Where can I get Money Orders?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Money orders are prepaid financial instruments that can be used as legal tender to settle any type of debt obligation. As an alternative to currency, checks, or any type of wire transfer, this type of instrument is the favored option among many people who choose to pay bills by mail. Because of the popularity of this form of payment, money order services are offered at several common retail and financial institutions.

An international money order in US Dollars (USD) issued by the United States Postal Service.
An international money order in US Dollars (USD) issued by the United States Postal Service.

One of the most popular places to purchase money orders in the United States and several other countries is the local post office. In some countries, the fee for a postal money order is based on the total amount for the document, while the postal systems in other countries charge a flat fee regardless of the face value of the order. The post office is also an excellent source for international money orders when there is a need to remit payment in a foreign currency.

Small retail stores may not accept money orders as a form of payment.
Small retail stores may not accept money orders as a form of payment.

Along with the post office, banks and credit unions often offer money orders along with cashier’s checks. Generally, there is a higher limit on the face value for bank orders. There is also a good chance that the process to replace a lost one will be less complicated than with other services.

Check cashing services often offer these financial instruments for low prices. This can be very convenient for people who prefer to pay bills using this type of financial instrument. The paycheck can be cashed at the service, then the cash can be used to purchase the orders. Since many check cashing services also sell envelopes and stamps, it is possible to prepare the money orders for mailing on the spot and drop the bills into a mailbox on the way home.

The Internet offers one final option. Online services allow consumers to request and pay for money orders online. Some of these online vendors also offer a mailing service for an additional fee. This makes it possible to purchase and mail the orders without having to leave the comfort of home. Best of all, going with an online provider makes it possible to purchase the orders any time of the day or night, eliminating the need to get to a bank, supermarket, or check cashing service during their normal hours of operation.

Banks and credit unions often offer money orders.
Banks and credit unions often offer money orders.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

You might also Like

Readers Also Love

Discussion Comments

anon101748

where can i get money order here in Abu Dhabi to pay to another country like USA?

anon36527

where can i get money order here in RSA?

To pay other counrty like US

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register: