Staff Writer

Bill Fay

Bill “No Pay” Fay has lived a meager financial existence his entire life. He started writing/bragging about it in 2012, helping birth Debt.org into existence as the site’s original “Frugal Man.” Prior to that, he spent more than 30 years covering the high finance world of college and professional sports for major publications, including the Associated Press, New York Times and Sports Illustrated. His interest in sports has waned some, but he is as passionate as ever about not reaching for his wallet. Bill can be reached at [email protected].

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Can Debt Collectors Track You Down on Facebook?

By Bill Fay | June 17, 2021

Imagine logging on to Facebook and finding a new message in your inbox. It’s not from a family member or an old friend. Instead, it’s a debt collector asking why…

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Breaking Down Your FICO Score

By Bill Fay | June 17, 2021

You may know your credit score, but understanding how you are graded can be a tool to help you raise your score in the future, and avoid repeating the mistakes…

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How Do I Get My Credit Score up to 800?

By Bill Fay | June 17, 2021

You don’t have to be a millionaire to know what achieving that financial ranking means. Being a millionaire means you have crossed a huge economic threshold. Doors open. Opportunities are…

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How to Cut Your Utility Bills This Winter, No Matter Your Heating Fuel

By Bill Fay | June 10, 2021

As the temperature outside drops, your utility bill is on the rise. We get it. It’s cold outside and you want to keep warm and cozy inside, but before you…

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What to Do About an Eviction

By Bill Fay | June 9, 2021

There have been so many dispiriting numbers resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that it’s hard to pick which one is the worst, but here is one that belongs somewhere near…

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Best Places to Get a Debt Consolidation Loan in 2020

By Bill Fay | May 28, 2021

If the pile of bills you’re dealing with from credit card companies has grown out of control, it might be time to consider a debt consolidation loan. In many cases,…

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10 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Paying Off Debt

By Bill Fay | May 27, 2021

The decision to get yourself out of debt is a life changer, if you are willing to make the necessary commitment that goes with that. You can learn how to get out of debt and how…

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Phone Bills Bring a Holiday Surprise: 62 Percent in Fees

By Bill Fay | May 27, 2021

Do you know anything about the California Relay and Community Surcharge or the Texas Poison Control Fee? How about the Federal Excise Tax? Or the Universal Service Fee? Those are…

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10 Things to Know When Shopping for a Car

By Bill Fay | May 27, 2021

There are 250 million registered passenger vehicles in the U.S. today — and just 115 million American households. According to government statistics, 57 percent of those households have two or…

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Compound Interest: How It Works

By Bill Fay | May 27, 2021

Compound interest is a powerful tool for building wealth. It’s also a devastating tool that can destroy wealth. It just depends on which side of the financial equation you use…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Investing

By Bill Fay | May 27, 2021

Everyone wants investments, but far fewer have them. In some cases, a catastrophic health problem or some other disaster wipes out a person’s savings, but most of the time the…

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Finding the Right Financial Adviser You Can Trust

By Bill Fay | May 27, 2021

They say money makes the world go ’round. That well may be true, but you don’t have gravity and other universal constants to keep your financial world in a constant…

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These 7 Habits Will Help You Become Rich

By Bill Fay | May 26, 2021

Humans are creatures of habit, and a lot of us creatures are in debt. What habits got us there? How did we fall into a life of anxiety over credit…

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How To Stretch Your Dollar Until Payday

By Bill Fay | May 25, 2021

Stretching dollars until the next paycheck arrives has become a regular practice in America. More than 38 million U.S. households are pinching pennies between paydays and the surprising fact about…

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Traveling on a Budget: 10 Tips to Save Cash

By Bill Fay | May 23, 2021

We all know traveling isn’t cheap or easy. Depending on the destination and the length of stay, a vacation can take months of researching, planning and saving. Despite this, people…

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When You Can’t Afford Your Electric Bill

By Bill Fay | May 23, 2021

Budgets take a beating during the summer and it’s not just from the money spent on vacation. Going to see Grandma or spending a week at the beach are seen…

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Filing for Bankruptcy? Don’t Make These Costly Mistakes

By Bill Fay | May 23, 2021

Bankruptcy is a life-changing experience, but if you want it to be a positive one, it’s best to know what NOT to do before filing. Too many consumers attempt to…

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Gray Charges Have Credit Card Customers Seeing Red

By Bill Fay | May 20, 2021

As if high credit card fees and rising interest rates aren’t aggravating enough, a growing number of credit card customers are being sucker-punched by companies sneaking small charges onto cards…

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Hazards of Paying the Minimum Payment on Your Credit Card

By Bill Fay | May 20, 2021

How you treat your monthly credit card bill might reveal as much about your personality as when you scream when under pressure or offer a seat on the bus to…

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What Happens When People Die with Debt: Who Pays?

By Bill Fay | May 20, 2021

Millions of Americans are getting buried in debt, literally. A shocking number are dying with unpaid mortgages, car loans, student loans and credit cards. It’s shocking in the sense that…

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Obama, Congress Deride For-Profit Schools’ Preying on Veterans

By Bill Fay | July 17, 2012

Responding to complaints from thousands of veterans, Congress, the Obama administration and various veterans groups are condemning some of the practices of for-profit schools and colleges that receive hundreds of…

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Economists Debate Good News, Bad News of July Credit Report

By Bill Fay | July 17, 2012

Economists around the globe are crunching the latest G.19 credit numbers released by the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, numbers that show that consumers around the world are still borrowing…

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Increasing Number of FHA Home Loans Fall into Delinquency

By Bill Fay | July 10, 2012

Unlike other sectors of the mortgage market, which appear to be steadying after years of turmoil, FHA loans are falling into delinquency and foreclosure at an alarming rate. A recent…

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Report: Reverse Mortgages Being Used by Young Borrowers

By Bill Fay | July 5, 2012

A recent consumer report indicated the government-insured reverse mortgage program, once intended to help seniors continue living in their homes free from financial constraints during the retirement years, contains possible…

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Reports: Housing Market Showed Marked Improvement

By Bill Fay | July 2, 2012

After several challenging economic years, the sluggish housing market is said to be on the mend as the number of total home sales show a sales gain. In fact, economists…

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U.S. College Students Consumed by Credit Card Debt

By Bill Fay | July 2, 2012

The results are troubling for economists. In a country riddled with consumer debt — the next generation of American consumers, college students, seem to be following in their parents’ footsteps,…

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Credit Agency: Some Mortgage Modification Strategies Better than Others

By Bill Fay | July 2, 2012

Fallout from the collapse of the U.S. housing market is ongoing, and consumers are only now beginning to learn the effectiveness of various mortgage modification strategies that they used after…

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Veterans Struggle as Much as Other Americans when Wrestling Debt

By Bill Fay | July 2, 2012

Veterans and active duty service members of the U.S. military and their families are struggling as much as everyone else in America with substantial financial problems in the wake of…

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Congress Steps Up, Keeps Stafford Loan Rates at 3.4 percent

By Bill Fay | July 2, 2012

It came down to the wire, but Congress finally voted to help out millions of current and former college students who have accumulated up to $1 trillion in student loans.…