When you receive your checks, you will also receive a check register. This register is important because it is your record of how much money you have in your account, what checks you have written, and what deposits you have made.
- List the number of the check you are writing. The check number is found in the upper right corner of each check. This number will be printed on your monthly checking account statement when that check is returned to you.
- Write the name of the person or the company to whom you are making the payment.
- Write the purpose of the check so you will later remember why you made each payment or which particular month is covered by that check.
- Enter the date you are writing the check.
- List the amount of the check you are going to write or the amount of the deposit you are going to make. Make sure you record the exact amount that you write on the check or the deposit ticket.
- Write the amount remaining in your checking account after subtracting the check or adding the deposit.
- Mark off each check that has cleared when you balance your checkbook each month.