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Directions: Stayin$ in line with your budget is nearly impossible without tracking your spending. If a check is returned to you because you do not have enough money in your checking account, you will be faced with the
a bounced check, called a nonsufficient funds (NSF) fee. Not to mention the hassle and embarrassment ofhaving to re-send the check.

The bank gives you an organizer with your checks, sometimes called a check register. you may also find general account register forms online, through personal finance software, or you could even create your own. Whichever form you decide to use, keeping a written record of your transactions is important when it comes to managing your fi nances.

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The trick is to record your transactions at the moment you make it instead of trying to remember to fill it in later. It may seem like a lot of work at flrst, but it will be easy once you make a habit of doing it. Don't fall into the trap ofjust going online and checking your account. Banking online is convenient, but without a paper record you']l miss errors in transactions-and it can happen. Also, simply tracking your account online will not give you an accurate balance. T,ransactions that haven't posted, like outstanding debit card purchases or checks, will not have been factored into your available balance. In short, not keeping a written account register is just lazy money management, and it will catch up with you

Fill out a new accountregister for ea,ch, rnonth. At the en-td of the month, reconcile (compare Jbr accuracy) your toritten record with your bank stqtement (either print or online uersion). Be sure to keep both uri,tten and, electronic files of all financio.l records.
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Number or Code: If you've written a check, write the check number here (found in the upper right corner of your check). If you have another type of transaction, use a code: DC for Debit Card, ATM for cash withdrawal, T for transfer, D for deposit, etc. Date: Always record the date of all transactions. Description of Transaction: Make a quick note about the transaction so you'Il remember at the end of the month when reconciling your account. Tracking your purchases in this way will also help when writing a budget for the next month.

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