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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.

The Major Mortgage Cost Most Homebuyers Overlook

Mortgages

The Major Mortgage Cost Most Homebuyers Overlook

The Major Mortgage Cost Most Homebuyers Overlook

When it comes to getting or refinancing a mortgage, little things can turn into big bucks quickly. For example, small differences in interest rates can mean thousands (even tens of thousands) of dollars in additional interest charges over the life of the loan. Or, a slight difference in rates among different loans can signal fees… Read More

What to Do If Your Car Loan Outlasts Your Car

Auto Loans

What to Do If Your Car Loan Outlasts Your Car

What to Do If Your Car Loan Outlasts Your Car

What happens if your car loan lasts longer than your car? While you may have every intention of driving a car long after it’s paid off, an accident (and inadequate insurance), expensive repairs, or mysterious problems your mechanic can’t fix could leave you with a vehicle that’s out of commission even though you’re still making payments. … Read More

3 Smart Money Moves for LGBT Couples

Personal Finance

3 Smart Money Moves for LGBT Couples

3 Smart Money Moves for LGBT Couples

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, same-sex couples, and modern families are receiving more acceptance and support than anytime previously, and that’s presenting more opportunities than ever to plan a financial future together, says Holly Hanson, CFP, founder of Harmony Financial Strategies. The bad news? They may be missing out on important benefits and… Read More

10 Graduation Gifts That Keep On Giving

Students

10 Graduation Gifts That Keep On Giving

10 Graduation Gifts That Keep On Giving

This time of year envelopes containing graduation invitations and announcements start showing up in mailboxes — but ideas for what constitutes a good gift may not be so plentiful. While every graduate — high school or college — would almost certainly welcome a gift of cash, the giver might prefer some assurance that the gift is being… Read More

Will Student Loan Forgiveness Hurt My Credit?

Students

Will Student Loan Forgiveness Hurt My Credit?

Will Student Loan Forgiveness Hurt My Credit?

Last month, we heard from a reader who has been approved for student loan forgiveness but fears accepting it would damage the good credit he has worked hard to attain. He had tried to get answers but felt frustrated that he couldn’t seem to find out exactly how student loan forgiveness would be reported to… Read More

7 Tips for Negotiating Medical Bills

Managing Debt

7 Tips for Negotiating Medical Bills

7 Tips for Negotiating Medical Bills

Can you imagine buying a car a piece at a time — and trying to figure out what the total cost is? One person sells you the tires, another a steering wheel — oh, and a specialist will give you a transmission. And you need an engine? The cost will depend on which network you’re… Read More

12 Tips to Stop Wasting Money on Food

Personal Finance

12 Tips to Stop Wasting Money on Food

12 Tips to Stop Wasting Money on Food

Many of us might as well be grinding up dollar bills in our garbage disposals or tossing change in the trash, considering all the money we waste by not eating all the food we buy. Food waste translates into an estimated $1,350 to $2,275 in annual losses for a family of four, says the National… Read More

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