They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Also, a bird in the hand is supposedly worth two in the bush. Now, we are not exactly sure how much a picture of a bush is worth to a bird, or what’s the current exchange rate for bushes to ounces of gold, but if you’re going to buy some, you might as well add a photo of the receipt next to your records of expenses in the Toshl app. It never hurts to have things recorded in detail, especially when it comes to personal finances.
Remember that adding extra information to either incomes or expenses is done by following the same steps. We will present an example for an expense, but you would edit an income in the same way.
The option to save photos with expenses and incomes becomes available with Toshl Pro or Toshl Medici subscriptions.
1. Selecting the Photos feature
Let’s say that we’re saving an expense during a road trip through Norway. Also known as “the land of reasonable price tags”, the country’s landscape is laced with fjords, and we took a ferry ride to cross one. The price was 120 Norwegian krone (sign: kr, code: NOK), saved under the category “Transport”, paid in cash.
To get to the Photos feature, we tap on the far right icon below the date tab to reveal additional options.
2. Attaching a photo to your expense
Tapping on the “Photos” icon reveals two options:
- Take photo
- Choose from Library.
You can either take a new photo of the receipt, invoice, payslip or some other document you wish to attach to your expense, or select an existing image from your photo library on the mobile device itself.
Tapping on the first option opens the Camera app on your device. Take a picture as you would normally do, and confirm the selection with the “Use photo” button on the bottom of the screen when satisfied with the result. For another attempt simply choose “Retake”.
The second option opens the photo library, where all you have to do is navigate to the desired image, select it, and it will get attached to your expense. You can add up to 4 photos for each entry.
The entry can then be saved and the photos will be stored next to your income or expense.
The file formats supported for uploading images are PNG, JPG and JPEG.
3. Reviewing saved photos
Images are available for review in the entries’ details. Select the expense from the overall list …
… and tap on it to bring up a detailed view.
You can edit the entry at any time by adding more photos or removing them altogether.
Besided the receipts you can, for example, also save photos of invoices and payslips next to your records of incomes. Attach pictures of documents such as warranties of products you bought, invoices for tax review purposes, and photos of actual products and services you had just documented.
It’s always better to store too much info about your financial flows than too little, and it will give you a chance to come back to your entries at a later date and easily remember what those expenses and entries were about.
Toshl monster keeps his eye on your spending habits, taking pictures as proof. Say cheeeeese!