I don’t use many checks, most of my payments are done online so one box lasts a few months. I am also usually very good at avoiding the numerous fees the banks try to slap on me. Once every few months however my bank screws me on $25 which is around how much a box of personal checks costs at Citibank.
I was so foolish to believe that I have to use my own bank for the checks. Big mistake! I just discovered today that Walmart offers a check printing service and a box of singles costs just $5.96 plus $2.50 for standard shipping. Here is a quote from Walmartchecks.com
Don’t I have to order checks from my bank?
You can order checks anywhere you choose. Our checks are convenient to order, meet all bank requirements, and are often priced dramatically lower.
I am glad this issue is solved. The check printing expense has even prompted me to move to Washington Mutual at some point but that didn’t work out well because I became addicted to the free overnight interbank transfers Citibank offers to its customers ($1000 daily cap applies). It usually takes several days for a regular ACH transfer to complete.
What services do you use for check printing? Are you happy with them? Please share your tips in the comments.