How to Build Credit at 18
December 6, 2021

You’re 18. You’re an adult. Woohoo! 🎉🎉🎉 You’re probably starting to think about buying a car, leasing an apartment, or taking out a loan for more of life’s expenses. A credit score is the starting point for all of these 🌟 Your credit score shows lenders how trustworthy you are to pay back what you’ve […]

How do I get a 700 credit score?
November 23, 2021

A 700 credit score is a game changer.  Lenders use your credit score as a measure of how trustworthy you are as a borrower. A 700 score — considered high by lenders — will get you approved for more loans and mortgages, and most likely with lower interest rates. There’s no magic formula to getting […]

Kikoff Credit Builder Review: Shuronda’s Credit Story
August 25, 2021

Shuronda is a 32 year old hotel manager living in Georgia. She loves being able to meet and help people from around the world through hospitality.  When she was younger, Shuronda racked up debt and late payments on her credit history. But since she had never worried about income, she never checked her credit score. […]

This is how much money you lose with an under 700 credit score.
June 24, 2021

Credit is everywhere: interest, mortgage rates, security deposits, loan payments, leases. The first step to a good credit score? Seeing just how expensive bad credit is. Car Loan Auto loans vary dramatically with your credit score – from 4% to as high as 20%. Credit Cards Good credit qualifies you for cards with the best […]

When will Kikoff’s credit builder account show up on my report?
May 28, 2021

Kikoff works fast. Just how fast? Well, we report your account to the credit bureaus within 30 days. In this post, we explain our monthly reporting schedule – and then walk through a helpful example.

Kikoff Credit Builder Review: Alexus’ Credit Story
April 14, 2021

Alexus wanted better credit to apply for loans and grow her business. During the year since joining Kikoff, Alexus’ credit score jumped from the low 600s up to 720. She dramatically increased her credit limit, and cut her APR in half.

Kikoff Credit Builder Review: John’s Credit Story
April 8, 2021

“When you take control of your credit, you can take control of your life.” John is 33 years old and works in operations at Microsoft. He lives in Atlanta, and is planning on applying for mortgage loans this summer. When John realized that a good credit score could save him money, he got his first […]

Kikoff Credit Builder Review: Illianna’s Credit Story
April 8, 2021

When Illianna was 18, she got her first credit card and ended up racking up debt and missed payments. She joined Kikoff last June to repair her credit. After less than a year, Illianna’s score has jumped up almost 200 points–up to 620.

Kikoff Credit Account: Everything you need to know about this credit builder
February 5, 2021

We help you with three crucial factors that determine your credit: payment history, credit utilization, and average account age.

The best money lesson I ever learned: the power of compound interest
January 27, 2021

The best money lesson I have ever learned is the power of compound interest. Most of the world underestimates the power of compound interest and usually don’t understand it. In simple terms, your money grows exponentially instead of linearly.

I have, like, no money. How do I save?
January 25, 2021

If you’re thinking seriously about your financial future, you’re already miles ahead of the crowd. Still, it can be tricky to know how to get started. One thing you can do immediately is to get smarter about saving your nickels. Here are four quick ways to start saving more money.

I’m jealous of friends who have more money than me. Am I a bad person?
January 19, 2021

May I start by saying welcome to the club? No, you are not a bad person. We all do the comparison act, especially when it comes to friends and their money.

What’s a New Years Money Resolution that Won’t Fail?
January 14, 2021

At the beginning of the year, everyone was eager to make a list of new year’s resolutions. We believe that we’re gonna follow through with them and change our entire lifestyle, right? Well usually that isn’t the case. In fact, around 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. You must be thinking, what do I do now?

4 (Easy) Habits of Wealthy People
January 9, 2021

So you want to be rich (or, like, pay your bills, have some fun, and start saving) — but aren’t sure how to get there. Here’s a secret: build smart, simple habits.

Are You Credit Invisible?
September 2, 2020

What does it even mean to be “Credit Invisible”? 26 million consumers in the U.S. have no credit history. Being credit invisible means that you have no credit history with one of the 3 nationwide credit reporting companies: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. In the U.S., 26 million consumers fall into the “credit invisible” category. Is […]

How Can Debt Be Good?
August 25, 2020

Does “Good Debt” even exist? Debt that occurs from careless spending can do nothing but harm you, but justifiable loans can enhance your quality of life. The words ‘good’ and ‘debt’ don’t seem like they would belong together. However, big purchases such as buying a car or a home are not often done without taking […]

Why is My Credit Score Important?
August 18, 2020

Need a refersher on credit scores? Check out our previous post: “What is a credit score?” Credit scores can be confusing to understand and difficult to optimize: mixing account types, balancing credit utilization, improving payment history, and understanding technical terms. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Instead, it can be helpful to start by understanding why […]

What Credit Score Do I Need to Rent an Apartment?
August 13, 2020

So you’re ready to rent an apartment – but maybe you’re worried about landlords checking your credit. What credit score do they require, and will you pass? Landlords take a big risk when they rent an apartment. They want to know their tenant is financially responsible and more likely to pay rent than default on […]

Credit Score: The Basics
August 3, 2020

Your credit score may vary based on who provides the score, the data on which it’s based on, and how it is calculated. Knowing your score and what affects it can greatly prepare you for building your credit score.