Am I the only one late to the planner party? It seems like no matter where I look on social media these days, someone is talking about how much they like their Erin Condren/ Day Designer/ Simplified Planner/ Plum Paper/ The Happy Planner planner. BTW- this post does have some affiliate links. If you buy anything through them you’ll be supporting one happy blogger. Thanks in advance!
The first time I saw a picture of an Erin Condren on Instagram I was convinced I needed one. That’s how well word of mouth marketing works on me. Seriously. I want one of these babies so freaking bad. The only problem is that as a SAHM I don’t need a $50 planner. Hell, I barely need a $3 planner.
I was so convinced that I needed one that I almost justified buying one of these bad babies pictured above at Target for half the price. At the time $19.99 seemed like a good deal compared to $50. Do you see how easily I can talk myself into buying things if they are a “good deal”. Look how many different options they had!
Thankfully I found this gem pictured below in the clearance section for….
Crazy, right? I have no clue why this one was one sale when I saw the exact same ones for $10. Maybe it’s missing a page somewhere along the way. I’ll find out one day!
Anyway, this process of finding the perfectly priced planner made me realize that NOW, end of July/ beginning of August, is the best time to find a planner at a good price. Here are my 5 favorite tips for saving money on a stylish planner.
1. If you must have an Erin Condren planner, sign up for the referral link. Anytime someone buys one with your link, you will get $10! Blog about it, post it on Facebook or Instagram. I promise, if you promote it enough you’ll get someone to buy one and you’ll get one for $10 cheaper!
2. Constantly check out craft stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. I keep seeing people on social media bragging about their awesome The Happy Planner finds. If you use a coupon app like Shopular, you’ll always have a 30-50% off coupon for one of those stores, making The Happy Planner as low as $12! That is a freaking steal for a planner of that caliber.
3. Shop real stores, not Amazon. I’ve seen tons of planners for dirt cheap at TJ Maxx and Home Goods recently. I know I have links to Amazon on here, and if you buy something through these links I’ll love you forever since it will help support my blog. However, I think you should buy your planners at a brick and mortar store or a specialty website like Etsy. They are so much cheaper.
4. Print your own! Check out my DIY Planner Pinterest page. Before I bought my $3 planner, I was planning to print one of my own. Even with my planner handy I still print out my blog planning calendars through free printables.
5. Go paperless and use your phone or email calendar. Face it, we are all on our phones all the time. We really don’t need paper planners. I prefer to write things down because I’m old school, but I’d like to eventually transition to paperless so I can be a little more eco-friendly. Check out some of these planning apps from I Heart Planners.
Target, Staples, and Office Depot all have a huge selection of planners for back to school. They have such a large selection that you’ll be able to find nice ones on clearance since they can’t possibly sell that large of an inventory at full price.
I’m not giving up on my Erin Condren planner dream. One day I will have a beautiful planner with all the cool stickers. Do I sound like a middle schooler or what? I do think that one day I’ll have so much going on that I’ll be able to justify the expense of a nice EC Life Planner. Until then, I’m pretty happy with my clearance planner and free printables from random blogs I find on Pinterest.
Here are some of my favorite ones from Amazon if you are ready to buy one today!
What are your favorite planners? Can you convince me to get an Erin Condren Life Planner? I’d love to hear some pros and cons about them!