The Hidden Money Saving Aspects of Visual Impairment

Having talked about the hidden costs of visual impairment, I fell to thinking this weekend about some of the areas where we save money, so I thought I’d write them here.

No possibility of running a car with all the expense it incurs as blind people aren’t entitled to direct payments to hire a PA to drive the thing.

Limited access to shopping as its such a lottery with the help we may or may not receive, so shopping is something only done when absolutely necessary. Forget retail therapy, it just doesn’t exist as much as I’d like it to.

Limited access to places of interest, again subject to same lottery with regards to assistance, as well as inaccessible guide books and information, so generallly avoided.

Home improvements are generally not carried out, due to inability to decorate, so no browsing round the DIY shops at weekends to buy paint, fabrics, etc etc. Mind you, this one has to be countered out by the fact that when things get too bad, a professional decorator needs to be brought in to carry out the work.

I’m sure there are others which I haven’t thought of just yet. A typical weekend for me involves housework, but not much more activity than that. Lots of reading and watching TV, and eating and drinking.

Just another example where lack of accessibility, although saving money, leads to a sedentary lifestyle.

I’ve wavered off subject a bit, but I wonder if there is a link between blindness and obesity?


About Mel Griffiths

I live and work in Nottingham, England and am blind. This blog is often centred around things that happen to me because of being blind. This is my space to write and sometimes people will disagree with what I write, but its the one place I have in which to be frank and honest. I also like to reflect on the funnier side of life from time to time.
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4 Responses to The Hidden Money Saving Aspects of Visual Impairment

  1. i agree
    i agree with you on your money saving things you put in your lj. i think blindness might have a link to obecity as i tend to find when i’m down about my disability, i comfort eat.

    • melspooner says:

      Re: i agree
      Yes exactly, and when we socialise, what do we do? We blindies meet up for a meal or a drink because its so much easier and accessible than other things. And the one thing that is very accessible these days is ordering food and takeaways! being a great example! haha!

  2. vip_uc says:

    Obese Blindies
    Yes, you’re all on to something. For me, as I’ve lost my sight, I simply take less exercise. When I had a bit more sight I walked a lot, and fast, and even rode a bike, which is wonderful exercise in the right place. In the city where I now am, it’s a nightmare of near-death experiences, and I haven’t done it for over 10 years. If I could find a tandem buddy, I’d get hold of a tandem, and I’m looking into that at the moment.
    Although I still walk a fair bit, I don’t walk anything like so fast because unless I know the route well, I’m liable to bump into things, and of course the slower you do that the better!
    Swimming is good in theory, although I just never seem to get around to it. My PA would be willing to take me, but often pools are full of schoollkids at the times when she works.
    Somehow, I don’t fancy exercise bikes or treadmills, or the other exercise machines people use. I’d find it pretty boring not getting anywhere, and just know I don’t have the discipline to keep it up.
    And, like others here, I like my food.
    Last time I was weighed, I was 16 stone. Not out of this world, but I’d like to lose about 4 of those.
    The BAT!

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