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.

day planner printables

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. But here is a similar one I found on Amazon for $11.99 and you can use it year after year.

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 so I just used that one. You can purchase a six hole punch here.

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

Handmade Home has a fantastic free printable A5 planner which includes:
- a cover (in three different options)
- monthly views for 2018
- 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.

free planner pages

Or you can get this free 2018 printable planner from Shining Mom which includes 30 different pages including a day, month and year planner, checklists, to do lists, planner covers, goal pages and more.

planner printables 2018

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. Here are a few cute ones I liked. And I just used the back side to jot down notes.

free printable planner

Most of these aren'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.

And if you hate going to the grocery store without a list of groceries for the week, or making extra trips to pick up those couple of extra ingredients you forgot after work, here are more than ten free meal/menu planner printables

free menu planners

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.

free binder tabs

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 2018 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.

2018 calendars


  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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