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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.

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

Help! I Did My Taxes Wrong

Personal Finance

Help! I Did My Taxes Wrong

Help! I Did My Taxes Wrong

Taxpayers are advised to file their returns as soon as possible, in part to reduce their risk of taxpayer identity theft. But what happens if you file right away, and then discover you’ve left key information out of your return? A Credit.com reader recently wrote to us asking, “I already filed my taxes and just… Read More

Could Paying Off Your Mortgage Hurt Your Credit?

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Could Paying Off Your Mortgage Hurt Your Credit?

Could Paying Off Your Mortgage Hurt Your Credit?

For many people, paying off their mortgage is the ultimate financial accomplishment. While “mortgage burning celebrations” may not be common now that everything is handled digitally, most do feel proud of a home that is paid for in full. Imagine, then, the disappointment to learn that your credit scores have gone down, not up, as… Read More

Help! I Was Rejected for a Secured Credit Card

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Help! I Was Rejected for a Secured Credit Card

Help! I Was Rejected for a Secured Credit Card

A secured credit card can be an excellent tool for building or rebuilding credit. You place a security deposit with the issuer and get a credit card with a credit line that is often equal to the deposit. Because the issuer holds the deposit as collateral in case the balance isn’t repaid, these cards are… Read More

7 Times Paying More Isn’t Worth It

Personal Finance

7 Times Paying More Isn’t Worth It

7 Times Paying More Isn’t Worth It

Sometimes, when you see two products that are designed to do the same thing, paying more is actually a good idea (think toilet paper or tissues). You really do want thicker and softer, and it’s worth paying for. But other times, going the cheap route makes perfect sense — and any differences are all but… Read More

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