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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.

What Will a Bad Credit Score Cost You on a Home?

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What Will a Bad Credit Score Cost You on a Home?

What Will a Bad Credit Score Cost You on a Home?

You’ve heard mortgage professionals and personal finance experts practically harp on you to check your credit well in advance of getting a mortgage and you may or may not have taken their advice. But what if you knew that better credit could save you enough to pay for your kid’s college education — or even… Read More

How to Kick Your Kids Off the Payroll

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How to Kick Your Kids Off the Payroll

How to Kick Your Kids Off the Payroll

They’re becoming adults, they’re graduating or they’ve pointed out they are now 18 and can make their own decisions. And you silently wonder when they’ll start making their own money, too. How long do you support your children financially? For many baby boomers, the answer is unclear. Many report that they are still supporting grown… Read More

5 Ways Debt Is Holding You Back

Managing Debt

5 Ways Debt Is Holding You Back

5 Ways Debt Is Holding You Back

Getting out of debt isn’t just about the money you save. The perks of becoming debt-free can be far-reaching, and lead to greater rewards than you imagined. But the downsides can be an even better motivation to get debt-free. Here are some of the ways debt can hold you back. 1. It Keeps You From… Read More

Will Bankruptcy Wipe Out All of My Debt?

Managing Debt

Will Bankruptcy Wipe Out All of My Debt?

Will Bankruptcy Wipe Out All of My Debt?

A reader, Susan, wondered if revised laws mean that bankruptcy no longer wipes out debt, and instead requires that debts be repaid. She wrote: You have to reorganize and pay what you owe, not wipe them out. Am I correct? Just asking. Glad you asked — it can be confusing, because it depends on what… Read More

4 Ways Peeps Are Like Payday Loans

Managing Debt

4 Ways Peeps Are Like Payday Loans

4 Ways Peeps Are Like Payday Loans

You see them at every grocery or drugstore checkout line — brightly colored Peeps calling to you from the display. Does anybody ever go to the store with Peeps on the list? Certainly nowhere near as many people as those who come home having purchased them. They’re not unlike payday loans — stay with me… Read More

Are You Too Young to Build Credit?

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Are You Too Young to Build Credit?

Are You Too Young to Build Credit?

Should high school seniors get a credit card to build credit? For these young adults and their parents, the question isn’t academic. They face this question as soon as they turn 18. The benefits of building good credit are numerous; lower interest rates when you borrow and lower insurance premiums are just two of them…. Read More

The Secret to Getting Cheaper Insurance

Personal Finance

The Secret to Getting Cheaper Insurance

The Secret to Getting Cheaper Insurance

Have your auto or homeowner insurance rates been creeping up? If so, you may have been “POed” by your auto insurer. According to new information from the Consumer Federation of America, some insurance companies are secretly “price optimizing” customers; charging them a higher rate for no other reason than they think the customer won’t shop… Read More

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