Don’t Float Checks To Cover Your Expenses


If you’re running low on personal funds, and you have no room left on your credit card, it may occur too you to float a check or two to pay for essentials. The idea behind floating is that you can write a check for a purchase, and deposit the money to cover it in your bank account before the check clears. As foolproof as this might seem, it can be a very costly way to make ends meet.

First, the time needed to clear a check has been greatly reduced in recent years. Banks have started using substitute checks in place of real checks – the substitute checks are legally valid instruments which allow banks to process deposits and debits much more quickly. In years past, clearing a check could take a week or more; today, it can be done in just a day or two.

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