Skip to main content

Planner Reviews and Comparrisons

A lot of planners on the market start their year in July so now is a good time to be looking for a new planner. Today I have four different planners to review and compare.
 




The Planner

 
Price $14.99 (the one I have linked is the 2017 model but the 2017/ 2018 can be found in stores at Target). This is a smaller, less deluxe version of the traditional day designer which sells for $59 

Monthly Layout

Weekly Layout

 
This is a great little planner if you are looking for something to carry on a daily basis and don't need multiple boxes or too much space to write in each day. Although some small functional stickers and thin washi could work I would say this planner does not lend itself to decorative planning - but hey, that's not everyone's thing. For me personally this planner is too small and not sturdy enough to be my primary planner but I have been thinking a lot lately about planning my blog posts more in advance and having a space for brainstorming and I think this will be perfect for that. I really like the look of the regular day designer but for now one page per day seems like more space than I need. I also think this planner / the day designer model would be great for someone who uses a planner for their professional life.
 

The Planner

 
Price $29.99 (if purchased at Michael's you can purchase on sale for at least 30% off or use a coupon if it's not on sale)

Monthly Layout

Weekly Layout

 
I am currently using a Happy Planner. My biggest attraction to this planner was that the disc system makes it very easy to rearrange the planner - for example I remove prior weeks to keep the planner from getting bulky and I don't keep all 12 months in at one time. You can also add note pages or whole sections such as budgeting or fitness. The price is also very reasonable as Michael's often has them on sale - I paid $14.99 for my Happy Planner and then another $12.99 for hard covers. The biggest weakness of this planner is that the disks are not sturdy and this planner does not lend itself to travel. With us moving into our new home this week I've decided I need a separate home planner for keeping up with maintenance (for example, our lawn should only be watered once a week so I need to keep up with when it rains) and meal planning. Since I will be keeping this planner at home on my desk and not transporting in my purse I do not see the discs being a problem. Also, it is harder to find stickers that fit just right for this planner so it's best to decorate without using kits.
 


The Planner

Price $55 (price increases for coil selections and selecting 18 months vs 12)

Monthly Layout

Weekly Layout

 
Eric Condren is a very popular planner and I always resisted it due to the price however two years ago I used a similar planner and when I added in extras the cost was pretty similar to an EC and I decided I really miss the sturdiness of a coiled planner to carry in my purse as my everyday planner. A big motivation for me to make the switch is also quite frankly that the ECLP is the planner most sticker makers model their stickers for and while I would order boxes for the happy planner they never quite fit - box stickers fit the ECLP perfectly. I also like the accessories EC offers and the interchangeable covers.

Foxy Fix / Mommy Lhey Traveler's Notebooks
 
 
 
The last option of planner is what I would call a non traditional planner because it doesn't come in any preset and bound form. If you like to do your own thing that the traveler's notebook is for you. The purple notebook is one I received in my Mommy Lhey Little Bits box (she has since included a pink one and turquoise one in subsequent boxes) and the pink on is for the leather lovers out there- it's a leather Foxy Fix in Mochi. There's too many types of inserts for me to cover in this post but with a TN the sky is the limit - there's inserts that model traditional planners, inserts for lists or bullet journaling and inserts that are blank leaving the planner to freehand whatever they want. Currently I have my purple TN set up for weight loss tracking. Although I love the concept of a TN I prefer to use them for lists and notes rather than as an actual planner.
 
I used to be a one planner type of girl but as I've gotten more into planning I've seen more aspects of my life where there's an opportunity to utilize planning and so my "need" for planners has evolved. There's plenty of planners on the marketplace for anyone one to find the one (or 5) that fits their needs best and the planners I've covered here are just a portion of what's available.
 
Happy Planning!

