your use of Fizz’s services, please consult Fizz’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, the ShoulderTap Technologies Inc. d/b/a Fizz Consumer Cardholder Agreement, any Line of Credit Agreement in effect between you and Lead Bank and any and all other applicable terms, policies and guidelines made available to you through the Fizz services.

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ShoulderTap Technologies Inc. d/b/a Fizz (“Fizz”) is not a bank. The Fizz Debit Mastercard® (“Fizz Cards”) are issued by Patriot Bank, N.A., Member FDIC pursuant to a license from Mastercard® and may be used everywhere Mastercard® debit cards are accepted. Any loans you may be offered in connection with your use of Fizz’s services are originated by Lead Bank, a Missouri state-chartered bank. Any promotions or rewards you may be offered in connection with your use of Fizz’s services are offered and managed by Fizz, not our bank partners.

Increases or specific changes to your credit score are not guaranteed. Impact on your credit score may vary depending on your use. Fizz is required to report late payments, which may negatively impact your credit score. Credit scores are independently determined by credit bureaus based on a number of factors, including your activity with other creditors. The Fizz Card and related services will not remove negative credit history from your credit report. Fizz, on behalf of Lead Bank, will report your activities to Experian®, and Transunion®.For additional information, terms and conditions applicable to your use of Fizz’s services, please consult Fizz’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, the ShoulderTap Technologies Inc. d/b/a Fizz Consumer Cardholder Agreement, any Line of Credit Agreement in effect between you and Lead Bank and any and all other applicable terms, policies and guidelines made available to you through the Fizz services.

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