//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:
- Write the name of the person or company you are paying.
- Write the month, date and year.
- Enter the dollar amount here.
- The check number is used to identify the check.
- Your name is pre-printed for I.D. purposes.
- This identifies your financial institution.
- The memo line can be used as an optional reminder.
- The routing number identifies the financial institution of the account and directs funds from there.
- Your account number.
- 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.
- Sign your name.
And that’s what a check looks like.
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