GTT Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Identifying Money, March 5, 2018

March 05 2018


Hello there and I’m Donna Jodhan thanking you for allowing me to come into your inbox.


Today, I’d like to talk about IDENTIFYING MONEY

and I have some great tips for you re how you can go about dealing with your money.  Dollar bills, coins, and cheques.



There are many different ways to identify bills and it really doesn’t matter how you do it as long as your method works for you.

Here are some tips.


* Some individuals prefer to separate bills by denomination,                        placing them in different                                            sections of their purse or wallet.


* You can purchase a special                          billfold which has different                            sections for different bills.


* You can fold your bills in a                         special way for easy                                                    identification. For example:

  • Leave five dollar bills completely unfolded.
  • Fold ten dollar bills in half lengthwise.
  • Fold twenty dollar bills in half, end to end.
  • Fold fifty dollar bills end to end, then lengthwise.
  • Fold hundred dollar bills in half and in half again.


* When you receive money from others, ask what each bill is and fold it right away or put it in a               special section of your wallet so you will be able to recognize it later.  Take your time, don’t be                 hurried.


*                      An electronic bank note reader is available (through the CNIB) to identify paper currency. The                                     device is easy to use.

Insert a                                    Canadian bank note, push the button at the front of the device, and the reader will announce by voice (in either English or French) the denomination of the bill.



* Coins can be identified by touch.

Select one coin at a time and use a fingernail or your fingertips to feel the different sizes and edges of                 each coin:


  • A dime has a serrated edge.


  • A nickel has a smooth edge.


  • A quarter has a rough grooved edge and is larger and thicker than a nickel.


  • A dollar coin (loonie) has an eleven-sided smooth edge and is larger and thicker than a quarter.


  • A two dollar coin (toonie) is larger than a loonie. The edge of the coin alternates from rough to smooth.  The centre of the toonie is gold in color and the outer edge is silver.


*A special purse or coin organizer with separate slots for nickels, dimes, and quarters may be a useful item.




* Large print/tactile cheques are available from your bank. You may find it helpful to make your own cheque template with sections cut out for date, cheque amount, and so on.


So have fun now with your money and see you next week.


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Have a super day and see you next week.


2 thoughts on “GTT Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Identifying Money, March 5, 2018

  1. Donna, I would like to add another means of identifying Canadian money.

    On each bill there are raised the vets on the top left side. A five dollar bill has one debit. A $10 bill has to Divits Eight $20 bill has three Divits. A $50 bill has for debits. A $100 bill has four divits. At positions one and four.

    Have fun



  2. Hello!

    I was shocked to realize this was a Canadian describing how to identify Canadian paper or in our case plastic currency! Now I will have to admit I seldom have currency of any type as I’m well emerged in a few, some say too many, points programs through credit cards. I do believe however that we as Canadians have one of the most identifiable bills for the blind! Why would you nowadays need to fold bills in different ways or even separate it out? I do realize from time to time the identifying markers get almost rubbed off but this doesn’t occur that frequently now does it? Donna never even talked about the markings for the blind on our non-metal currency. I thought she was American describing her bill folding method!!


    Sent from my iPhone


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