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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.

5 Ways to Get Things Off Your Credit Report

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5 Ways to Get Things Off Your Credit Report

5 Ways to Get Things Off Your Credit Report

Negative information on your credit can be extremely frustrating. You know it’s not good, and you just want it to go away. Before you pull your hair out or spend thousands of dollars trying to repair your credit, you’ll want to understand the ways this kind of information can be removed from your reports. First,… Read More

How Couples Can Stop Fighting About Money

Personal Finance

How Couples Can Stop Fighting About Money

How Couples Can Stop Fighting About Money

A young, married (happy) couple who were expecting a baby began a discussion about financial priorities this way: He got a bonus, cashed it and surprised her with a new state-of-the-art TV. When he told her the “good news,” she burst into tears, which progressed to sobbing. They had no washer or dryer, and she… Read More

How Can You Prove a Debt Isn’t Yours?

Managing Debt

How Can You Prove a Debt Isn’t Yours?

How Can You Prove a Debt Isn’t Yours?

Getting a letter from a debt collector can be disconcerting, especially if you were not aware of having debt. Your initial communication from the collector, called a demand letter, should contain information indicating how you can request more details. By law, you may request the debt collector validate the debt, and the collector must respond… Read More

How I Raised My Credit Score 130 Points

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How I Raised My Credit Score 130 Points

How I Raised My Credit Score 130 Points

Tonya Rapley says she knew better; she was raised to know how to manage money — and yet when she was in college (and taking out student loans), she maxed out her credit cards and “just tried to ignore it.” Then she had an opportunity to move to New York City, and she found out… Read More

6 Great Money Tips From 6 Great Dads

Personal Finance

6 Great Money Tips From 6 Great Dads

6 Great Money Tips From 6 Great Dads

Growing up, I’d roll my eyes when my dad would remind me to turn off the lights when I left a room. And when he refused to spring for air-conditioning for his cars I thought he was pinching those pennies a little too tightly. But guess what? I now turn off lights when I leave… Read More

President Obama to Students: Be Smart, Not Cynical

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President Obama to Students: Be Smart, Not Cynical

President Obama to Students: Be Smart, Not Cynical

President Barack Obama joined David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, for a live chat about student debt Tuesday. One-third of Americans who applied for an educational loan this year also have a Tumblr account, said Karp, who fielded questions about educational costs submitted by Tumblr users. Here’s what POTUS had to say to today’s students. My… Read More

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