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    AWOL
    Cheque Cashing - whos the cheapest
    • #1
    • 29th Nov 07, 3:12 PM
    Cheque Cashing - whos the cheapest 29th Nov 07 at 3:12 PM
    Hi

    Whats the cheapest place for cashing cheques ...

    Some of the people i have heard of are

    The Money Shop
    Cash Converters
    Cash Generator

    I know they charge the earth but who is the cheapest,.... anyone know the current pricing levels etc.

    I know we all knock the service they provide however they can be a life line for some when they are really stuck. I have had good customer service from my local cash generators store when no one else would help.
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  • Mikeyorks
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:24 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:24 PM
    Don't think there's a straightforward answer to that. Their fees are mainly based on the risk they take - against the possibility the cheque dishonours, after they've provided the cash.

    So if the cheque's from HMRC / big utility company etc - commensurately lower fees. If it's from an individual - higher fees as the risk is greater?
    If you want to test the depth of the water .........don't use both feet !
  • AWOL
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:28 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:28 PM
    Oh that would make sense.. i thought individual cheques must have cheque garantee cards which i would have thought would have been more reliable?

    Its surprising to know that so many big companies still issue cheques... there must be a trend away from paying people by cheque now a days.
  • Mikeyorks
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:33 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:33 PM
    Guarantee card - only appropriate if the cheque is handed over in person .. and you note it. It's not valid if the cheque drawer writes it on .... and most are only up to £100.

    Yes - cheques have certainly dipped since their peak in the early '90s. But there's still close to 5M go through Clearing every day.
    If you want to test the depth of the water .........don't use both feet !
  • AWOL
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:38 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:38 PM
    have you used a cheque cashing company before.. and if so would you reccomend me one?
    Whats the cheapest... £950 from my employer who has a limited company!
    Anyone have any ideaS?
  • Mikeyorks
    • #6
    • 29th Nov 07, 3:48 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:48 PM
    No I've never used one - and wouldn't recommend one as I think they prey on people.

    If it's a regular wages cheque - can't you get a basic account in order to save the huge fees these people charge? But most bureaux de change / money shops will look upon a wages cheque from a registered Co as being among the lower risk categories eg see this link :

    http://www.cashingacheque.co.uk/

    ..... certainly not recommending you go that route .. but you'll notice what they say about pay cheques.
    If you want to test the depth of the water .........don't use both feet !
    • Gillianh2
    • By Gillianh2 29th Nov 07, 3:50 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:50 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:50 PM
    AWOL, can you not ask your Boss to arrange for his Bank to honour the cheque immediately for you. If this is your pay and your Boss knows you are unable to cash it unless paying a premium for doing so I would have thought he would be happy to help. You are going to lose out some cash on this cheque or could you not open a basic bank account and pay it in there. If you are going to be paid this way regularly you would save a fortune.
    If you have to go down the cash a cheque route I would ring around and get a quote and then go with the cheapest.
  • AWOL
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:58 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 3:58 PM
    I have poor credit histroy and to make things worse i dont have enough valid ID, eg utility bills and or birth certificate/passport.
    I know i can get a birth cert pretty cheap but the utility bills are paid for as part of the rent so not under my name.
    Catch 22 as they say.

    Unfortunatly i had asked to be paid by cash and he said it was too much hassle.
    I get paid last day of the month, and rent due on the first day, if i was to bank the cheque it would not clear for 4 days .. which is no good when trying to make things reach.

    I am going to ring aground and see what they all say.
    • Gillianh2
    • By Gillianh2 29th Nov 07, 5:02 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 5:02 PM
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    • 29th Nov 07, 5:02 PM
    With regards to ID can you not take along your Tenancy agreement and your Employment contract along with your Birth Certificate. Also if you are on the electoral role this will help. Do you have to pay Council Tax as the Council Tax bill can be used to confirm ID. Might be worth giving those a try as this will save you money in the long term.
  • Mikeyorks
    I have poor credit histroy and to make things worse i dont have enough valid ID, eg utility bills and or birth certificate/passport.
    I know i can get a birth cert pretty cheap but the utility bills are paid for as part of the rent so not under my name.
    Catch 22 as they say.
    Originally posted by AWOL
    Right ... fully understand all of that. But .... on the link I gave you - they are charging 25% for 'loans' against a cheque. That's obscene. As it effectively means you're working 1 week in 4 .. just to cash your wages cheque. You can't, to be blunt, afford to do that. So you need to look at options. Two ... that come to mind.

