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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.

Will Bad Credit Stop You From Getting Cable?

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Will Bad Credit Stop You From Getting Cable?

Will Bad Credit Stop You From Getting Cable?

You know that your credit will be checked if you apply for a loan. But did you know a credit review may also be required to get cable, Internet or television service? In fact, a credit check is routine when you apply for these services and it’s just another example of why it’s so important… Read More

3 Things You Must Do Before You Lease a Car

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3 Things You Must Do Before You Lease a Car

3 Things You Must Do Before You Lease a Car

I tend to drive my cars until they die, and a couple of years ago that’s exactly what happened. In need of a new car, but not sure what I wanted for the long-term, I considered leasing a vehicle. But if buying and financing a car seemed confusing, leasing seemed even more overwhelming. I ended… Read More

Can My Company Credit Card Hurt My Credit?

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Can My Company Credit Card Hurt My Credit?

Can My Company Credit Card Hurt My Credit?

There are lots of reasons people decide to incorporate a business, but the biggest comes down to personal protection. If the business is sued, for example, you’d want to be able to protect your home and your savings. Many people choose to incorporate their business for that very reason. A reader who incorporated wrote to… Read More

Will Paying an Old Debt Hurt My Credit Scores?

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Will Paying an Old Debt Hurt My Credit Scores?

Will Paying an Old Debt Hurt My Credit Scores?

Perhaps you want to qualify for a mortgage but there are unpaid collection accounts listed on your credit reports and your loan officer says they must be resolved before you can get the loan. Or maybe you’re tired of getting collection calls about a debt that keeps getting sold to various debt buyers. Or quite… Read More

Am I Too Old to Build Credit?

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Am I Too Old to Build Credit?

Am I Too Old to Build Credit?

Is it ever too late to build credit? For many older Americans, it’s not an issue because a lifetime of good financial habits have secured them strong credit scores. In fact, the Greatest Generation – those age 66 and older — tend to have the highest average credit scores, coming in at an average VantageScore of… Read More

How to Give Your Kid a Good Credit Score

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How to Give Your Kid a Good Credit Score

How to Give Your Kid a Good Credit Score

Someday, your kid’s credit score will be his or hers alone. But in the meantime, if you want to give her a running start, there are things you can do to make sure those all-important digits start high, so your kid will work to maintain the scores rather than to build credit from scratch, which… Read More

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