(Closed) How do you write out your checks?

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

She’s wrong.  It SAYS dollars, you just have to put the amount.

When I write mine and there are no cents, I just put the number with a line and not 0/100.  


If it has cents, I’ll do 30 and 30/100.

Post # 4
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I write “thirty dollars and 00/100”

I think either is totally acceptable…


Post # 5
1278 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t write out checks!  I have a checking account, but no checks and I pay everything online.  

Although back when I had a checkbook, I wrote thirty and no/100 with a line going over to the word dollars.  

Post # 6
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@coyote:  I thought adding “dollars” was repetitious and write it the same as you: “Thirty and 00/100 dollars”. My mom writes checks that way (always has) and that’s how I was taught in personal finance class in high school.

I would have been flustered and wouldn’t have said anything, but it would have been great to say, “Nooooo… it says dollars. You don’t have to write it twice.” and she what she said. How annoying! 

ETA: When you have to write checks for multiple hundreds, “dollars” takes up valuable space!  

Post # 7
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I used to write the amount without “dollars” up until one day when our lease office called and said my bank wanted “dollars” handwritten.  They wouldn’t deposit our rent check until I fixed it.

Post # 8
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I always write “dollars”. I used to work in a bank and that’s the way that we were taught to accept them. We wouldn’t refuse a check if it didn’t have it written but as far as they’re concerned, that’s the “proper” way to do it. 

Post # 9
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I rarely write checks, but when I do I put Thirty and 0/100


Post # 10
16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Yeah I never write “dollars” either because it’s pre-printed on the check. I didn’t realize that could be a problem — I’ve never had an issue with it!

Post # 12
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I never ever ever write dollars. I would have done Thirty and 00/100 too.

Post # 13
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would be SO FIRED UP if some place told me I had to write dollars.  It says dollars ON THE CHECK.  I am a little fired up over this right now for some reason, probably because that lady was such a jerk to the OP…


Post # 14
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I never write dollars either. It’s already there!

Post # 15
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Dollars is pre-printed on the check; thus “Thirty and ~~~~~ 00/100” is what I would write. You were right, she was incorrect, and furthermore, RUDE.

Post # 16
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was reading this as I was on the phone with my dad (the ultimate check writer, because he and my mom do not believe in credit cards/debit cards or paying on line), and he’s pretty sure that in 40 years of check writing, he’s never written the word “dollar”.

Me personally, if i’m having a particularly good handwriting day I’ll write out dollar (even though, clearly, you don’t have to)…but most times it’s just the Thirty and


She must never write big checks because when paying my mortgage I barely have enough room to write the 84/100…

I would have probably laughed at her, told her to Google it, and then muttered the word “idiot” as I left the doctor’s office…but I’m snarky like that when people tell me stupid things like how to “correctly” write a check…

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