Tom Thumb Money Order Policy: Issuer, Fees, etc Detailed

Short Answer: Tom Thumb partners with Western Union to offer money orders at its customer service counter. However, you can’t cash a money order at Tom Thumb. For more information on money order services at Tom Thumb, see below.

Tom Thumb Money Order Policy

Tom Thumb issues Western Union money orders at its stores just like its parent company, Albertsons, corporate customer service representatives said. (Our related research has the money order and check cashing policy at Albertsons.)

While you’ll get the money order at Tom Thumb, tracking is processed directly by Western Union, and you cannot cash a money order at Tom Thumb.

Fees and Limits

Money orders at Tom Thumb cost $0.89, and the maximum money order limit is $500. If the amount you need is greater than $500, you can purchase multiple money orders to total the amount you need, but you’ll pay $0.89 for each.


Tom Thumb accepts cash and debit cards as payment for money orders. A photo ID or store card is not required to purchase a money order.

Where to Go

To purchase a money order, visit the customer service counter. Tom Thumb’s customer service desk is open from about 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on a typical day; however, hours may differ by location. The Tom Thumb store locator shows the store hours and services at all of its locations.

If you have never purchased a money order, we explain everything you need to know about money orders before you go.

Cashing a Money Order

Tom Thumb does not cash money orders. For alternatives, see our list of places that cash money orders.

If you buy a money order and don’t use it, you can return it to the store from which you bought it along with the original stub and your store receipt to initiate a refund, customer service representatives told us. See our previous research for more on canceling a money order.