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VistaPrint: 25 checks for under $5

Paper checks are a relic of a monetary system based on physical objects, along with bartering tokens, metal coins, and paper dollar bills. I make nearly all of my financial transactions digitally, so I almost never write checks. For the dinosaurs that require paper checks, I log into my Chase checking account and have checks mailed for free (no postage charge).

In certain rare cases, I need to write a check in less than the 5 days or so it takes Chase to mail them. So, I do need to keep a small number of blank paper checks around. Depending on your bank, you may be able to get these for free with your checking account, but Chase wanted to charge me $25 for a book of checks.

I looked at few check-printing sites, and found VistaPrint to be the best. For the curious, the others I considered were bestvaluechecks.com and freestyleschecks.com. For only shipping and handling ($4.80), you can choose a design, enter your checking account information, and receive 25 checks. I brought the checks to my Chase branch, and they verified that they're as good as the ones Chase would print. I haven't had any trouble using these checks, and 25 of them should last me a few years.

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