When making a payment, money orders are used instead of checks or cash. Money orders, unlike checks, never bounce, making them a safer option for large payments. This ementes teaches you how to obtain a money order for your next payment!
Part 1: Getting a Money Order
1. Make a decision on the amount of the money order. Many businesses will require you to pay for the money order in cash. You may be able to pay with a credit or debit card in some cases.
2. Go to the bank. If you have a bank account, the quickest way to get a money order is to go to the teller and request one.
Some banks may charge a small fee for money orders, but many offer them for free.
Cashier’s checks, which are similar to money orders, are available from some banks. Before purchasing a cashier’s check instead of a money order, ensure that the recipient will accept one.
Banks provide the benefit of keeping a record of your money order purchase, which may come in handy if the money order is lost.
3. Look into local businesses. Money orders are available for a fee at pharmacies, grocery stores, and places like Walmart. Visit several locations and select the one with the lowest fee.
The amount of the money order may be limited in some establishments. If there is a limit, simply purchase multiple money orders until you have the total amount you require.
4. Try going to the post office. If a money order issued by the United States Postal Service is lost, stolen, or damaged, it is usually replaceable. The following advantages apply to money orders purchased from the USPS as well:
They are available for purchase with debit cards.
They are also redeemable in 29 other countries.
5. Consider ordering a money order from the comfort of your own home. If you prefer not to buy a money order in person, an online vendor may be a good option. Online businesses, on the other hand, typically charge higher prices than local businesses. Payko is the most popular online money order service, with a daily limit of $200.
6. Try a cash-only establishment. Money orders are typically issued by Western Union, credit unions, and other financial institutions.
Part 2 Filling Out the Money Order
1. Check that the amount is correct. The amount will have been printed on the money order slip by the establishment that issued it. Before you complete the transaction, double-check that everything is correct.
2. Choose where you want to fill out the money order. Instead of carrying the money order to another location, you might want to fill it out right away. If the money order falls into the hands of someone else before it is filled out, that person can fill in their own name and cash it.
If you must transport the blank money order to another location, keep it in a secure location on your person. When you get home, put it somewhere it won’t get misplaced.
3. Fill in the blank for “payee.” The first blank should be filled in with “Pay to the Order of” or “Payee.” This is where you write the name of the person or company to whom the money order is being sent.
Fill out the money order with non-erasable ink in black or blue.
4. Fill in the blanks with your personal information. Some money orders will include a space for you to write your name and address, as well as other information. Fill out this form in blue or black ink if you want to.
5. Fill in the transaction details. You may want to include information about the nature of the transaction, such as the name of the item for which you are paying.
6. Please sign the money order. You may sign the money order if there is a space for you to do so, but it can still be cashed without your signature.
Part 3 Paying With a Money Order
1. Make a duplicate first. Because money orders are frequently used to pay people you don’t know well, it’s a good idea to keep a personal record of the money order in case of a problem. Make a duplicate of the money order and keep it with your financial records. Keep it with the receipt from your money order.
2. Give it to me in person. Giving a money order directly to the recipient is the best way to pay with it. This eliminates the possibility of it being misplaced or tampered with by a third party.
3. Put it in a business envelope and mail it. When mailing a money order, use a security envelope rather than a letter envelope. Packaging it discretely will keep others from becoming curious and attempting to tamper with the money order.
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