I used to have cheque books that I used regularly in US. When Ioved to Australia I found out how expensive they were to use so I didn't have one. Now I have opened an account with a new bank and they offer cheque books for free so I got one. I find them handy, especially when you want to give someone a gift and don't have cash on. A cheque can save the day!
I have 2 cheque books. I use 1 that is free. The other costs $2 per chq. It is rarely used for ob reasons. Credit card purchases add $2.. Chqs are safer than keeping cash to pay tradesmen. I don't have cash and my internet banking is done on my computer, which isn't switched on all day. I don't use apps.