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How stay-at-home spouses can build credit

You share a lot with your spouse, but your credit score is not one of them. Even if you don’t earn an income and your spouse supports you financially, it’s important to establish your own credit score. Not only will your score come into play when you apply for a joint loan, but you may have to fall back on it if you ever become single again. You can build credit by using your spouse’s income on a credit card application or by becoming an authorized user on one of their cards and making on-time payments each month.

Spouses share a lot, but no matter what your relationship status is, your credit score is yours and yours alone. Even if you are 100% financially supported by your spouse or partner, establishing and building your own credit score is essential.

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