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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 Some Divorced Parents Hurt Their Credit

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How Some Divorced Parents Hurt Their Credit

How Some Divorced Parents Hurt Their Credit

When parents fall behind on their child support payments, they may be surprised to learn those delinquent payments can appear on their credit reports. What does that mean for their credit scores? A Credit.com reader asks: I recently pulled my reports and was shocked to see the State of MO is listing my child support… Read More

5 Mistakes Car Buyers Make

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5 Mistakes Car Buyers Make

5 Mistakes Car Buyers Make

If you need a new set of wheels, the idea of a change (or at least reliable transportation) has undeniable appeal, but figuring out which car you want and can afford, whether to buy new or used, plus whether you’re getting the best deal, can quickly take the fun out of shopping. It’s easy to… Read More

Can You Escape Your Debt by Moving Overseas?

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Can You Escape Your Debt by Moving Overseas?

Can You Escape Your Debt by Moving Overseas?

If you’re up to your eyeballs in debt and can’t see a way out, the idea of moving to another country and ditching your debts may be very appealing. Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of “Live and Invest Overseas”, says she’s met many people in that situation over the years. “I meet them in Panama, Ecuador, Belize…. Read More

The American Dream: Is It Within Your Reach?

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The American Dream: Is It Within Your Reach?

The American Dream: Is It Within Your Reach?

What’s your vision of the American Dream and what are you doing to achieve it? In the new 2014 Credit.com American Dream Survey, we found that most are optimistic about their prospects for achieving their version of the American Dream, but some groups are definitely more confident than others. The majority of those surveyed chose one… Read More

How Do I Convince a Credit Bureau I’m Alive?

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How Do I Convince a Credit Bureau I’m Alive?

How Do I Convince a Credit Bureau I’m Alive?

Although most of us who check our credit reports are doing it to make sure credit bureaus are correctly reporting our debts and payment records, one Credit.com reader, Denise, says she’s having trouble convincing a credit bureau she’s alive: Experian shows that I’m deceased because when I closed my Kohl’s charge card, the rep. accidentally marked me… Read More

5 Avoidable Student Loan Mistakes

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5 Avoidable Student Loan Mistakes

5 Avoidable Student Loan Mistakes

The rising cost of higher education is one reason why so many students find themselves graduating with record levels of student loan debt. It’s a problem that defies simple solutions or quick fixes. But at the same time, some students find themselves graduating with a mountain of student loan debt in part because they didn’t… Read More

The New American Dream: Getting Out of Debt

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The New American Dream: Getting Out of Debt

The New American Dream: Getting Out of Debt

What does the American Dream look like today? For a quarter of American adults in a new Credit.com survey, the answer is simple: it’s being debt-free. Retiring financially secure at age 65 was the most popular response to the question, “Which of the following financial goals most closely represents the ultimate American Dream for you?”… Read More

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