When you run out of checks, the first thing you may think of is to order new ones from your bank but that’s rarely the cheapest option.
In this article, we’re cover some alternatives to ordering checks from your bank — places where you can get new checks online.
Where to order cheap checks online
Given the high price that most banks charge for checkbooks, it’s surprising how many people don’t realize you don’t have to get them through your financial institution — and you can save a lot of money if you don’t.
Keep in mind that with all these check printing alternatives, you have full control over the starting check number and custom/stock logos or monogram over signature line (OSL).
Bradford Exchange Checks
Bradford Exchange Checks advertises “up to 70% off bank prices.” The site has more than 800 different designs and trackable, guaranteed secure delivery. Additional services like EZShield and EZShield PRO identity protection are also available.
Carousel Checks is another check-ordering site with a good selection. The site bills its prices as being up to 80% cheaper than banks. Checks with classic parchment go for as low as $5.99 per pack.
Checks in the Mail
Checks in the Mail is online retailer sells checkbooks for as low as $6.49 per pack of 100 checks. Its parent company, Harland Clarke, sells personalized checks direct.
Costco, the wholesaler, sells checks along with nearly everything else. Costco Checks is operated by Harland Clarke. Costco members qualify for an additional discount on checks.
Current Catalog is a site that lets you choose from dozens of checks at up to 50% off bank prices. Be on the lookout for their buy 3, get one free deal.
SuperValue Checks is a budget check-ordering site that gives customers a “same low price first time, every time” guarantee.” Checks cost as little as $3.95 per pack of 60.
Vistaprint, known for its business card services, also prints checks that you can design yourself.
Walmart Checks is a service offers a host of designer checks from Disney and Star Wars to the ASPCA. You can also order photo checks, which allow you to upload personal photos to design your own custom checks.
Before you order checks…
You’re going to need to have some vital information to order checks. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Address and other personal info
- Your account number
- Your routing number
If you don’t have that information, just call your bank and they can tell you what you need to know.
You can ask for an MICR Specification Sheet, which is a form that has the right digits and spacing so your checks can be processed correctly.
Customer service numbers for the major banks
- Wells Fargo customer service number is 1 (800) 869-3557
- JP Morgan Chase customer service number is 1 (800) 935-9935
- Bank of America customer service number is 1 (800) 432-1000
- Citi customer service number is 1 (800) 374-9700