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Gerri Detweiler

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Gerri Detweiler 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 Sticky Utility Bill Problems & What to Do About Them

Personal Finance

5 Sticky Utility Bill Problems & What to Do About Them

5 Sticky Utility Bill Problems & What to Do About Them

The first year I lived in Florida, I was amused by the temperatures that Floridians considered “cold” in winter. But I wasn’t laughing when I got my first January electric bill and discovered just how much it costs to heat a Florida home in the winter. More recently, a leak in the pump of our... Read More

How Can I Stop Student Loans from Taking My Taxes?

Student Loans

How Can I Stop Student Loans from Taking My Taxes?

How Can I Stop Student Loans from Taking My Taxes?

Federal student loans have some of the most forgiving repayment options. If you can’t make student loan payments because of financial issues, you may be able to pause those loans via a deferment. But if you default on your student loans and you have serious student loan debt, collectors can take numerous actions against you—including taking your tax refund. How Do... Read More

Does a Business Loan Affect Personal Credit?

Small Business Loans

Does a Business Loan Affect Personal Credit?

Does a Business Loan Affect Personal Credit?

When starting your own business, funding can be a big hurdle—in more ways than one. And if you’re not careful, the lines between business credit and personal credit can get blurry. As you start setting up your business accounts, make sure you understand your business financing options and how they may affect you personally. Here’s... Read More

Can a Debt Collector Collect After 10 Years?

Managing Debt

Can a Debt Collector Collect After 10 Years?

Can a Debt Collector Collect After 10 Years?

Whether you have medical debt, credit card debt or unpaid student loans, getting calls or letters from debt collection companies can be frustrating. But it’s especially frustrating if your debt is several years old. If you have debt on your credit reports or are getting calls from a collection agency, you might wonder how long a debtor can try to collect... Read More

What Is a Good Interest Rate?

Loans

What Is a Good Interest Rate?

What Is a Good Interest Rate?

With interest rates steadily climbing since after the recession of 2007, it’s important to be aware of what is a good interest rate when you’re planning on financing, whether it’s for a car, a home or your education. Take a closer look at what’s happening with interest rates in 2019 below and how you can... Read More

How to Pay Collections

Managing Debt

How to Pay Collections

How to Pay Collections

When you’re trying to conquer unpaid debts sent to collections, two of the biggest obstacles you face are coming up with enough money to pay off the debt and negotiating a payment plan or settlement you can afford. Once you’ve accomplished these tasks, you may still be wondering how you pay collections to a debt... Read More

5 Reasons for Credit Card Closure

Credit Cards

5 Reasons for Credit Card Closure

5 Reasons for Credit Card Closure

Having a wallet full of plastic can be a big temptation to overspend, which can lead to missed payments and a decreased credit score. If too many credit cards have you busting your budget, this might be a good reason for credit card closure. On the flip side, closing a credit card may hurt your credit score by messing... Read More

What to do When You Owe More than a House is Worth and Want to Sell

Mortgages

What to do When You Owe More than a House is Worth and Want to Sell

What to do When You Owe More than a House is Worth and Want to Sell

Javier Gonzales is legally a homeowner, but he says his first instinct is to say “no” if someone asks. This is because he hasn’t made the mortgage on the townhome he bought in years, and he doesn’t live there anymore. Gonzales says he owes $476,000 on the townhome, which is only worth around $263,000. “I don’t care... Read More

Dealing with a Credit Report for the Deceased

Credit Reports

Dealing with a Credit Report for the Deceased

Dealing with a Credit Report for the Deceased

While it’s not something many people think about until faced with the issue, obtaining a credit report for a deceased person is important. It’s important to remember that the death of a loved one can impact your finances. You may need to make sure the credit report is accurate and take stock of any creditors you need to... Read More

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