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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.

A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide to Personal Finance

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A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide to Personal Finance

A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide to Personal Finance

For Richard Duarte, surviving the end-of-the-world-as-you-know-it isn’t just a possibility; he’s lived it. In 1992, he and his family fled their home in South Florida with only the clothes on their back, after Hurricane Andrew swept through and destroyed their house. Half an hour after the storm passed, and long before rescue or cleanup teams… Read More

How to Consolidate Private Student Loan Debt

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How to Consolidate Private Student Loan Debt

How to Consolidate Private Student Loan Debt

Judging from the comments we’ve been getting from Credit.com readers lately, borrowers with private student loan debt want to consolidate their loans, but don’t know how.  “I have private student loans, are you able to help me find a way to consolidate to get a lower interest rate?” asks Janice. “I see all these programs… Read More

When Do You Need to Make a Will?

Personal Finance

When Do You Need to Make a Will?

When Do You Need to Make a Will?

If there is one thing we need to get done before we die, it’s making a will, but you probably won’t find it on anyone’s bucket list. A lot of us never get around to it. In fact, more than half of Americans between 55 and 64 (presumably at or close to retirement) are without wills, according to a survey by… Read More

A Guide to Shopping for a Mortgage Online

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A Guide to Shopping for a Mortgage Online

A Guide to Shopping for a Mortgage Online

Ron Milman of Alpharetta, Ga., refinanced his mortgage in early 2015. He says he saved money, closed quickly, and except for one quick trip to a local bank to meet a local attorney to finalize paperwork, he never left his home office. Working strictly online and by phone, he says getting his mortgage online was… Read More

How to Make Sense of Your Paycheck

Personal Finance

How to Make Sense of Your Paycheck

How to Make Sense of Your Paycheck

Remember that first paycheck? That surprise when you discovered you weren’t going to take home your entire earnings? The confusion over all those boxes and codes? FICA? FUTA? What the heck does that mean? Paystubs can be puzzling. As CIO of a Payce Inc., a payroll company serving employers all over the country, Josh Lindenmuth… Read More

5 Expensive College Financial Aid Gotchas

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5 Expensive College Financial Aid Gotchas

5 Expensive College Financial Aid Gotchas

It’s crunch time for high school seniors: May 1 is College Decision Day, the day most college-bound students will let universities and colleges know whether they will be enrolling. For students agonizing over multiple offers, a big factor in choices will (or should be) financial aid. After all, the less you borrow as a student, the… Read More

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