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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 To Fix Your Medical Bill Problems

Managing Debt

How To Fix Your Medical Bill Problems

How To Fix Your Medical Bill Problems

A hospital bill appears on a consumer’s credit as a collection account, even though he never got a bill. A consumer’s auto insurance company lets a medical bill slip through the cracks, and it winds up on her credit report, also in collections, even though she would have paid it to avoid the damage to… Read More

Using Prepaid Cards To Tame Your Kid’s Spending

Credit Cards

Using Prepaid Cards To Tame Your Kid’s Spending

Using Prepaid Cards To Tame Your Kid’s Spending

It’s a mother’s dream: a simple financial tool that teaches your kids how to make smarter decisions with their money, and saves you money, too. For Cassidy Stewart of Las Vegas, that tool is a prepaid card. Stewart loads the allowances of her 16-year old daughter and 10-year old son onto prepaid cards she obtained… Read More

What to Do If You Get a 1099-C for an Old Debt

Managing Debt

What to Do If You Get a 1099-C for an Old Debt

What to Do If You Get a 1099-C for an Old Debt

Earlier this year, questions poured in from readers grappling with how to deal with 1099-Cs they received from lenders reporting “canceled” or “forgiven” debt. I wrote a number of stories addressing the issues they raised, and vowed not to touch the topic again until next tax season. But the questions kept coming in. One kept… Read More

Vital Money Tips for Women

Personal Finance

Vital Money Tips for Women

Vital Money Tips for Women

What happens when you fill a room with a few hundred women eager to improve their financial lives, and experts there supporting them? A few tears, a lot of laughter and some great “aha!” moments. Since participating in the Women’s Money Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend, I’ve been on one of those post-conference, female-bonding, “we’re… Read More

Help! Debt Collectors Are Calling My Relatives

Managing Debt

Help! Debt Collectors Are Calling My Relatives

Help! Debt Collectors Are Calling My Relatives

It’s stressful enough when you are getting calls from collectors. But what do you do when they are calling your relatives about your debt? A reader asks: I have been receiving weird calls from 1-888??? numbers and recently they stopped and have been appearing as “unknown” on my iPhone. They left me a message saying… Read More

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