Checkbook Balancing Tips Camp Lejeune NC

It is one of our least favorite things to do. No one wants to think about tracking their finances in Camp Lejeune, but it is the only way to make sure that we are keeping up with and not exceeding our available funds. Here are five tips for balancing that dreaded checkbook that, once started, will become second nature every month.

Mr. Joseph R. Mclaughlin, CFP®
(910) 937-1177
200 Valencia Dr
Jacksonville, NC
Firm
First Command

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Mr. Ross M Van Klaveren, CFP®
(210) 456-7240
1447 Western Blvd Ste 100
Jacksonville, NC
Firm
USAA Wealth Management
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Government Employees

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Mr. Marion V. Rains Iii, CFP®
(910) 617-3543
1171 Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC
Firm
Navy Federal Financial Group
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, General Financial Planning, Government and Military, Insurance Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Government Employees

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Mrs. Stephanie M. Jeunette, CFP®
239 Parnell Rd
Hubert, NC
Firm
Simplified Outsourcing Solutions, LLC

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Bank of America - Country Club Road
(910) 355-4238
1726 Country Club Road
Jacksonville, NC
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits, Drive Up
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Drive Up, Deposit Image
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-5
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-1
Sunday Closed
Drive Up Hours
Monday 9-5
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-1
Sunday Closed

Ms. Korene Zue Phillips Marsh, CFP®
(910) 347-5900
302 B Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC
Firm
First Citizens Investor Servic
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000



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Mr. Scott C Rainville, CFP®
(919) 751-8772
200 Valencia Dr
Jacksonville, NC
Firm
First Command Financial Planning
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Government and Military, Insurance Planning, Investment Management

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Mr. Richard L. Pugh, CFP®
(910) 455-6400
824 Gum Branch Rd Ste I
Jacksonville, NC
Firm
Financial Security Management,
Areas of Specialization
Estate Planning, Government and Military, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Small Business Planning

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Mr. Charles Robert Jones, CFP®
(704) 348-9535
103 Fairytale Ln
Surf City, NC
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Wells Fargo - Brynn Marr
(910) 353-0068
146 Western Blvd
Jacksonville, NC
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 09:00 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 09:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

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Checkbook Balancing Tips

It is one of our least favorite things to do. No one wants to think about tracking their finances, but it is the only way to make sure that we are keeping up with and not exceeding our available funds. Here are five tips for balancing that dreaded checkbook that, once started, will become second nature every month.

Your main tool in the war on checkbooks is the ledger. You get one with each box of checks that you order. It is where we write our beginning balance for that book of checks and the number and amount of each check written on the account. The ledger is also used for recording cash machine withdrawals, interest earned, and any banking fees deducted each month.

1. Keep all of your receipts. The main reason we balance our checkbook is to reconcile all the money we have spent that week or month. Receipts, especially for ATM withdrawals, remind us to record it in our ledger so we don’t forget anything.

2. Record all transactions on that account in your ledger book each day. This can be tedious but it works. I’ve seen people write in their ledger as soon as they write a check at the counter. Believe me, you’ll forget about ever doing it if you don’t do it straight away. People who don’t use duplicate checks are in the most trouble, unless they have a photographic memory.

3. Don’t believe the bank balance. We are easily fooled into thinking that the bank knows something that we don’t. The bank can sometimes be a day or more behind your ledger. If the bank says that you have $200 and your ledger says $95, believe the ledger. This is a major way that people overspend when they don’t record written checks.

4. Check your bank statement against your ledger at the end of each month. This is where you will find the amount of interest earned, banking fees, and ATM fees. It is usually these items that keep our checkbook balance from matching the bank’s balance at the end of each month. When a check clears, place a check mark next to it in the ledger so you know it is paid.

5. Record all automatic debits and direct deposits in your ledger. It is easy to forget things when you don’t see them. Your job should give you a check stub when you direct deposit so you can keep track of how much money you are making. Bills that come out automatically during the month need to be recorded on the day they are supposed to be debited so they aren’t overlooked.

It is easy to forget how much money we have and rely on the bank to tell us. The bank is not always up to the minute in its processing and this can present a problem for those of us who don’t keep track of your finances. Do yourself a favor - be proactive and use these tips to balance your checkbook and avoid overdraft charges.

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