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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.

A Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Tipping

Personal Finance

A Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Tipping

A Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Tipping

Holiday tipping can cause some anxiety among those of us who checked our lists carefully and made sure we’d covered all the bases. Except for when we check the mailbox and discover we have holiday greetings from the mail carrier, trash pickup service and maybe the volunteer fire department. You know they are hoping you’ll send something back, but… Read More

5 Things Good Credit Can Get You

Credit Score

5 Things Good Credit Can Get You

5 Things Good Credit Can Get You

Need a good reason to get serious about reviewing, maintaining or rebuilding your credit score? We can give you five of them. These are all important things a great credit score may get you: 1. Great Rates You don’t need someone to tell you that your credit score will be a key factor in determining… Read More

5 Ways Procrastination Costs You Money

Personal Finance

5 Ways Procrastination Costs You Money

5 Ways Procrastination Costs You Money

I recently switched my family’s cellphones from a major national carrier to a smaller provider to save money. Purchasing the phones upfront set me back several hundred dollars, and perhaps it was because I was feeling the pinch of that major purchase, or maybe it was sheer laziness, but I procrastinated on buying cases for them…. Read More

How to Negotiate a Car Lease

Auto Loans

How to Negotiate a Car Lease

How to Negotiate a Car Lease

Most of us look forward to negotiating the price of a car with the anticipation of, say, a root canal. We just want it to be over. On the other hand, we want to feel reasonably sure we didn’t pay more than we needed to. And for a lot of us, that’s harder to do when… Read More

7 Habits Leading You Into Debt

Managing Debt

7 Habits Leading You Into Debt

7 Habits Leading You Into Debt

Some habits make it a lot harder to save money — or to stop spending it. Because sometimes our routines lend themselves to parting with money without giving it a second thought. (I have heard that you can stop at Target for a single item, but it’s not something I’ve managed to accomplish.) In fact, there… Read More

Can You Get a Credit Card With No Salary?

Credit Cards

Can You Get a Credit Card With No Salary?

Can You Get a Credit Card With No Salary?

Molly wants a new credit card and has her sights set on one issued through a community bank. But there’s a problem: She doesn’t have an income, at least not in the traditional sense. “My income is almost all from investments,” she wrote in an email. “My business actually runs at a deficit, and gross… Read More

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