Is it OK to buy checks at a place other than my bank?
Is it safe to order checks via a newspaper circular, such as Designer Checks? My bank charges $25-plus to ship and handle two boxes of checks that cost $30.—Sau-Mei Leung Clinton, MA
Yes, it’s safe to buy checks from printers other than the one your bank uses. We actually recommend doing so. The company you mentioned is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. But its $43 price for two boxes of basic blue checks with standard trackable shipping and handling is still too pricey for our pocketbook.
Instead, buy from Costco, where $14.18 buys 500 basic checks for Gold Star members, plus $7.75 for standard trackable shipping. The total cost is only $22, a 60 percent savings over your bank’s heist.
For more news and articles about personal finance, subscribe to our feed.
Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers or sponsors on this website. Copyright © 2007-2013 Consumers Union of U.S.