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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.

4 Ways You Can Wreck Somebody Else’s Credit

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4 Ways You Can Wreck Somebody Else’s Credit

4 Ways You Can Wreck Somebody Else’s Credit

Nothing can sour a relationship faster than abusing trust — and when it comes to credit, it can happen by accident. A friend does you a favor, and then what should have been your problem somehow becomes theirs. Damaging someone else’s credit is easier to do than you might think, and repairing trust can be… Read More

Are the Best Credit Cards Too Hard to Get?

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Are the Best Credit Cards Too Hard to Get?

Are the Best Credit Cards Too Hard to Get?

On a radio interview recently I was talking about some of the best credit cards from Credit.com’s Best Credit Cards in America series, including cards with great rewards programs, 0% balance transfers and loads of perks. The host agreed they sounded great, “But they’re only for people with perfect credit, right?” he asked. It’s a common perception… Read More

How to Get a Car Loan After Bankruptcy

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How to Get a Car Loan After Bankruptcy

How to Get a Car Loan After Bankruptcy

Buying a car can feel stressful enough, but when you have been through bankruptcy it may feel downright terrifying. No matter what the circumstances that led to your filing — large medical bills or a job loss, for example — you probably feel embarrassed and afraid that no one’s going to want to give you the time… Read More

Does My Teen Really Have to File Taxes?

Personal Finance

Does My Teen Really Have to File Taxes?

Does My Teen Really Have to File Taxes?

You know you have to file a tax return, but does your teen? The deadline is rapidly approaching, and he or she may — or may not — have received forms relating to income last year. Chances are, your teen does not have to file. John Scherer, a certified financial planner with Trinity Financial Planning in… Read More

The Most Important Dates on Your Credit Report

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The Most Important Dates on Your Credit Report

The Most Important Dates on Your Credit Report

If you’ve reviewed your credit reports recently you’ve no doubt seen many dates — many, many dates. Some are more important than others. And some are absolutely critical. A Credit.com reader asks: What’s the difference between Date Opened, Date Reported, Date of Last Payment, etc.? There are two reasons why dates on your credit reports… Read More

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