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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 Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

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5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

There’s plenty of information out there on what it costs to raise kids, so we know they can lighten your wallet. But they can also flatten your credit. But while paying for kids’ care is part of a parent’s job, letting your credit suffer because of their actions isn’t. Teaching kids about credit is arguably… Read More

How to Get Your Student Loans Forgiven in Bankruptcy

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How to Get Your Student Loans Forgiven in Bankruptcy

How to Get Your Student Loans Forgiven in Bankruptcy

“Student loans can’t be discharged in bankruptcy,” has been repeated so often that it’s practically considered gospel. But what if that “fact” is not completely correct – and may be stopping consumers who could benefit from bankruptcy from pursuing it? It’s not just consumers and the media that may be misled. “A wide number of… Read More

How to Freeze Your Spending Now to Save for the Holidays

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How to Freeze Your Spending Now to Save for the Holidays

How to Freeze Your Spending Now to Save for the Holidays

Editor’s Note: Inspired by this article, several Credit.com staffers are tracking their own personal spending freeze on social media. You can follow their progress as they stop spending and start preparing for the holidays using the hashtag #spendingfreeze on Facebook and Twitter. We’re all aware that “the most wonderful time of the year” is also typically… Read More

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

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