Checkbook Balancing Tips Charlotte NC

It is one of our least favorite things to do. No one wants to think about tracking their finances in Charlotte, 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.

Marilyn Spencer
Rinehart Wealth Management
(704) 374-0646
521 E. Morehead Street, Suite 580
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Socially Responsible Investments, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Giles Almond
Matrix Wealth Advisors, Inc.
(800) 493-3323
831 East Morehead Street, Suite 760
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CIMA, CPA/PFS

Brian Terry
Cornerstone Financial Planners, LLC
(704) 906-2919
3533 Keithcastle Court
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Brian Fenn
Carolina Capital Consulting, Inc.
(704) 541-3199
3111 Springbank Lane, Suite B
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

Daniel Grover
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(704) 759-9060
10706 Sikes Place, Suite 175
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Jonie Parks
Matrix Wealth Advisors, Inc.
(800) 493-3323
831 East Morehead Street, Suite 760
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Cheryl Sherrard
Rinehart Wealth Management
(704) 374-0646
521 E. Morehead Street, Suite 580
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, ATP, CFP®

Karen Keatley
Keatley Wealth Management, LLC
(704) 540-5535
3514 Kingsmeade Court
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

John Gugle
Alpha Financial Advisors, LLC
(704) 716-1100
13925 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 280
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals, College/Education Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CRPC

William Ertel
Tassel Capital Management, Inc.
(704) 814-6780
1258 Mann Drive, Suite 200
Matthews, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CMFC, CPA/PFS

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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