Social Security Direct Deposit Deadline

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TREMONT -- Most of the folks at the Tremont Senior Citizens Center are on social security.  The government wants almost everyone who gets social security to have it delivered by direct deposit and not mail.

"I have never missed a check, never had any problems with it and to me it's the best way to manage your money that there is," said Harold Brown, of Tremont.

"I like it because no matter where I am I can get my money any time after the third," said Harry Mericle, of Tremont Township.

Some said using direct deposit takes some getting used to.

"It seems strange. You used to get your check in the mail and it's already there," said Earl Meidlinger, of Pine Grove.

Others feel safer with direct deposit.

"My main concern is thievery. People can get into your mailbox and take whatever is in there and then it will take you a long time to recover," said Ray Madrigal, of Tremont.

Bob Hohman knows he can apply to social security to still have his check mailed to him.

"I would rather have my check cashed at a bank where I can go eye-ball to eye-ball with the teller, they know me and i`d like to have the money in my hand," said Hohman, of Joliett.

In addition to signing up online, you can sign up at your bank, credit union or savings and loan.

You can also call the social security administration at the number on you screen. 1-800-772-1213 for assistance.

If you do not sign up for direct deposit, you will be sent a direct express card. A debit card you can use to access your benefits.