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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.

The American Dream: Is It Within Your Reach?

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The American Dream: Is It Within Your Reach?

The American Dream: Is It Within Your Reach?

What’s your vision of the American Dream and what are you doing to achieve it? In the new 2014 Credit.com American Dream Survey, we found that most are optimistic about their prospects for achieving their version of the American Dream, but some groups are definitely more confident than others. The majority of those surveyed chose one… Read More

How Do I Convince a Credit Bureau I’m Alive?

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How Do I Convince a Credit Bureau I’m Alive?

How Do I Convince a Credit Bureau I’m Alive?

Although most of us who check our credit reports are doing it to make sure credit bureaus are correctly reporting our debts and payment records, one Credit.com reader, Denise, says she’s having trouble convincing a credit bureau she’s alive: Experian shows that I’m deceased because when I closed my Kohl’s charge card, the rep. accidentally marked me… Read More

5 Avoidable Student Loan Mistakes

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5 Avoidable Student Loan Mistakes

5 Avoidable Student Loan Mistakes

The rising cost of higher education is one reason why so many students find themselves graduating with record levels of student loan debt. It’s a problem that defies simple solutions or quick fixes. But at the same time, some students find themselves graduating with a mountain of student loan debt in part because they didn’t… Read More

The New American Dream: Getting Out of Debt

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The New American Dream: Getting Out of Debt

The New American Dream: Getting Out of Debt

What does the American Dream look like today? For a quarter of American adults in a new Credit.com survey, the answer is simple: it’s being debt-free. Retiring financially secure at age 65 was the most popular response to the question, “Which of the following financial goals most closely represents the ultimate American Dream for you?”… Read More

Getting Out of Debt Saved Our Marriage

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Getting Out of Debt Saved Our Marriage

Getting Out of Debt Saved Our Marriage

When Ellie Kay married her husband, Bob, over two decades ago she knew she was marrying a hard-working fighter pilot. “I was starry-eyed,” she says. What she didn’t know was that he was carrying about $40,000 in unsecured debt. Bob had been divorced and had two children. When his first marriage dissolved, he took on… Read More

How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

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How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

If you’re looking to build or rebuild credit, some of the first suggestions you’ll hear is to apply for a regular or secured credit card or ask to become an authorized user on someone else’s card. But there’s often little said about how to do it if you want to stay away from plastic. What… Read More

Can I Really Get a 0% Car Loan?

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Can I Really Get a 0% Car Loan?

Can I Really Get a 0% Car Loan?

Is 0% auto financing just a scam? That’s the question that popped in my mind recently when my mother-in-law, who is fastidious about her finances, was turned down for that rate when she bought a new car. If someone like her, who has a history of no missed payments on any of her bills and… Read More

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