Each month, the bills start coming in and for some it can be a lot to manage! Some vendors allow online management and some don't, so now you're scrambling to make sure you keep track of each one and don't miss your payment. Not to mention everything else going on in life that could easily sidetrack your day.
Introducing HFS Bill Pay!
Ok, so we’re not really “introducing” Bill Pay since it’s been around for a while, but for some of you this may be your first time hearing of it! Essentially, Bill Pay is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an online payment center, accessed through HFS Online Banking, that lets you to pay your bills. Some vendors are already programmed into the system and you’ll just need your account number or other specific information for that vendor to link your account and have your bill paid. If a vendor isn’t already in the system, it’s just as easy to add a new one and input their information. Many bills are paid strictly online, allowing Bill Pay to electronically transfer the funds to complete the payment. However, when that is not an option, a check is cut and mailed to that vendor on the scheduled date of your payment.
Notice above I mentioned the “scheduled date of payment”. That’s right, you can schedule the date you want your payment to be processed! This way you can set it up ahead of time and not have to worry about missing it. Along with that comes the ability to AutoPay your bills. Avoid the hassles of missing payments of scheduling them one at a time. Pay a set amount on a regular schedule. Your payments are automatically scheduled as soon as the previous one is delivered.
Instead of visiting separate websites to view your bill, enable eBills. An electronic copy of your bill is sent directly to Bill Pay, which sends you a reminder when your bill is due so you can go in and schedule payment if AutoPay is not enabled.
Who can I pay?
The first paragraph above mentions vendors, however, Bill Pay allows you to pay anyone in the United States that you would normally pay by check, automatic debit, or cash. That includes companies, friends and family members, your landlord, or even service providers like your babysitter or the electrician.
Interested in trying out Bill Pay? Visit our website at www.hfsfcu.org to learn more about Bill Pay, or log on to Online Banking and hover over “Bill Payment”. If using it for the first time, you will need to enroll so you will want to choose “Enrollment Options”. If not, choose “Pay Bills” and take a look at all the features mentioned above!