Thursday, January 29, 2015

How to Create a Planner (for under $10)

I wanted to try to be a little more organized lately, as I am a little anxious and somewhat frazzled at times with my disorgination and then add to that the chaos of toddlers.

And I fell in love with the Filofax's I seen on Pinterest but was a little frightened by the $50 starting price tag for them so I decided to create my own planner (all for under $10) and spent so much time finding and organizing the free printables I wanted, so I decided to share them with all of you.

First - start with the binder (or Filofax) you want to use. I picked up a mini binder from the Martha Stewart line on clearance at staples for under $4. I was going to share the link with you but it is no longer available.

Second you will need, a whole punch of some kind. You can either purchase a co-ordinating one, or use a single hole punch and template. I already had a two hole punch from my husband's business so I just used this one.

Then you need to decide which sections you want/need in your planner. Everyone's different so you can choose which ones you wanted.

The Handmade Home has a fantastic free printable A5 planner which includes
- a cover (in three different options)
- monthly views for 2016
- weekly page view (on two pages)
- birthday and anniversary pages
-  a menu planner
- a weekly cleaning schedule
- goal pages, divider pagers, to do lists and more!

So pretty much everything you need.

I liked the week view on one page instead - so I didn't have to try double side printing or have a blank front side. I personally liked the one from One Good Thing by Jillee and just used the back side for jotting down notes.

new year organization

This isn't actually A5 size but if you just follow the simple tutorial by CleanMama you can resize any adobe file into A5 size which will give you a lot more options for your planner printables.

I liked the notes page, and password page by MissTina who also offers a few more printable including the cute month tabs (shown below), a  project planner, and date night planner.

Thirty Handmade Days has all your budget printables including a meal planning printable (which I prefer) as it's all on one page and a grocery list. I found the mini binder printables were a little smaller than my other sizes so I just used her Ultimate Budget Binder Printables and resized them.

The Ultimate Printable Budget Binder - featuring 10+ amazing printables from for personal use only

You might also like My 2016 Free Printable Calendar Round-Up. So these are what I included in my planner. Please leave a comment if you have made or found some planner pages you love.



  1. I think this is a great idea for anyone who doesn't want to or cant invest in a fancy planner but wants it to be more than just a plain calendar!

    I linked this post as a fave that I found this week over at, my brand new blog.


    1. Thanks for featuring me! I'm honoured and I love your blog by the way.

  2. This is so helpful! Thank you!

  3. This is a great idea! I love finding new, inexpensive ways to keep our family oraganized and make our family's life a little easier. #growingcircleshop

  4. This is a great idea!! I am a calendar person myself and usually end up with a cheapy from the dollar store and NEVER have enough room for all my notes!mi did catch your link on the mom blog party! So glad I did! Thank you for a great idea, again!

    Pinned ❤️💕❤️

  5. You featured some great printables here! I love making printables, but don't like having random pieces of paper around. I really should make a notebook out of them.

    Stopping by from Mom Blog Linkup.

  6. What a cute planner! Thanks for sharing!
    -Sarah (


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