Staff Writer

Bill Fay

Bill “No Pay” Fay has lived a meager financial existence his entire life. He started writing/bragging about it seven years ago, helping birth Debt.org into existence as the site’s original “Frugal Man.” Prior to that, he spent more than 30 years covering college and professional sports, which are the fantasy worlds of finance. His work has been published by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News, among others. His interest in sports has waned some, but his interest in never reaching for his wallet is as passionate as ever. Bill can be reached at bfay@debt.org.

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How To Get A Low Interest Debt Consolidation Loan

By Bill Fay | April 25, 2019

If you’re losing the fight with high interest credit card debt, this might be a good time to look at a low interest debt consolidation loan. A debt consolidation loan…

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Financial Help and Resources for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care

By Bill Fay | April 22, 2019

It’s a wrenching experience to witness loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the progressive conditions that destroy memory and other mental functions. For the caregivers, it’s often a…

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How to Prepare for Divorce Financially

By Bill Fay | April 18, 2019

There is a lot of disagreement about what percentage of marriages that will end in divorce. Fifty percent is a commonly cited number, but some studies suggest the percentage is…

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Unable to Pay Credit Card Minimum Payment

By Bill Fay | April 8, 2019

One of the many attractive aspects of owning a credit card is that you don’t have to pay the full tab every month. Send the minimum payment due and you’re…

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Financial Assistance Options for Mortgage Payments

By Bill Fay | April 4, 2019

If homeownership is the American Dream, then foreclosure is the national nightmare. Though the nation’s foreclosure rate dropped dramatically after the Great Recession, the coronavirus reminded consumers what happens to…

Financial Assistance for Diabetes Treatment

By Bill Fay | March 22, 2019

Diabetics find themselves in an increasingly uncomfortable position these days: If the disease doesn’t get them, the cost for treating it will. The average diabetic spends $16,750 a year on…

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Your Options When You Don’t Qualify for Bankruptcy

By Bill Fay | March 19, 2019

Does it seem like the only news you hear about your personal finances is bad and worse? You’ve slipped into a hole; creditors are calling; you don’t see a viable…

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Financial Assistance for Domestic Violence & Financial Abuse Survivors

By Bill Fay | March 14, 2019

If you are considering leaving an abusive relationship —or you have already left — there are many resources available to domestic violence victims. They include government agencies, churches or support…

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Child Support Payment Financial Help

By Bill Fay | March 13, 2019

If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t afford child support payments, you definitely are not alone. During its last annual report to Congress (in 2017) the Office…

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Financial Assistance for Single Parents

By Bill Fay | March 12, 2019

Single parents with children younger than 18 head about 11 million U.S. households, a number that has climbed steadily in recent decades and highlights a big need for social services.…

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Financial Assistance for Widows

By Bill Fay | March 5, 2019

The emotional toll of losing a spouse is incalculable. Unfortunately, bereavement is not the only trouble that death brings. It may not even be the most lasting. The surviving spouse…

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What is Judgement Proof?

By Bill Fay | March 4, 2019

How would you like to be deemed “judgment proof”? If nothing else, it sounds like a really good designation in life. Judgment proof is a legal term that could apply…

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Online Debt Consolidation

By Bill Fay | February 25, 2019

There are plenty of reasons for seeking debt consolidation. Maybe you’re desperate to make what you owe more manageable, or you’re horrified by the high interest rates on your outstanding…

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What to Do When You Can’t Pay Your Utility Bill

By Bill Fay | February 25, 2019

If you’ve ever shivered through a sub-zero morning in Minnesota or sweated out a summer afternoon in South Florida, you understand that a thermostat can be your home’s most valuable…

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Non-Profit Debt Consolidation

By Bill Fay | February 19, 2019

When you’re struggling every month to reduce credit card debt, it’s easy to grab at any solution that promises to ease the pain. Slow down. There is a whole industry…

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SoFi Review

By Bill Fay | February 14, 2019

Student loan debt is one of the leading causes of modern American stress, especially among Millennials, who are putting off life milestones like marriage, having children or buying a house…

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Debt Consolidation Loans & Other Options For Bad Credit

By Bill Fay | February 13, 2019

Good credit is a valuable asset and a point of pride, but bad credit is an affliction that eats away at those who have it. Credit card debt drags down…

Best Debt Management Companies Review

Best Debt Management Companies

By Bill Fay | February 12, 2019

Credit card debt is quietly – too quietly! – inching its way back into the financial news headlines and if you haven’t noticed, well, take a look at your bill!…

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#1 Tax Debt Advice – Payment Plans & Forgiveness Options

By Bill Fay | February 12, 2019

As calendar dates go, April 15 doesn’t exactly create the heart palpitations of December 25, February 14 or even the Fourth of July. However, you can’t deny that April 15…

Timeshares are a dicey option, but are they a good investment?

