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Keeping Track of Your Checking Account



Keeping Track of Your Checking Account
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.95

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    calculation, explanation, pointed, postings, checkbook, debit, withdrawal, transaction, register, actually, especially, whatever, underneath, part, costs, deposit
     content words:    Then Kate


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Keeping Track of Your Checking Account
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     "Now comes the hard part," Kate told Josh. "You have to keep track of all your deposits and withdrawals. You always need to know how much money is in your account. You don't want to bounce a check. That will cost you money."
 
2     Josh was glad Kate was helping him with his new checking account. He knew he'd never have been able to figure all this out on his own.
 
3     Kate turned to the front of Josh's starter kit. There was a page that had words, columns, and gray and white lines on them. "This is your check register," she said. "This is where you keep track of all the activity on your account."
 
4     Josh just shook his head at all the lines, boxes, and words. "Oh, boy," he said, "this does look hard."
 
5     "It will be okay, once you get the hang of it. The hardest part is remembering to write in every transaction you make," Kate assured him.
 
6     "What's a transaction?" Josh asked.
 
7     "That means any time there is any activity on your account. Transactions include deposits, interest postings, and any withdrawals. This includes anything you do with your debit card or at an ATM," Kate said. "Let's get started with the transactions you've already done."
 
8     Josh said, "Let's see, so far I've made two deposits and written one check."
 
9     "That's right," Kate said. "Let's write in the deposits first."
 
10     She pointed to the first gray line on the check register. She told Josh to write the date of his first deposit in the box on the far left. Then Kate said to write "deposit" in the long box next to it. She pointed to the white line underneath. "This is where you write an explanation about whatever you wrote on the gray line," she said. "For example, since this was cash, you should write ‘cash' on the gray line."
 
11     Josh did as he was told. "Now what?" he asked.

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