This is a free service provided to our members at no cost. Get your daily credit score, monthly credit report, and credit monitoring all at no cost to you!
Free, Ongoing Credit Score, Report and Monitoring
Today, life’s hustle-and-bustle doesn’t always leave us time to review day-to-day finances, let alone review long-term budgeting goals. What’s more, many of us overlook the importance of a credit score, protecting our identity, and actively pursuing ways to save money.
At Maine Savings, we understand you’re busy. That’s why we’ve partnered with SavvyMoney, our credit score and education partner, that provides you access to your credit score, full credit report, credit monitoring, and money-saving offers specifically from us, your trusted credit union. Did we mention this is all at no cost to you? This is another exclusive benefit of being a Maine Savings member.
• Gain credit confidence
• Check your credit score daily
• Find special offers to help you save money
• Dispute mistakes made on your credit report
• Get daily fraud monitoring notifications
What is SavvyMoney Credit Score?
SavvyMoney is a comprehensive Credit Score program offered by Maine Savings, that helps you stay on top of your credit. You get your latest credit score and report, an understanding of key factors that impact the score, and can see the most up to date offers that can help reduce your interest costs. With this program, you always know where you stand with your credit and how your financial institution can help save you money.
Credit Score also monitors your credit report daily and informs you by email if there are any big changes detected such as: a new account being opened, change in address or employment, a delinquency has been reported or an inquiry has been made. Monitoring helps you keep an eye out for identity theft.
What is SavvyMoney Credit Report?
SavvyMoney Credit Report provides you all the information you would find on your credit file including a list of open loans, accounts and credit inquiries. You will also be able to see details on your payment history, credit utilization and public records that show up on your account. Like Credit Score, when you check your credit report, there will be no impact to your score.
Is there a fee?
No. SavvyMoney is entirely free and no credit card information is required to register.
How often is my credit score updated?
As long as you are a regular online banking user, your credit score will be updated every month and displayed in your online banking screen. You can click “refresh score” as frequently as every day by navigating to the detailed SavvyMoney site from within online banking.
How does the SavvyMoney Credit Score differ from other credit scoring offerings?
SavvyMoney pulls your credit profile from TransUnion, one of the three major credit reporting bureaus, and uses VantageScore 3.0, a credit scoring model developed collaboratively by the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. This model seeks to make score information more uniform between the three bureaus to provide consumers a better picture of their credit health.
Why do credit scores differ?
There are three major credit-reporting bureaus—Equifax, Experian and Transunion—and two scoring models—FICO or VantageScore—that determine credit scores. Financial institutions choose which bureau and scoring model to use. Over 200 factors of a credit report may be taken into account when calculating a score and each model may weigh credit factors differently, so no scoring model is completely identical. No matter what credit bureau or credit scoring model is used, consumers do fall into specific credit ranges: Excellent 781–850, Good 661-780, Fair 601-660, Unfavorable 501-600, Bad Below 500.
Will Maine Savings use SavvyMoney Credit Score to make loan decisions?
No, Maine Savings uses its own lending criteria.
Will SavvyMoney share my credit score with Maine Savings?
No, your SavvyMoney Credit Score is a free service to help you understand your credit health, how you make improvements in your score and ways you can save money on your loans with Maine Savings.
How does SavvyMoney Credit Score keep my financial information secure?
SavvyMoney uses bank-level encryption and security measures to keep your data safe and secure. Your personal information is never shared with or sold to a third party.
If the financial institution doesn’t use SavvyMoney Credit Score to make loan decisions, why do we offer it?
SavvyMoney Credit Score can help you manage your credit so when it comes time to borrow for a big-ticket purchase—like buying a home, car or paying for college—you have a clear picture of your credit health and can qualify for the lowest possible interest rate. You’ll also see offers from Maine Savings that show how much money you can save when refinancing your non-Maine Savings loan with us.
What if the information provided by SavvyMoney Credit Score appears to be wrong or inaccurate?
The SavvyMoney Credit Score makes its best effort to show you the most relevant information from your credit report. If you think that some of the information is wrong or inaccurate, we encourage you to take advantage of obtaining free credit reports from www.annualcreditreport.com, and then pursuing with each bureau individually. Each bureau has its own process for correcting inaccurate information but every user can “File a Dispute” by clicking on the “Dispute” link within their SavvyMoney Credit Report. However, The Federal Trade Commission website offers step-by-step instructions on how to contact the bureaus and correct errors.
There is a section on the site that features both Maine Savings product offers and financial education articles. Why am I seeing this?
Based on your SavvyMoney Credit Score information, you may receive Maine Savings offers on products that may be of interest to you. In most cases, these offers may have lower interest rates than the products you already have. The educational articles, written by Jean Chatzky and the SavvyMoney team, are designed to provide helpful tips on how you can manage credit and debt wisely.
Will accessing SavvyMoney Credit Score ‘ping’ my credit and potentially lower my credit score?
No. Checking SavvyMoney Credit Score is a “soft inquiry”, which does not affect your credit score. Lenders use ‘hard inquiries’ to make decisions about your creditworthiness when you apply for loans.
Does SavvyMoney offer credit report monitoring as well?
Yes. SavvyMoney will monitor and send email alerts when there’s been a change to your credit profile.
How do Members change their email address or other personal information?
If you access SavvyMoney program through your online banking, you have to do nothing! Your email address will get updated automatically in SavvyMoney when you update it with Maine Savings. Please contact the Member Service Center for account changes.
Can Members use SavvyMoney on mobile devices?
No, Maine Savings is working hard to provide this service through our mobile platform. We plan to provide this service very soon.
Maine Savings uses the FICO scoring model.
Savvymoney uses the Vantage scoring model.