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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 This 28-Year-Old Paid Off $81K in Debt

Managing Debt

How This 28-Year-Old Paid Off $81K in Debt

How This 28-Year-Old Paid Off $81K in Debt

As a kid, Austin Netzley remembered being enthralled with the concept of money and promising himself that one day he’d be wealthy. And now, at 28, by most people’s measure, he is. He’s been an athlete, student, engineer and entrepreneur. And now, with his book “Make Money, Live Weathy,” he’s also an author and speaker…. Read More

Are You Afraid to Apply for Credit?

Credit 101

Are You Afraid to Apply for Credit?

Are You Afraid to Apply for Credit?

About 1 in 5 (19%) people haven’t applied for credit because they were afraid of being turned down, according to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances. Even more surprising: That number is larger than the group who said they were turned down for credit when they applied (16.4%)! Those two numbers likely indicate consumers… Read More

Are You Paying Your Nanny Illegally?

Personal Finance

Are You Paying Your Nanny Illegally?

Are You Paying Your Nanny Illegally?

If you employ a nanny, chances are good that you’re paying him or her under the table. Kerri Swope, senior director of Care.com HomePay estimates that just 20% of nannies are paid the way the U.S. government requires. Other sources put the estimate even lower. The chances of getting caught are slim — it usually… Read More

How I Missed Out on a Free Year of College

Students

How I Missed Out on a Free Year of College

How I Missed Out on a Free Year of College

A couple of points on the math portion of the SAT tests cost Eva Baker a year of free college tuition. Baker was planning on getting a year of college classes under her belt during her senior year of high school through Florida’s dual enrollment program. Dual enrollment allows high school students to take courses… Read More

Can a Co-Signer Lower Your Car Payments?

Auto Loans

Can a Co-Signer Lower Your Car Payments?

Can a Co-Signer Lower Your Car Payments?

Imagine you’re out car shopping and you finally find what you think is a reasonably priced set of wheels … and then when the dealer pulls your credit, the monthly payment that seemed so affordable is no longer available to you. You might be offered a subprime car loan at 10% or even 20% interest,… Read More

Can a Debt Collector Fax My Employer?

Managing Debt

Can a Debt Collector Fax My Employer?

Can a Debt Collector Fax My Employer?

A reader, Joanne, wrote to us concerned because a debt collector had sent a fax to her employer, and right at the top of the fax was her Social Security number, available to anyone who happened to grab it from the fax machine. Here’s what she asked: Can the debt collection agency send a fax to… Read More

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