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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 Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

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How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

Mobile alerts from your credit card issuer can do much more than alert you to possible fraud. You can use that information to help you improve your credit. First, a word about how credit scores work. The two biggest factors are paying on time (35%) and the amount of credit you use relative to your… Read More

How One Couple Merged Their Money Over 17 Years

Personal Finance

How One Couple Merged Their Money Over 17 Years

How One Couple Merged Their Money Over 17 Years

Bill and Eleanor Seavey started their marriage 17 years ago with a prenup. Neither can remember exactly when the agreement sunsetted, but clearly it has. They run a bed and breakfast together in Cambria, Calif., and it doesn’t make sense to them to have an account a spouse can’t access. “She has access to my money, and… Read More

Can Debt Collectors Repossess My Car?

Managing Debt

Can Debt Collectors Repossess My Car?

Can Debt Collectors Repossess My Car?

If you’re like many of us, you need your car to get to work or school, carpool kids or grandkids, or to do your shopping. But what happens if you are getting calls from debt collectors who you can’t pay? Can a debt collector take your car? Our reader, Marbella, who lives in California, says a collection… Read More

How Do I Get a Dispute Off My Credit Report?

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How Do I Get a Dispute Off My Credit Report?

How Do I Get a Dispute Off My Credit Report?

Sometimes doing what you think is the right thing can have consequences you never intended. Shane, one of our readers, wanted to be sure his credit was in top condition before applying for a loan. He checked his credit reports, noticed an inaccuracy, and he disputed it. And then he applied for a loan. And… Read More

5 Credit Card Habits of Successful People

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5 Credit Card Habits of Successful People

5 Credit Card Habits of Successful People

Seems like the rich are different than the rest of us, and it’s not just in the way they handle money. They also handle credit cards differently. Tom Corley, author of the best-selling book Rich Habits: The Daily Habits of Successful People, has been studying the habits of wealthy people versus poor people and has… Read More

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