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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 5 Most Confusing Things on Your Credit Report

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The 5 Most Confusing Things on Your Credit Report

The 5 Most Confusing Things on Your Credit Report

You know that you should review your credit reports. So you do. But when you do, you find yourself confused, wondering if it was worth it. It definitely is. Here are five things about credit reports consumers often find confusing, and how to find some clarity. 1. Boxes and More Boxes The first thing you… Read More

Can Your Old Sofa Hurt Your Credit?

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Can Your Old Sofa Hurt Your Credit?

Can Your Old Sofa Hurt Your Credit?

It is such a well-known phenomenon that credit counselors have a name for it: “Old Sofa Syndrome.” And if you’re not careful, it can wreak havoc on your budget — and your credit scores. New homeowners are particularly vulnerable, but so are those who have lived in the same place or with the same furniture… Read More

5 People Who Paid Off Massive Debt

Managing Debt

5 People Who Paid Off Massive Debt

5 People Who Paid Off Massive Debt

Digging out of deep debt can seem like an insurmountable task, and for some people it is. More than a million American households filed for bankruptcy last year in an effort to put their debt behind them. But bankruptcy court isn’t the only way consumers shed debt. These five people have paid off very large… Read More

3 Real-Life Money Miracles

Personal Finance

3 Real-Life Money Miracles

3 Real-Life Money Miracles

Most of us have experienced a cash crunch at one time or another, and thought, “I need a miracle.” For these three people, a money miracle is exactly what they got. The 12 Days of Christmas When he heard a knock on the door that night in mid-December 2008, Chris Miles wasn’t sure if he… Read More

3 Reasons to Start Your Taxes Now

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3 Reasons to Start Your Taxes Now

3 Reasons to Start Your Taxes Now

I am normally a tax procrastinator. I get them done, but not without my accountant bugging me a few times. But this year will be different. I am actually already starting on my 2013 taxes in 2013 (what a concept!) – and you may want to do the same. Yes, we’re into the busy holiday… Read More

How Private Is Your Credit Score?

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How Private Is Your Credit Score?

How Private Is Your Credit Score?

Many of us may be oversharing on social media, but there are some things most people prefer to keep private;  you don’t see too many salaries posted, nor do you see credit scores. Are your credit scores all that private though? Yes… and no. A federal law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, places limits on… Read More

New App Promises a Budget in 60 Seconds

Personal Finance

New App Promises a Budget in 60 Seconds

New App Promises a Budget in 60 Seconds

Despite the fact that there are myriad tools available to create a budget and get your financial house in order, most of us aren’t doing a very good job at it. But a new iPhone app, Wisely, aims to make it easier for you to budget and track your spending. There are numerous benefits to… Read More

How Does Driving Affect Your Credit?

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How Does Driving Affect Your Credit?

How Does Driving Affect Your Credit?

My daughter recently turned 15, and one of the first things she did on her birthday was to take an online test required to get her learner’s permit. She passed, and now she’s driving. I don’t have to lecture her on safe driving habits; she’s been doing that to me for years. And she’s more… Read More

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