//Checking Anatomy 101

Writing a check is still the most common way to use your money to buy stuff. If you’ve never written a check before, the whole thing might seem a bit confusing. Don’t worry, it’s actually pretty easy. Follow the diagram below and you’ll be an checking expert in no time:

  • Your name is pre-printed for I.D. purposes.
  • The check number is used to identify the check.
  • Write the month, date and year.
  • Write the name of the person or company you are paying.
  • Enter the dollar amount here.
  • Write out the dollar amount in words, starting as far to the left as possible. Fill in any remaining space with a line to prevent anyone from changing your amount.
  • This identifies your financial institution.
  • The memo line can be used as an optional reminder.
  • Sign your name.
  • The routing number identifies the financial institution of the account and directs funds from there.
  • Your account number.

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