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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.

3 Times It’s Crucial to Monitor Your Credit

Credit Score

3 Times It’s Crucial to Monitor Your Credit

3 Times It’s Crucial to Monitor Your Credit

You’ve heard the standard advice: check your credit reports for free once a year at AnnualCreditReport.com. You may have even heard the suggestion that you stagger your requests at that site so you’ll get a report from one of the three major credit reporting agencies every four months, thereby allowing you to check your credit… Read More

How to Get Rewarded for Your Holiday Spending

Credit Cards

How to Get Rewarded for Your Holiday Spending

How to Get Rewarded for Your Holiday Spending

Just a couple more weeks of holiday shopping remain. As you make those last minute purchases, keep in mind it’s not just how much you spend, but how you pay for your purchases, that matters. With reward credit cards, you may be able to treat yourself after the holidays by earning cash back, points or… Read More

Does Your Old Debt Have an Expiration Date?

Managing Debt

Does Your Old Debt Have an Expiration Date?

Does Your Old Debt Have an Expiration Date?

We frequently get asked by readers what the statute of limitations are for debts, and for how long old debts can affect your credit. For example, one reader recently asked this question: I have a friend that had a credit card when she was starting college, and used it to pay for car problems that… Read More

10 Financial Books to Give as Gifts

Personal Finance

10 Financial Books to Give as Gifts

10 Financial Books to Give as Gifts

At any given time I may have half a dozen books I am reading around the house, ranging from the financial books I often read for work to novels recommended by friends. I love books, so trying to pick ten financial books to recommend as gifts this holiday season is a challenging task, to put… Read More

5 Things You Should Make Instead of Buy

Personal Finance

5 Things You Should Make Instead of Buy

5 Things You Should Make Instead of Buy

The idea of making more of my own cleaning supplies and personal care products is appealing. It sounds healthier for me, my wallet, and the planet. But I’ve had sporadic success with following through on many of the DIY projects I’ve read about, blaming my procrastination on these lingering doubts: 1. Do they work as… Read More

5 Year-End Tax Tips for 2012

Personal Finance

5 Year-End Tax Tips for 2012

5 Year-End Tax Tips for 2012

Taxes are my personal finance Achilles heel. Every year, I promise myself I’ll be better organized than the last. With freelance income and a rental property — in addition to the usual stuff (mortgage and charitable deductions, for example) I generate a fair amount information that needs to be sorted and organized so that my… Read More

Why Prepaid Cards are NOT Gift Cards

Personal Finance

Why Prepaid Cards are NOT Gift Cards

Why Prepaid Cards are NOT Gift Cards

Although it may not feel like a very personal gift, you probably can’t go wrong giving a gift card as a holiday present. Gift cards/certificates and cash are the top two gifts consumers want to receive this holiday season, according to the Deloitte annual holiday survey. And prepaid cards continue to grow in popularity, sometimes… Read More

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