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Cheapest Way To Buy Checks
The cost of added check security is probably more manageable for consumers, who write checks occasionally, than it is for businesses that write thousands or even millions of checks per year. Compare your costs with the potential fallout from fraud, Carlsson says.
Another benefit of going outside your bank for checks is you might find a larger selection of colors and styles. In fact, you can find checks online with almost any image or theme you can imagine, from fine art to college sports teams to cats doing yoga.
You may also find an opportunity to do a little good with your check order. Many charitable associations, such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, raise money by putting their names and logos on checks. Expect to pay more for fancier checks incorporating special designs.
Even so, checks aren't completely extinct yet. The Federal Reserve reported that the number of checks used in 2015 was nearly 18 billion. Maybe your landlord still prefers to receive rent payments the old-fashioned way. Perhaps you run a small business that handles many transactions in the form of checks. In any case, when your checkbook runs out, you might wonder how to get a new set without paying $30 or more.
It's important that the routing, account and check numbers are printed in the font associated with magnetic ink character recognition, or MICR. The numbers themselves may need to be printed in magnetic ink, which helps financial institutions automatically read and process checks.
Typically, you'll find an order form for more checks within your checkbook. However, as Gonzalez says, ordering checks through your bank is usually the most expensive option. The cost can be up to nearly 30 cents per check, depending on the bank and complexity of the order.
However, many banks offer customers free checks. "As the banking environment gets more competitive, banks are doing everything they can do to attract more customers," says Austin Weyenberg, founder of personal finance blog The Logic of Money. For instance, Weyenberg says he banks with Discover and can order checks for free. Other banks, such as Bank of America, often provide free checks to their premium checking customers.
"There are plenty of other places that you can get checks that may be cheaper than your bank," says Weyenberg. For instance, one option for ordering cheap checks is going through retailers such as Sam's Club, Walmart and Costco.
Check Gallery is an Earth-friendly check printer that produces personal and business checks. It offers many exclusive designs that support causes including animals, environmental protection and various charities. It also allows you to create custom photo checks.
Online custom printing company Vistaprint allows you to order checks online for less as well. Choose from hundreds of designs or customize your own. The cost of shipping depends on the order total and shipping speed, but starts at $5.99 for eight business days.
Walmart offers its own check printing service at Walmartchecks.com. You can order personal checks with hundreds of design options, as well as business checks. Walmart also offers custom checks through its photo checks service.
It is possible to print checks yourself using specialized software for formatting checks, such as QuickBooks, and check stock paper that's designed to prevent your checks from being copied or altered.
The use of financial checks dates back to the 11th century, when a merchant in the city of Basra (present-day Iraq) sent written instructions to his bank, ordering the institution to make a payment from his account. Modern-day printed checks were introduced in England in the 18th century and became the most common way to exchange money in the U.S. by the mid-19th century.
For checks that have posted to your account, you can view a copy by signing on to Wells Fargo Online and clicking the icon beside the check number on the Account Details page, or access Request Copies through the