Apps to help you pay people back, sans check

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Google Wallet offers a fast way to pay friends back without a check. (Image Credit:

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Nobody really uses checks anymore. At least not like they used to.

Many people are doing at least a portion of their banking and bill paying online, reducing opportunities to whip out that check book. One opportunity that still exists? Paying back a friend or long-distance family member.

Some new apps may be changing that though.

The Wall Street Journal recently tested apps used for paying back money to friends. Those on top? Venmo, Google Wallet and Square Cash.

These apps work a lot like PayPal – withdrawing money directly from your bank account to pay someone as directed.

There’s also a social element involved. For example, on Square Cash, if you make a payment to a friend for say, an early morning Starbucks run or girls’ weekened hotel bill, you can opt to have a status updated posted through social media.

There are some feeds involved depending on the service you use and how you pay, so make sure to read the fine print!