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Published January 03, 2013, 09:41 PM

A new craze of online dating based on credit score compatibility

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- For many, the new year brings new resolutions, and quite possibly the hope to find new love, or at least a few dates.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- For many, the new year brings new resolutions, and quite possibly the hope to find new love, or at least a few dates.

The post holiday season marks a high in people online looking for partners. New year, new you..and new love?

Sandy Kouba/Fargo: "I think everyone has a New Year's resolution, and maybe finding love in all the right places for the New Year is something that people do."

For many people, that right place, is a matchmaking website.

Kouba: "I used match. I tried it, nah, it didn't work"

Ian Carr/Woodbury, MN: "I kind of an old fashioned kind of guy."

Websites like match.com and eHarmomy see a membership spike following Christmas each year. Numbers jump again New Years then decline after Valentine's Day.

Michael Maas/Fargo: "A lot of people break up over the holidays. There's a lot of tension."

Some people go in with a whole list of factors such as education, ethnicity, or body type. But what about a good credit score?

Carr: "It's not like a first factor, but it is important, yeah."

Kouba: "If you fall in love with someone, you're not going to say, 'Oh wait a minute, what's your credit score?'"

There are now popular sites that do just that, datemycreditscore.com and creditscoredating.com

You put in your own credit score when you sign up, then can search for others based on theirs.

Carr: "That's a little weird. That wouldn't be the first idea of where I go to look for someone to date."

Kouba: "I just don't think that comes first, I mean, it takes tradition out of falling in love with someone."

But if you're looking for love long term, financial experts say it could be a make or break number.

Morgan Almer/The Village Financial Counselor: "The biggest thing to remember is you're only as strong as your weakest link. Two people apply for credit, they default to the lower person's credit, not the person with the higher credit."

The question is, do you make that number public, with the online dating world?

Financial advisers say red flag numbers are those below about 660, while a credit score of 800 or above is very respectable.

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