Ask your parents, kids. Taking care of your checkbook was the number one skill on your road to financial stability. Balance it daily, never take the risk of writing a check for more than you have in your account, etc. And it was essential to adult life. Any purchase over, say, $100 would require the time-honored ritual of meticulously filling out the appropriate lines, capped off with a dramatic signing of your name. They’ve been in use since the 1600s, but this tradition is currently experiencing a dramatic change. See if you can name five people who still carry a checkbook. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
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