Why I’m Better Than 87% of You
Last night I got my credit score for the first time: 807.
That basically means I kick ass, but let’s have the chart do the talking:
According to this very official-looking chart, I’m 87% better than everyone else. It reflects that I have zero debt, pay my credit card in full every month, and in general am an all around rock star.
But what else goes into a credit score?
I don’t owe anything so I got that 30% aced.
Not sure how types of credit is scored, but I’ve had my current card for quite a while.
I haven’t taken out any new credit in a few years, so that’s A-OK.
What Does it All Mean?
It means I’ve been doing a good job of keeping my finances in order. The satisfying thing about knowing you have such a high score is that all the hard work, all the saving, the budgeting, the resisting of all the consumer temptations that are out there (most of them, anyway), and the obsessing about seemingly trivial things like joint bank accounts—it has all been worth it.
In exchange for resisting all the temptation and staying disciplined with our money (M’s came in at 795, which means she’s better than most you too), we now get a slight advantage in trying to get a mortgage.
Why? Because that one number tells lenders something VERY important: that I will most likely not default on my mortgage (knock on wood):
According to the chart, there is a 1% chance someone with my score will default. That means it’ll be easier for me to get a mortgage and I’ll get a more favorable rate, which means I get so save thousands of dollars over the life of my loan.
So when all you budgeters and savers go out into the world this Friday and see all those people shopping away—buying things they don’t need and can’t afford—try to find some solace in knowing that you’ll always be better than them.