Checkbook Balancing Tips Raleigh NC

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

Allison Berger
Financial Symmetry, Inc.
(919) 851-8200 ext 202
1511 Sunday Dr. Suite 120
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Michael Palmer
Trust Company of the South
(919) 781-8287
3600 Glenwood Ave. Suite 210
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Holly Nicholson
Financial Planning Services, Inc.
(919) 676-2806
700 Exposition Place, #131
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

Thomas Tillery
Paraklete Financial, Inc.
(919) 872-0192
3120 Highwoods Blvd., Suite 207
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, CRPC, MSFS, EdM

Jennifer Lazarus
Lazarus Financial Planning
(919) 321-0606
5614 Welkin Court
Durham, NC
Expertises
Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Chad Smith
Financial Symmetry, Inc.
(919) 851-8200 ext 202
1511 Sunday Dr. Suite 120
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Chip Hymiller
Beacon Financial Strategies
(919) 321-8625
8376 Six Forks Road, Suite 202
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Financial Issues Between Generations, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Erin Campbell
Beacon Financial Strategies
(919) 321-8625
8376 Six Forks Road, Suite 202
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Tax Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Jeff Seymour
Triangle Wealth Management LLC
(919) 654-7321
1000 Centre Gren Way
Cary, NC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®

Craig Schmith
Craig Schmith
(919) 272-5054
2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 300
Durham, NC
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

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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