Timeshares: Are They a Good Investment?

By Bill Fay | February 12, 2019

  Be wary the next time you check into a resort and are offered a free gourmet dinner or a massage or Disney World tickets if you’ll just attend a…

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Details on the American Rescue Plan

By Bill Fay | January 14, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion war on the prolonged suffering of Americans hardest hit by coronavirus. Included in his proposal: a fresh round of…

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Will There Be a Third Stimulus Check?

By Bill Fay | January 5, 2021

It would not be a surprise if a bill for a third stimulus check – possibly for as much as $2,000! – is on President Biden’s desk a day after…

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Covid-19 Relief Bill

By Bill Fay | December 30, 2020

The second COVID-19 relief bill is now law – all 3,126 pages of it. The people in Congress who passed it admit they don’t know what all is in it,…

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Second Stimulus Check Update

By Bill Fay | December 29, 2020

If you haven’t looked at your bank account this week, now might be a splendid time. The long wait for a second stimulus check from the U.S. government finally is…

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When Will a Second Stimulus Check be Delivered?

By Bill Fay | December 23, 2020

A second stimulus check – the financial gift from the U.S. government to help consumers recover from the economic belt coronavirus gave the American economy – needs only a signature…

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Google Is the Latest Company to Offer Student Loan Repayment Benefits

By Bill Fay | November 3, 2020

If the biggest employee benefit you receive is when your company bothers to fill the toilet paper rolls in the employee bathroom, you might not want to read this: Google…

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Paying Down Student Loans Before the COVID Suspension Is Lifted

By Bill Fay | October 28, 2020

If you are paying on a federal student loan, you probably already know that the government CARES Act has provided benefits that suspends payment and interest requirements through December 31.…

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Trump vs. Biden: How Their Plans for Student Loan Debt Compare

By Bill Fay | October 16, 2020

Americans with student loan debt have a $1.6 trillion question on their minds: What would President Trump or a President Biden do about all that money these 45 million borrowers…

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Court Ruling Favors Student Loan Bankruptcy Discharge

By Bill Fay | October 2, 2020

There hasn’t been much good economic news in 2020, but if you’re buried in student loans, there was an astoundingly positive development recently. Thanks to a recent court ruling, you…

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Should I Apply for a New Credit Card During COVID?

By Bill Fay | September 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created record unemployment, erased profit margins, closed businesses and wreaked havoc on almost every family’s money outlook. It has even affected America’s ultimate get-out-of-jail financial symbol…

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VA Extends COVID-19 Debt Relief to Veterans Through 2020

By Bill Fay | September 15, 2020

Veterans indebted to the Department of Veterans Affairs won a partial payment reprieve this summer that will last at least through the end of 2020. The VA action extends a…

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Coronavirus and the Real Estate Market

By Bill Fay | August 14, 2020

Dorothy surely wasn’t thinking of life in a COVID-19 pandemic when she clicked those heels in the “Wizard of Oz” and opined that ‘there’s no place like home.’ But her…

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Details on the HEALS Act

By Bill Fay | August 5, 2020

Congress and the White House are still debating whether the HEALS Act, HEROES Act – or some compromise Act in between – will deliver the next round of coronavirus relief…

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Details on the HEROES Act

By Bill Fay | July 21, 2020

When the House of Representative passed the $3-trillion HEROES Act on May 15, it all but guaranteed that a second stimulus check would arrive for Americans in need of financial help…

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COVID-19 Bankruptcies

By Bill Fay | July 16, 2020

The storm is coming. American consumers will be filing personal bankruptcies in record numbers by the end of 2020. That is the projection from bankruptcy attorneys, bankers and other experts…

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Stimulus Checks for COVID-19 Relief

By Bill Fay | July 1, 2020

The phrase “stimulus check” is second only to “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” as something to talk about these days and people are definitely talking. About 159 million Americans have received the…

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Tax Season Countdown All Over Again

By Bill Fay | June 30, 2020

Everyone knows the old saying: Time flies when you’re procrastinating. Seems like only yesterday we were breezing past April 15 — the traditional deadline for income tax filing — and…

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Republican Advisors Say No Need for Second Stimulus Check

By Bill Fay | June 16, 2020

Don’t plan on receiving and cashing a second COVID-19 stimulus check just yet. A group of 20 fiscal hawks, many of the close advisors to President Trump, sent Trump and…

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Paycheck Protection Program

By Bill Fay | May 2, 2020

While Governors in several states are trying to crack open the door on the shuttered U.S. economy, the news from two key elements of a would-be revival – employment and…

Fact or Fiction: Debt Relief in the Time of Coronavirus

Fact or Fiction: Debt Relief in the Time of Coronavirus

By Bill Fay | March 20, 2020

Truth, they say, is the first casualty of war. And on March 13, President Donald Trump put America on a war footing. We’re coming for you, coronavirus. Speaking from the…