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Bank Balance Is Thrown out of Whack by Long-Uncashed Check

DEAR ABBY: Is it rude for someone not to cash a check you have written to them within a certain time period? I think it is, but maybe I'm wrong. Because I keep track of my banking online and not in a traditional checkbook, I end up having to try to remember to adjust my available balance to include the check's amount. What do you think? -- CHECK'S IN THE MAIL

DEAR C.I.T.M.: I agree that it's rude. When a canceled check does not show up -- sometimes for months -- it makes reconciling the giver's checkbook a pain in the neck and sometimes lower.

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