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A Visual Example of How to Write a Check

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Maybe it's your first time, or maybe it's been a long time. If you want to see an example of how to write a check you're in the right place. We've got a description of each step with pictures to help you get done quickly. In addition, you'll find some important tips to help you write a scam-proof check (and the headaches that come with cleaning up your account after a thief has drained it).

Before you sit down to write a check, consider whether or not you really need to do so. Checks are a fine way to pay, but there are alternatives that might be faster, more convenient, and cheaper. For example, you can:

  • Pay bills online (and even tell your bank to send a check automatically each month). You won't need to write the check, pay for postage, or get the check in the mail
  • Get a debit card and pay with that instead. You'll pay out of the same account, but you'll do it electronically. No need to use up checks (which you'll have to re-order), and you'll have an electronic record of your transaction.
  • Set up electronic payments for regular payments like utility bills and insurance premiums. There's generally no charge, and it makes your life easy. Just be sure that you've always got enough cash in your account to cover the bill.
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Start by writing in the date and payee.How to Write a Check - Step 1How to Write a Check - Step 2Here's an example of what can happen if you're not careful when writing a check.How to Write a Check - Step 3In this step, you write out the amount of your payment using words instead of numerals.How to Write a Check - Step 4
At this point you sign your check, and you can write a memo if you like.How to Write a Check - Step 5To be extra careful, you can also draw a line through any excess space in the small box.How to Write a Check - Step 6 - Extra CautionCopy Information from a Check to Your Check RegisterHow to Write a Check - Step 7 - Record in Check Register
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