Checks were once a popular method of payment and every bank account holder knew how to fill in a check and check stubs. As credit and debit cards have become more popular, however, many people do not know how to correctly fill out all parts of a check. Checks are extremely simple to use and are often safer and more convenient than cash, especially for larger transactions. Checks are also used regularly for business purposes so it is important to know how to fill out the check stub to be accounted for later.
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Write in all the relevant details on the check stub before you write the check itself. Doing so will prevent you from forgetting when your transaction was completed. It is important to write in these details or there will be deficit when it comes to balancing the check book.
Use a blue or black pen whenever writing on a check stub. Either color is easily legible and if you are writing checks for a business, may be the required color for your workplace. Make a note of the check's number on the check stub. Most check numbers are found in the top right hand corner of the check. If your check book does not have numbers on each check, number them in numerical order as you use them.
Write the date of issue of the check on the check stub. If you are postdating the check (which many businesses will not allow), write the postdate on the stub as well beside the current date. Write in the location of the business where you are using the check or where the individual lives. Also note down the payee's information. If it is given to a person, write in the person's name. If it is used in payment to a business, write down the business's name. You may also find it helpful to make a note of what you are paying for (for example, groceries or electricity) as you may not remember when it comes time to balance your account.
Be clear when writing in the amount of payment on the check stub. This is especially important if you are submitting the stub to a business accountant as illegible writing may cause her to make a mistake. If the check is a personal check, it is also advisable to write legibly as you will need it to balance the checkbook later and also because you may require the check stub for proof of payment.