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Financial Services: Care for Your Cash

Lesson 5-1 Checking Accounts

Nothing beats the feel of a crisp new $20 bill in your hand. But as you move toward the “real world” after high school, you’ll run into situations where handing someone cash isn’t the best option — if it’s an option at all. Fortunately, there are plenty more ways to handle payment transactions.

What You’ll LearnUse a checking account.

Taking it Home

  • Ask an older family member if s/he has ever used a check cashing service. If so, ask about the pros and cons to using check cashing services and if there was a fee charged for using the service.

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  • A written check is a contractual agreement used to transfer money from one person to another. When you open a bank account, you sign papers that are also considered a contract. Research the rights and responsibilities of using various payment methods, including check, debit card, money order, or gift cards.

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Talking Points for Parents

While your teen is learning about financial services, consider ways to reinforce learning from home.

  • Take your teen to your own bank or credit union for a first-hand look at the types of services offered. If your teen already has a bank account, this might be a good time for you both to check out any new services or account options.
  • Talk with your teen about whether or not technology has changed the way you spend, track, and save money, including electronic payment options and services.