    First one. Fully understand your boss not wanting to pay in cash. He has to draw it - then has the risk of holding it. But, if his Bank is reasonably close to you - he may be prepared to draw your cheque to cash - and make arrangements with his Bank that you simply cash it over the counter? No extra risk to him - and only a minimal cash flow issue in that the funds are drawn a couple of days earlier. Worth trying - as that appears to best fit the circumstances you have posted. If he's reluctant - just see if he's prepared to do it for a couple of months whilst you pursue ......

    Option 2. Whilst your circumstances look like 'Catch 22' - they shouldn't be. Providing ID to open a Bank (even a basic one) account is the law - but it's not meant to be a show stopper for people in your situation. The Banks are expected to show some flexibility where people can't provide precisely from the 2 lists (proof of address / proof of who you are) they all have. There's a list of basic account providers at Page 4 on the attached FSA link. If you go and talk to a couple, that are local, you should hopefully have some success.
    You should already have (thanks to Gillian) Tenancy agreement / Rent book - which proves address. P2 (Coding Notice) [from HMRC] / birth certificate (you need to get one) / letter from your employer on his headed paper (old fashioned proof - but fits with the requirement for Banks to be amenable) .... to prove who you are? But talk to a couple of the Banks - and explore options you can meet as acceptable ID. They broadly all tell you in their T&Cs that they will discuss options - so take them on! Page 8 on the link below - covers the ID alternatives in a bit of detail you should memorise for when you go into the Bank.

    Give it a go - you're clearly intelligent ...... so you can't go on paying your money to cheque encashers, beyond this month!! People are claiming money back from Banks on the basis that charges are 'unlawful' .... so what on earth does that make the charges these people are levying? Sufficient excuse to go to war, I think.

    Here's the FSA link - it's a .pdf - so not the friendliest to read. Expand it to 75% to read the table?

    Best of luck.

    http://www.moneymadeclear.fsa.gov.uk/pdfs/bank_accounts.pdf
    If you want to test the depth of the water .........don't use both feet !
  • jonneyrab
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    you said you cant open a bank account cause of id try barclays they only require either a driving licance or pasport doesnt have to be in date only 1 form needed better than getin stroked all the time
    • paddyrg
    • By paddyrg 2nd Jun 11, 10:44 PM
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    Welcome, good advice, but I hope the OP no longer needs it 4 years down the road ;-)
    • Enfieldian
    • By Enfieldian 3rd Jun 11, 3:09 AM
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    Enfieldian
    Welcome, good advice, but I hope the OP no longer needs it 4 years down the road ;-)
    Originally posted by paddyrg
    Unless a year's worth of salary has been spent on cheque cashing fees.........
    • thebarber
    • By thebarber 31st Dec 11, 12:38 PM
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    thebarber
    lets save you a fortune then.
    i have been signed up with oakham for a while.
    took a cheque in today of £780 and asked what i would get back.
    was told £756. apparently banks now take 5 days to clear it plus its bank holiday anyway. oakham,s system was down so went to cash converters and asked the same thing was told £705. i now have to wait two days for them to reopen but on the plus side i just saved you guys a load of money. i think their charge is £1.50 fee and 2.9% at todays date. check before you go.
    hope this helps a load of people. they have comment books at their front page so how about anyone that reads this and goes just put jason leo told me then maybe ill get a job there or a free mug. anyway hope this really helps. happy new year
    • dealer wins
    • By dealer wins 31st Dec 11, 1:17 PM
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    dealer wins
    i have been signed up with oakham for a while.
    took a cheque in today of £780 and asked what i would get back.
    was told £756. apparently banks now take 5 days to clear it plus its bank holiday anyway. oakham,s system was down so went to cash converters and asked the same thing was told £705. i now have to wait two days for them to reopen but on the plus side i just saved you guys a load of money. i think their charge is £1.50 fee and 2.9% at todays date. check before you go.
    hope this helps a load of people. they have comment books at their front page so how about anyone that reads this and goes just put jason leo told me then maybe ill get a job there or a free mug. anyway hope this really helps. happy new year
    Originally posted by thebarber
    Another contender for most off-key post of the year.

    I think the top 10 are all from the loans board LOL
    All replies are super fluffy and nice, and newbies are so lovely and welcome. PPR never again!
    • iolanthe07
    • By iolanthe07 31st Dec 11, 2:11 PM
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    iolanthe07
    Anyway, the post is months and years out of date.
    I used to think that good grammar is important, but now I know that good wine is importanter.
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