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I Paid WHAT For a Planner?

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I've mentioned before that I am something of a calendar aficionado. (Although that term would suggest that there is some sort of expertise on my part in knowing what kind of calendar will work for me, which is sadly not the case).

Basically, I am always on the lookout for a system that will help me to keep my life in order and minimize the chaos of also being the external, appointment-remembering brain for both J and LO.

And yet, I am (almost always) completely and inexorably WRONG when I think I have found the planner that will finally work for me. So I get to feel the dual guilt of having wasted money and paper/resources on yet another calendar/planner that collects dust on my desk.

After the success of the personal daily docket I created for myself (I actually do use it every day!), I realized that the real problem with my calendar obsession is that I am constantly trying to make someone else's ideal of a planner work for me. What I really need is a planner that I can personalize.

As I was musing on this, my sister happened to send me a link to a daily cleaning regimen espoused by the blogger behind A Bowl Full of Lemons. After we spent some time wondering if our houses would make this woman require a defibrillator and access to oxygen, I found myself drooling over the schedule portion of her daily cleaning regimen. A Bowl Full of Lemons apparently uses the Filofax system, for which I have secretly lusted for many a year. Unfortunately, Filofax is ridiculously expensive, and only available in a limited number of brick-and-mortar businesses, making it quite difficult for this particular frugal mensch to ever go through with a sight-unseen purchase.

I was mentioning this to my sister when she asked if I had heard of Circa by Levenger. These bad boys are basically build-your-own planners, and since they sell hole punches to allow any sheet to fit their planners, you can personalize as much as you want. The best part is that they're not that expensive, compared to Filofax, anyway.

The next thing I knew, I had purchased a starter kit, a hole punch, a set of meal planning sheets, and a set of grocery shopping sheets.

Though no particular part of this purchase was that expensive, I was a little disconcerted to authorize an $84 payment for my new planner.


Holy cow.

(And this planner doesn't even include a calendar.)

However, since I bought the hole punch, I'll be able to create and print out a calendar for myself to include in the notebook--and I can update it or change it whenever the spirit moves. I can punch my laminated daily docket and insert it into the calendar. I can replace my notes notebook (since this comes with notepaper and you can add more), my to-deal-with clipboard (since it comes with pockets), and my meal-planning/grocery list scrap paper, and various other clutter-producers on my desk.

If this crazy scheme works, I may never have to make another guilt-inducing calendar purchase again.





I don't think I need to tell J how much I spent on my newest calendar.



bobi said:

I guess I don't have enough to do...can't imagine the need for this myself :), but hope it works for you! Btw, how's the juicing coming? I've been waiting to hear whether that was a good purchase as I've been contemplating buying one.

August 23, 2013 9:44 AM

Emily Guy Birken said:

@bobi, I'll plan on blogging about our juicer later this week! Thanks for the comment.

August 26, 2013 9:27 AM

frugal_fun said:

Well, these things are relative. :) Tell J you were looking at a brand new iPhone with data plan. Then tell him you decided on an $84 calendar system and you can make your own pages from now on. It feels much better.

August 26, 2013 5:44 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Photo Courtesy of Gilabrand Tonight at sundown, the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah--the Jewish New Year

September 4, 2013 11:22 AM

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