I was chatting with a co-worker the other day. She was telling me that she had finally set up an account for her daughter to teach her how to handle money and deal with a debit card. I agreed that it was an important thing for her to learn. We had done the same with Man-Child when he was in high school.
She then went on to tell me about trying to teach her daughter about balancing the check book. I looked at her in shock and then uttered, "But...she can see all her transactions online...she doesn't really need to actually balance the check book..."
My co-worker figures that she balances her check book and that her daughter should as well. Despite the fact that her daughter will probably never actually write out a check in her life.
Now, I don't know about you, but we (The Husband or myself) haven't balanced a check book in YEARS. We write so few actual checks these days; maybe about three a year - in fact up until recently we had been using checks that had our address from three houses ago - that there doesn't seem to be much of a point to it. Yes, we check our activity online to make sure that we aren't being compromised but in our minds, as long as the bank is recording our transactions we are pretty squared up.
So here's the question, are we the weird ones? Is everyone else still physically balancing their check books?
I'll be quite relieved to hear we aren't the only ones, if that is the case, because if I have to go back to the nightmare that balancing a check book was for me, I may just cry. Or better yet, I'll pretend I never read that I should be doing it.