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Gerri Detweiler

Director of Consumer Education, Credit.com |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Gerri Detweiler is Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education. She focuses on helping people understand their credit and debt, and writes about those issues, as well as financial legislation, budgeting, debt recovery and savings strategies. She is also the co-author of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights, and Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis as well as host of TalkCreditRadio.com.

How Much Does Your Insurance Company Know About You?

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How Much Does Your Insurance Company Know About You?

How Much Does Your Insurance Company Know About You?

If you’ve applied for homeowner or car insurance lately, you probably learned quite quickly that actually applying for insurance involves answering a lot of questions about yourself. But lest you are tempted to fudge facts and try to hide driving infractions or previous homeowner claims, you may want to be aware that your insurance company… Read More

America’s Biggest Financial Fears

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America’s Biggest Financial Fears

America’s Biggest Financial Fears

Bats and spiders may give us the willies, but do you know what kind of worries have staying power — and will last much longer than the hauls of candy little goblins and ghosts hope to bring home on Halloween? The boogeyman most of us fear is money, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index. And… Read More

5 Things Homebuyers Should Do Right Now

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5 Things Homebuyers Should Do Right Now

5 Things Homebuyers Should Do Right Now

Have you decided it’s time to buy a home? Before you start popping in at open houses, or searching for your dream home online, there are a few essential make it or break it tasks you’ll need to tackle. After all, if you fall in love with a home, you want to know whether it’s… Read More

3 Money Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Marriage

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3 Money Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Marriage

3 Money Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Marriage

As if discovering the love of your life is messier than you thought, doesn’t really love jazz or is chronically late weren’t enough, couples also have to find ways to deal with differing financial habits — from the merely annoying (sending dollar bills through the laundry) to the serious (hiding debt). The good news is more couples… Read More

5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

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5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

“I DON’T CARE what my ‘credit score’ is,” one of our readers wrote in a recent comment on the Credit.com blog. “I am debt free except for my house. I use credit cards for everything possible and pay them off in full every month.” Is good credit really that important? Some people obviously don’t think… Read More

How Fast Can You Get Out of Debt?

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How Fast Can You Get Out of Debt?

How Fast Can You Get Out of Debt?

You’ve decided enough is enough and you are going to get out of credit card debt. And you probably want to do it as fast as you can. So how long will it take? Don’t have a clue? That’s not surprising, considering you probably have several cards all with different interest rates and monthly payments…. Read More

Strange But True Stories of Debt Collection

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Strange But True Stories of Debt Collection

Strange But True Stories of Debt Collection

In 2005, our reader who goes by the screen name “frustrated in California” stopped paying on one of his credit cards. Now, nearly 10 years later, a collection agency is suing him and claims he made a payment of $200 in October 2010. He wrote: I know I did not make any payment, and under pressure, (the… Read More

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