"Why it is/was important to me to have the bank return my checks"

  1. Lying around the house this week, inhaling Vicks Vapor Rub fumes, I was thinking about why I liked receiving my cancelled checks from the bank. The reason is: They are a journal of my life. Many things I have forgotten. I can get out an old box of checks and look through them and the old check register and together they provide memory cues of many things I have totally forgotten. I saved them with the idea that someday , when my life is slower, and I have time to sit out on the porch in a rocking chair, these old cancelled checks would provide many hours of memories.
    How can I achieve this with a computerized bank statement?
    P.S/ I also have cancelled checks my grandparents wrote in the 50's.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Lausana
    Really? My CU doesn't return checks...but Walmart does now after they process them I guess I can have fond memories of my spending way to much everytime I'm there!

    I bet the ones from your grandparents are interesting, in my great grandma's scrapbook she had receipts from her hospital stays having her babies and wow is that wierd to see!
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    Originally posted by passing thru
    Lying around the house this week, inhaling Vicks Vapor Rub fumes, I was thinking about why I liked receiving my cancelled checks from the bank. The reason is: They are a journal of my life. Many things I have forgotten. I can get out an old box of checks and look through them and the old check register and together they provide memory cues of many things I have totally forgotten. I saved them with the idea that someday , when my life is slower, and I have time to sit out on the porch in a rocking chair, these old cancelled checks would provide many hours of memories.
    How can I achieve this with a computerized bank statement?
    P.S/ I also have cancelled checks my grandparents wrote in the 50's.
    You really need to get out a little more.
    -Russell
  5. by   geekymomma
    I agree with Russell. However, I have saved a couple of paychecks from when my hubby and I were first married. I made $650 a month (full time) back in 1982. He made something like $5 per hour working at a muffler store. And, we thought we were rich!
  6. by   passing thru
    Ha Ha Don't get me REALLY started !! LOL I have a few of my great -aunts' paycheck stubs where , as an LPN , she made $1.20 an hour. And, my folks old income tax statements too. I think I'm a packrat...LOL Even put flooring in the attic one year and hung pictures on the walls and mirrors, and moved everything from 4 generations up there. Now, I could start selling a lot of old junk on e-bay. Lots of junk..
    Seriously, the years fly by so quickly, all these records are fun to look at when you're old and laid up..it shows where the time went.... I was at Walmart , a lot !!!...e.g.
  7. by   J-RN student
    I shred mine - I think you need a hobby!:chuckle :chuckle
  8. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Yeah, I don't see why you need to hang on to all those. I do like to get them back for some reason, but really only because they're MINE, and I paid way too much for them, so I should have the pleasure of destroying them!

    Occasionally there's one I'll save, but it's usually only because I feel I may need something to prove payment or something.

    Heather
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    BTW - if my bank decided to start charging for this service, I'd just cancel it. It's not THAT important to me.

    Heather
  10. by   delirium
    I belong to a credit union and I don't get my checks back. Which is ok with me because I also have those two part duplicate checks for proof of payment and my bank statement.

    I am notorious for getting rid of everything, though. I am the antithesis of a pack rat.
  11. by   emily_mom
    I don't get my checks back either. They are stored at the main bank so you can get them if needed. Last year my loan bank processed my car payment as 50 instead of 500. Sure was nice to be able to retrieve it....but I have no desire to receive them here.

    I agree, purge....

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