Nowadays, running out of checks probably
doesn't happen too often. The number of checks written out by people
fell by more than half between 2000 and 2012, according to a Federal
Reserve study released recently. But, when you finally do use up
that last check, you may be hit with quite a shock. Checks ordered
through your bank can cost $25 or more per box. But, you can search
the Web for cheaper checks (and more personal designs) as long as
you ensure the check printing company is a reputed one.
A quick survey of online prices for standard
checks shows that you can easily save a lot by ordering through a
third-party vendor. If going to a third-party vendor, rather than to
your bank, makes you insecure remember that banks don't really print
checks themselves anyway. They send your check order to a
third-party printer, say Deluxe or Harland Clarke. By going to an
outside vendor, you're really cutting out the middleman.