Review & Giveaway

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As many of you know, our daughter is at the point in her life where she’s transitioning from that mentality of ‘child/teen’ to ‘adult.’
As parents it’s tough to always know when and where to help or the times to just step back and wait to see if a decision or plan of your ‘almost adult’ crashes & burns.  When it comes to finances we’ve chosen to help, we feel that too many young adults have no idea how to manage their money and we don’t want our daughter to be in that leaky boat.  As homeshoolers we’ve had the opportunity to include daily economics into our studies and I think it’s gone pretty well.

And then she got her first job.  And her first paycheck.  And Mom and Dad had to hope that all the financial wisdom they passed on would stick.

And it did!

She opened a local bank account to deposit that first check in, and she chose to opt in to one with the least amount of fees and no overdraft (smart kid; she was actually listening to us, who knew?).  She has seen us over the years give off our paycheck first to church and charities and wanted to do the same.

Her bank account though has a trade off for the low fees, and that is that almost all the banking needs to be done electronically.  That’s not really a problem with her debit card when she wants to shop, but for giving back she then had to us cash and the ATM only dispenses $$ in $20 increments.  Banks are starting to go away from in branch transactions also and if she does more than one of those a month she does get hit with a fee.

So she realized the best way to go about giving was to do so by writing a check once a month (she’s allowed three free check transactions on her account per month).  Since the bank didn’t supply her with any, she needed to get some on her own.

So it was a great thing that right about the same time offered a box of checks for us to review.  Amber headed over to their website to find checks that would suit her personality.

I thought for sure she would pick something like this:

or this:

or use one of her own drawings and make a custom photo check out of it.

But she surprised me and actually chose these Out of This World Planets checks:

She said they were more ‘grown-up’ (speaking to the mother who has a set of Minion checks in her purse…) and since she’s currently writing a story about space, it’s something she’s interested in right now.

They were simple to set up and order. lets you know everything you need to get your checks to adhere to any state banking rules and where to insert all the routing and account information.  They also offer the EZ-Shield security option for an additional fee of $1.95 per box (which we took advantage of) that will forward your loss of funds up to $25,000 within 72 hours should your checks be used fraudulently to keep you solvent while your bank investigates the suspicious activity.  That in my mind is insurance worth paying for.

The checks arrived in a timely manner and Amber was excited to get them so that she can easily give back some of her earnings to help others.

Having ordered checks from other sources before, I found the checks and service from of high quality and would not hesitate to use them again.  And since they offer a 110% Lowest Price Guarantee, you’ll always find the check designs they offer the lowest price online!  Plus you can join their free VIP program to get special offers and discounts.

I’ll end on a fun note for you all.  I teamed up with, to giveaway a box of checks.  You can enter below to try and win!

This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents ages 18+ and older. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and will be randomly chosen. By entering this giveaway you are stating that you have read and agree to the Privacy Statement and Giveaway Rules posted on our site. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  Giveaway ends 2/28/14 at 8:00 AM CST.

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