Oprah’s Debt Diet Step 7: Prioritize Your Debts and Raise Your Credit Score (From oprah.com)

By now, hopefully you’ve found some money. So, the next logical question is where do you put it? Where do you put it so that it will make the most difference in your credit score, naturally, but also in your life?

You’ve already been given a plan for paying back your credit cards. Sometimes though, those cards should not be your top priority. Here’s why: You have two types of debts. Secured debts are those that have assets backing them up—they can be repossessed or taken back. They include your home and your cars. Unsecured debts are those with no assets backing them up. If you don’t make a payment on your credit card, the bank is not going to come and take back the blue jeans you bought at the mall. It might make your life miserable to have a collector call you at all hours, but the credit card company is not going to take away your place to sleep or your transportation to work.

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