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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.

Are Credit Scores Just a Scam?

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Are Credit Scores Just a Scam?

Are Credit Scores Just a Scam?

It sounds like something straight out of the conspiracy theorist’s playbook: a secret system that enslaves average citizens who don’t even know what’s really happening. There are some consumers who believe that’s exactly what credit scores are designed to do: keep consumers enslaved in debt. It’s easy to understand why some people feel this way. Our… Read More

Can You Buy a Good Credit Score?

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Can You Buy a Good Credit Score?

Can You Buy a Good Credit Score?

There are some problems money can solve. Plastic surgery may erase some of the damage done by years of bad habits, for example. Hiring a personal trainer to help whip you into shape can be easier than trying to do it yourself. And if you are sick of the problems your car has been giving… Read More

Who Will Inherit Your Debt When You Die?

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Who Will Inherit Your Debt When You Die?

Who Will Inherit Your Debt When You Die?

Most of us would love to be able to leave a nice inheritance to our spouse, kids, grandkids or other loved ones. However, many baby boomers who have seen their net worth dip below zero in recent years will instead leave a very different kind of legacy: debt. Who will inherit your debt if you… Read More

3 Smart Ways to Use a Personal Loan

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3 Smart Ways to Use a Personal Loan

3 Smart Ways to Use a Personal Loan

All things being equal, most of us would prefer not to carry debt. But there are times when it may be unavoidable. When that happens, you want to make sure you try to pick the best way to borrow. Sometimes that may be a low rate credit card, but at other times a personal loan… Read More

How I Got Lenders to Compete for My Business

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How I Got Lenders to Compete for My Business

How I Got Lenders to Compete for My Business

Nurse-practitioner Marian Kahn thought she had a pretty good idea of what she was getting into when she opened her own business, a wellness and weight-loss clinic in Michigan. A longtime bone marrow transplant nurse, she had taken a less-stressful job at a weight-loss clinic when her mother-in-law moved into her home in Atlanta. Though she had taken the… Read More

Do You Need Student Loan Insurance?

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Do You Need Student Loan Insurance?

Do You Need Student Loan Insurance?

Imagine you’ve worked hard for years to get an undergraduate degree, and then worked your way through medical school, law school or another professional degree. But just as you start to launch your career, you’re sideswiped by an accident or serious illness that leaves you disabled and unable to work. Not only do you need… Read More

Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

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Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

If you live in a community within a homeowners’ association, you probably have to pay association dues. They can run anywhere from less than $100 a year to more than $1,000 a month, depending on the community. What happens if you don’t pay? Will it ruin your credit rating? It certainly can, as some of… Read More

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