as a teacher and single gal, i’m on a budget. but i LOVE planning. it’s quite a conundrum. (not really, i just like using the word “conundrum”.) planning on a budget is all about making the system work for you.
here are a few tips that work for me:
- careful etsy buying – whenever i’m looking to buy something on etsy, i usually let it sit in my cart for awhile and really make sure that i want it before i take the leap.
- use instagram – sellers post sales all the time. those coupon codes can save you bookoos of mulah!
- white space planning doesn’t get the cred that it deserves. you have to be very creative when using white space. not only is it cheaper, but it forces you to think more about what you are doing.
- spreading kits out- think about investing in one kit and using it two or three times. (again – white space planning comes in handy!)
- bargain buying at michaels – on the michael’s app, there is always a 40% off coupon. i will use it to buy one big happy planner sticker book and get it for $9 and change. i don’t even mind going back the next day to buy a different thing if i have my mind set. happy planner accessories and washi also go on sale just about every month. and they’re good sales!
- swapping – a good way to get lots of different kinds of washi is to swap. i’ve done it at meet-ups and with friends. no one uses up an entire roll of washi, do they?? same goes for stickers. cut off some and swap a couple of yours with someone.
- use what you have – this can include post-its, colored pencils, colored pens, cheap stickers from target or walmart (they have the cutest animal ones), erin condren label stickers in the back of your planner, whatever!! use whatever you have laying around! because here’s the real secret… there are no rules!!!