|Written by Natalie Mullins|
Balancing your checkbook is one of the most important things you can do. It helps you keep up with the actual amount of money you have and ensures that your balance. Many people do not make it a regular habit of balancing their checkbook and they really should. It can take a couple of moments to do and many people just simply think they don't have time for it. Balancing your checkbook is very easy to do and it will let you know exactly how much money you have. Keep reading to get a good understanding of how to balance your checkbook.
You will need to have a couple of things handy when balancing your checkbook. You will need to have your checkbook of course, bank statements can help and you will need a pen and calculator. Before starting with subtracting and adding, take the time to look over your checks and make sure the amounts you have written done match the amount on the checks or statement. You should also make sure to look over the deposits you have written down. Make sure what you have written down matches what is on the bank statements.
If you are someone who uses a debit or ATM card regularly, make sure you check those as well. If you happen to see something you do not write down, take the time to write them down in the checkbook. You will need to make sure that you made the transaction and someone else didn't.
While writing thing down in your checkbook, make sure you include things such as any interest payments and bank fees if any. Check to see if you have any outstanding checks that have not be cashed yet. After doing all the reconciling you will then get started on calculating your balance in your checkbook.
To do that you will simply take the ending balance from your bank statement and place it one the balance line in your checkbook. Under that write the amount of deposits you have made and then on the next line, you will enter the amount of checks you have written as well as ATM and debit purchases. Once you have done that, you can begin to calculate your remaining balance. That should end up being your remaining balance. Make sure you wrote everything down correctly so you do not end up over drawn with the bank and end up owing huge fees.
Balancing your check book is very simple and can be done any time from the comfort of your own home. Take the time to sit down once a month to make sure your checkbook is balances and you are on your way.