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Debt Diet Part III, Time to File Bankruptcy?

  This post is a follow-up to Debt Diets Part I and Part II. Mary Reed and Gerri Detweiler are co-authors of "Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights." They also answer debt questions at...

Your (New & Improved?) Credit Card

The CARD Act of 2009, which takes effect on Monday, reins in some nasty practices, but leaves some loopholes you need to be aware of. It's still up to you to know the terms of your cards, read the fine print and stay on top of any shenanigans...

Fuzzy Math Recovery (winners announced!)

Many thanks to all those who participated in last week's pop quiz!Congratulations to Sophia and Kristina, our two winners! Although several other readers came close—Stephanie, Amanda, Kateh, Jordana, Debi, Beth, Di, Jamie—we regret to report that...

Whip Your Credit Into Shape

Erica Sandberg is a credit expert and columnist for Creditcards.com. She is also the author of "Expecting Money: The Essential Financial Plan for New and Growing Families." Q: I have been trying to improve my credit for about four years now, but...

Debt Diet Part II: Is Debt Settlement for You?

This post is a follow up to "Debt Diet, Part I."Gerri Detweiler and Mary Reed are co-authors of "Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights." They also answer debt questions at DebtCollectionAnswers.com. Debt...

Debt Diet, Part I

Gerri Detweiler and Mary Reed are co-authors of "Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights." They also answer debt questions at DebtCollectionAnswers.com. Just as the same old diet advice (eat less! exercise...

'Tis the Season for Better Credit

It seems like the worst time of year to clean up your credit. But the holidays offer surprising opportunities to polish your record, boost your score and become more credit-savvy for 2010. Say NO to store cards. The lure of 15% off at the...

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