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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.

7 Habits Leading You Into Debt

Managing Debt

7 Habits Leading You Into Debt

7 Habits Leading You Into Debt

Some habits make it a lot harder to save money — or to stop spending it. Because sometimes our routines lend themselves to parting with money without giving it a second thought. (I have heard that you can stop at Target for a single item, but it’s not something I’ve managed to accomplish.) In fact, there… Read More

Can You Get a Credit Card With No Salary?

Credit Cards

Can You Get a Credit Card With No Salary?

Can You Get a Credit Card With No Salary?

Molly wants a new credit card and has her sights set on one issued through a community bank. But there’s a problem: She doesn’t have an income, at least not in the traditional sense. “My income is almost all from investments,” she wrote in an email. “My business actually runs at a deficit, and gross… Read More

How I Averted a Medical Billing Disaster

Credit Score

How I Averted a Medical Billing Disaster

How I Averted a Medical Billing Disaster

Over Labor Day weekend, I fell and broke my hand. Seeing my finger dangling at an odd angle was alarming, not to mention painful, but I’ll confess the first words out of my mouth when I arrived at the ER were, “I want to confirm that you are a participating provider in my insurance.” I… Read More

Where Did Cyber Monday Come From?

Personal Finance

Where Did Cyber Monday Come From?

Where Did Cyber Monday Come From?

If the origins of Black Friday are just a little murky, the beginnings of its electronic sibling, Cyber Monday, are crystal-clear: The National Retail Foundation dreamed it up and promoted it. The term was first used in a 2005 press release from shop.org (a division of the National Retail Foundation) that said “Cyber Monday” was becoming… Read More

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Personal Finance

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

There was a time when there was no “Black Friday.” On Thanksgiving, people overate, watched football on TV or played it in the yard, and then settled in to check the newspaper, thick and heavy with ads, to make a plan for the after-Thanksgiving sales. That’s what they were called: after-Thanksgiving sales. Black Friday hadn’t… Read More

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