Managing your finances and household paperwork
In this section, you’ll find hints, tips and advice on how to access banking information, storing important documents, and managing your money.
One of the best ways to make it easier for you to identify bank statements and financial information is to have an organised system for storing them.
- Keep everything in a dedicated place such as a box file or filing cabinet and use an organised system such as A-Z or banking at the front, insurance at the back etc. Use either large print, Braille, colour coded (if you can see colour) or audio labels using a device such as a PenFriend, to identify each section.
- If you store information electronically, use a similar system, such as A-Z or categorised folders.
Accessing bank statements and other important documents
There are several ways to access your bank statements including:
- Using a low vision aid such as a traditional magnifier or electronic/video magnifier, or using a smart phone or tablet as a magnifier. Take a look at our information on viewing or reading nearby objects.
- Using an app such as Seeing AI.
- Requesting your statements in an alternative format such as large print, Braille or audio CD.
- Using online banking or telephone banking.
It’s also worth contacting your bank’s accessibility section for advice and support.
Apps and digital tools
There's a wide range of free budgeting and money management apps, available on iOS and Android phones and tools including:
Whilst apps and websites like these can make life easier when living with sight loss, they also create a lot of opportunities for fraud. For more advice on this, take a look at our guidance for staying safe online. And check out our webinar series on technology and its benefits, including one on money management and shopping.