9. Monitor and Protect Your Credit
It's essential that you regularly monitor your credit reports to ensure there is no wrong information on them that might ding your credit score — and if there is, make sure you dispute any errors. Consider enrolling in a credit monitoring service that will alert you when anything changes on your credit report. You can also order free copies of your credit reports from AnnualCreditReport.com to make sure they contain completely accurate information.
In addition, you can sign up with an identity theft protection service, which will alert you anyone tries to make changes to your address, orders new services or applies for payday loans. Check out the Federal Trade Commission's advice regarding identity protection services to learn more.
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