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Why isn’t my credit score included in my free credit report?

Asked by Stephen on Facebook.

The three main credit agencies charge you a fee to provide you with your credit score. However, your score is based on the information in your credit report, so monitoring your credit report is important to make sure the information is correct.

If you decide to purchase your score, you should know that it might not be the same one lenders use to decide to give you credit.

Learn more about purchasing your credit score and why it’s not free.

name a local government office

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

There are many local government offices and the names depend on your city, county, and town. This directory can help you find local government offices in your state.


Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

Marriage laws vary from state to state and are not determined by the federal government.

The states and areas in the U.S. that perform marriages between same-sex couples are:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois (Champaign and Cook Counties only. Marriages becomes legal in the rest of the state on June 1, 2014.)
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington

If your state is not on this list, then a law would need to be passed to make same-sex marriage legal. You can contact your state legislators to make your opinions known.

Why is Christianity not the official state religion of the United States? It’s very sad!

Asked by Gabbi on Facebook.

The first amendment to the Constitution states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Read the full first amendment.

You can also read more about why America’s Founding Fathers created this amendment.

How many boxes of Thin Mints does a guy have to buy for it to be a charitable donation and tax deductible, @USAgov?

Asked by @tomisnoyce on Twitter.

If you buy Girl Scout cookies to take home and eat, they aren’t tax deductible. You can read why on the Girl Scout website (scroll down to “Is my purchase of Girl Scout Cookies tax-deductible?”).