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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.

Why a Car Costs You 157 Weeks of Work

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Why a Car Costs You 157 Weeks of Work

Why a Car Costs You 157 Weeks of Work

That car that’s supposed to provide you with the freedom to get you where you want to go may also be one of the many chains tying you down to a job you’d rather ditch. That’s because the average person will spend years at their job just to pay for a set of wheels. The… Read More

What Happens If I Ignore My Student Loans?

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What Happens If I Ignore My Student Loans?

What Happens If I Ignore My Student Loans?

By some estimates, nearly one in three student loan borrowers in repayment are behind on their payments. Some of those borrowers may be paying as much as they can, when they can, but others may feel their debt is hopeless and are taking the ostrich approach instead. Others, like Credit.com blog reader Laurie, aren’t even… Read More

Help! My Parents Are Overspending

Managing Debt

Help! My Parents Are Overspending

Help! My Parents Are Overspending

It’s been decades since your parents taught you about spending and saving, and now their behavior makes you wonder if they’ve forgotten everything they taught you. And yet they might see your questioning as an intrusion. What’s a perplexed adult child to do? Financial planner Keith Klein, of Turning Pointe Financial Management in Phoenix, says… Read More

How I Paid Off $117K In Student Loans

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How I Paid Off $117K In Student Loans

How I Paid Off $117K In Student Loans

When Richard Kline graduated from law school in 2003, he had $117,000 in debt and jobs in the legal field were scarce so he took a job as a mortgage loan officer. Despite his hard work and a housing market that was just starting to boom, he was barely making a dent in his balances…. Read More

What Happens If I Ignore Debt Collectors?

Managing Debt

What Happens If I Ignore Debt Collectors?

What Happens If I Ignore Debt Collectors?

In 2010, a Credit.com reader lost his condo to foreclosure, leaving an unpaid second mortgage of $40,000. “I ignored their letters, never signed any of their notices, etc.” he wrote. While he may have hoped that debt would just disappear, it recently resurfaced. “Now it came (through) a lawyer to pay the amount,” he wrote…. Read More

13 Reasons to Get Your Credit Scores

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13 Reasons to Get Your Credit Scores

13 Reasons to Get Your Credit Scores

Have you put off checking your credit score and credit reports? Maybe you figure that no news is good news. Or perhaps you think that you might as well not worry about credit until you actually need it. In a recent survey about credit scores, Credit.com asked consumers if they had seen their credit scores,… Read More

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