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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 Much Are Good Grades Actually Worth?

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How Much Are Good Grades Actually Worth?

How Much Are Good Grades Actually Worth?

If your parents paid you for good grades when you were a child (or if you’ve doled out cash to encourage academic achievement), you know what good grades are worth. But, it turns out, people who make good grades in school tend to make more money in their careers (when adjusted for education level and… Read More

Can You Pay a Credit Card With a Credit Card?

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Can You Pay a Credit Card With a Credit Card?

Can You Pay a Credit Card With a Credit Card?

Tight on cash and worried about how you’ll make your credit card payment this month? Waiting for a commission check, tax refund or insurance settlement so you can pay off bills? Or are you trying to use your credit card to pay for as much as possible so you can earn reward points or cash back? … Read More

How Drugs & Alcohol Can Wreck Your Credit

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How Drugs & Alcohol Can Wreck Your Credit

How Drugs & Alcohol Can Wreck Your Credit

Ask Doug Thorburn whether drinking or drugs can ruin someone’s credit — even if they aren’t using substances themselves — and he immediately shares a story of one of his clients who held a joint credit card with a business partner. There was no balance on the account when this client extinguished the partnership and canceled the… Read More

How Much Does Your Insurance Company Know About You?

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How Much Does Your Insurance Company Know About You?

How Much Does Your Insurance Company Know About You?

If you’ve applied for homeowner or car insurance lately, you probably learned quite quickly that actually applying for insurance involves answering a lot of questions about yourself. But lest you are tempted to fudge facts and try to hide driving infractions or previous homeowner claims, you may want to be aware that your insurance company… Read More

America’s Biggest Financial Fears

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America’s Biggest Financial Fears

America’s Biggest Financial Fears

Bats and spiders may give us the willies, but do you know what kind of worries have staying power — and will last much longer than the hauls of candy little goblins and ghosts hope to bring home on Halloween? The boogeyman most of us fear is money, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index. And… Read More

5 Things Homebuyers Should Do Right Now

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5 Things Homebuyers Should Do Right Now

5 Things Homebuyers Should Do Right Now

Have you decided it’s time to buy a home? Before you start popping in at open houses, or searching for your dream home online, there are a few essential make it or break it tasks you’ll need to tackle. After all, if you fall in love with a home, you want to know whether it’s… Read More

3 Money Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Marriage

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3 Money Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Marriage

3 Money Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Marriage

As if discovering the love of your life is messier than you thought, doesn’t really love jazz or is chronically late weren’t enough, couples also have to find ways to deal with differing financial habits — from the merely annoying (sending dollar bills through the laundry) to the serious (hiding debt). The good news is more couples… Read More

5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

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5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

“I DON’T CARE what my ‘credit score’ is,” one of our readers wrote in a recent comment on the Credit.com blog. “I am debt free except for my house. I use credit cards for everything possible and pay them off in full every month.” Is good credit really that important? Some people obviously don’t think… Read More

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