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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.

Verizon’s $2 Fee: Can They Do That?

Credit Cards

Verizon’s $2 Fee: Can They Do That?

Verizon’s $2 Fee: Can They Do That?

When I heard today about Verizon’s announcement that it will charge a $2 convenience fee for debit and credit card payments made online or by phone, my first reaction was one of outrage. I am a Verizon customer who pays online with plastic, and I don’t want to pay an extra $24 a year for… Read More

When is it Time to Walk Away From Your Home?

Mortgages

When is it Time to Walk Away From Your Home?

When is it Time to Walk Away From Your Home?

Our series about six options if you are underwater on your home has drawn a lot of comments. Some readers are wondering whether they should stay and pay or try to get out. Here’s a reader question we received this week: I have been thinking a lot about whether to keep my home. I really… Read More

How Removing A Tax Lien Affects Your Credit

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How Removing A Tax Lien Affects Your Credit

How Removing A Tax Lien Affects Your Credit

We received two questions about tax liens recently, and it give me the opportunity to check in and see how the IRS’s initiative to give taxpayers a “fresh start” after they’ve paid off tax liens is working. My credit scores are 730, 723 and 728 but I have a tax lien filed against me. If… Read More

Black Friday Shopping Tips From a Pro

Personal Finance

Black Friday Shopping Tips From a Pro

Black Friday Shopping Tips From a Pro

I don’t typically fight the crowds on Black Friday, but my sister in law Kathi Detweiler is always there when the stores open, snagging deals that make me envious. So I asked her for her best Black Friday shopping tips. Be prepared: Kathi says she always scopes out the deals before Black Friday. She has… Read More

Can a Business Loan Appear on My Personal Credit?

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Can a Business Loan Appear on My Personal Credit?

Can a Business Loan Appear on My Personal Credit?

Gina recently posted this question on the Credit.com CreditExperts Facebook page: Are there laws in place to stop a business account from being reported on my personal credit? If so how do I go about getting it off my credit? This is an important question because many businesses rely heavily on their personal credit scores… Read More

Measuring the Impact of Bank Transfer Day

Personal Finance

Measuring the Impact of Bank Transfer Day

Measuring the Impact of Bank Transfer Day

Saturday November 5th was Bank Transfer Day, the day on which Americans were urged to switch their accounts from the big banks to credit unions. For a grassroots movement started by art gallery owner Kristen Christian on Facebook, it garnered a lot of media attention. Just as one example, on Friday evening November 4th, I… Read More

Not Your Grandmother’s Credit Union

Credit Cards

Not Your Grandmother’s Credit Union

Not Your Grandmother’s Credit Union

I opened a new credit union account recently. I wasn’t protesting bank fees (my bank still offers free debit cards with rewards), but a local credit union offered me a 1.99% rate on a car loan, and I couldn’t pass that up. While opening the account, I thought back to how different that experience was… Read More

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