Comments

  1. I'd check out the Passion Planner. It's low key, but I use mine for journaling as much as I do to log to do's and events.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for reading and thanks for the tip!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Travel Essentials

Confession: I love going on trips but I hate the actual process of getting there. I get motion sickness and I so both car and air travel makes me sick and I hate wasting a day traveling. But I do it anyway because the destination always seems to be worth it. This week I’m traveling for work so I didn’t really have much of a choice but hey, I made it! For business or pleasure summer time is always a popular time to travel and I’ve been on enough trips that I have my packing routine pretty well down so today I’m sharing some of my travel essentials. I’m not one of those people that prides themselves on packing for a week in a carry on so I tend to check my bag with all my clothes, shoes and whatnot and bring a generous sized tote as my carry on. I hate the idea of getting somewhere and thinking oh shoot, I left the perfect outfit for this at home so I tend to bring more outfits than there are days in the trip to give myself options. I think this one is pretty obvious but my valuables al…

Birthday Discounts

Woohoo! It's my birthday week y'all! Birthdays are always a great time for brands to make customers special and each year I'm able to take advantage of some pretty good discounts in July so I thought I would share the love and talk about some of my favorite discounts and how to get them.

My absolute favorite discount is from Kendra Scott! During your birthday month you can receive one regular item at 50% off. It's your first time you'll have to show your id in store and sign up for their email list but then once they have you on file you can just go into the store and say that you would like to apply your birthday discount to your purchase and give your email address. This year I purchased the Tatiana Long Pendant Necklace which usually sells for $175. This necklace takes the look of the popular Rayne necklace and really amps it up.  
If jewelry is your thing you can also get a $10 credit from Charming Charlie - this discount is sent to Charm Rewards members at the…

Beach Essentials

Summer time inevitably  means a trip to the beach. Growing up my husband and I had very different ways of beaching - he being from southern California is used to just taking a towel and maybe a boogie board while I grew up with a little more "princessey" way of beaching - chairs, umbrella, blanket, beach bag with supplies for the day. True story - I was shocked the first time I went to the beach with my husband and his family used the same towel they had on the sand to dry off with. Over our years together we've melded our styles - mostly him admitting that it's nice to sit in actual chairs.

Even if we're only going for a few hours I always bring a tote with what I consider some "beach essentials" - sunglasses, a water bottle, a magazine or book, a hair brush, some hair ties or clip, and of course sunscreen.
Prep Obsessed Tote in the Mermaid Mailer Sometimes we also turn our beach day into a picnic and this cooler tote is perfect for bringing drinks, …

Summer Beauty

I feel like Memorial Day is really the kickoff to summer but if you want to be technical yesterday was the first day of summer and it got me thinking about how I change up my beauty routine for summer. I know that it's recommended to change up beauty routines seasonally but I find that I can get away with the same routine for fall, spring and winter  - but summer is a different story and I find myself with different needs during the hot and humid Memphis summer months. Here's some of my summer beauty favorites.
Ogx Quenching Sea Mineral Moisturizing Lotion $7.99 I love this lotion because it's not to thick but not watery thin and it does a good job of keeping skin soft and moisturized without being greasy - plus the nice light sea scent is great for this time of year.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt $19 This shampoo scrub is great once a week for gently deep cleansing and get hair squeaky clean - I find it really preps hair to accept the moisture o…

Monobox August 2017

It's mid month which means it's time for all my subscription boxes to come rolling in. First up is the August Monobox.

This month's monogrammed item is a brown faux leather saddle bag style purse and it comes with a pen and notepad. The pen is nice enough but the notepad kinda sucks - the paper is very thin and the gold heart is only on every 4th page. Although the purse is nice enough I'm not a big fan - we received a brown purse last November so even though this one is larger I'm meh on receiving it because I really don't need nor want two brown monogrammed purses but since it's personalized it's not like I can just give it away. The Monobox is $21.95 a month plus shipping so it's not a bad value and if you weren't a subscriber last November I'm sure you'd be perfectly pleased with this purse. I'm pretty sure it's available still on the I Love Jewelry website if you're interested in one for yourself.  I'll probably us…