Hello and welcome back to my blog!
Today’s post is only a short one!
In this blog post I will be talking all about budget planners and how you can create your own without breaking the bank!
If you type budget planners in on amazon it comes up with some beautiful planners but they are so expensive! I just couldn’t bring myself to pay over £25 for a planner. So I decided to create my own. I have recently invested £9.50 (I know so much money) on a new notebook, stickers and a to do list (see pic above). I brought these items to not only create a new budget planner but also be more productive.
For my budget I usually use an old ring binder with worksheets in, but it didn’t look or feel right. It also looked boring, I wanted to look at something that was fun, that inspired me.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am the least creative person on the planet. But if I can (kind of) create a planner then so can you!
Keep reading to find out how I done it.
What does my planner need to include?
Your planner can include anything from your financial goals to your personal goals.
A lot of people use planners just for their budgeting, but there is also the option to use your planner to plan your everyday life. The choice is up to you.
My planner is purely for my budget and the financial side of my life, as I have a diary that I use daily to plan my everyday life.
My budget planner includes.
- Yearly goals
- Upcoming months (list of events)
- Sinking funds goals
- Side hustle incomes
- Monthly budget
- What went well and even better if?
My planner still isn’t quite finished as I only started creating it a few days ago. But so far I am really enjoying the process.
Where can I find some tips on how to create an amazing planner?
I would recommend using YouTube as place to learn some amazing tips. I used YouTube to show me how to create a planner that works for my budget and me.
There are amazing YouTubers on there who show you how to create simple planners to more creative planners with art work.
I would also take a look at the BudgetMom’s website, as she shares free resources to give you inspiration. You can even print out her worksheets and put them into your planner.
Just remember this planner is for you, it doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks. You can design your planner to be as plain or artistic as you want.
Is it going to be expensive creating my own planner?
There is no yes or no answer to this question, it depends on what you want your planner to be.
Like I said I spent £9.50 buying a basic notebook with some stickers, so mine has cost less then a tenner.
There are sticker packs that you can buy online which will enable you to create a professional looking planner, but these cost money. Some of the packs are affordable, some are a bit more pricey. Take a look at Esty.com as they have some amazing stickers on there!
I recently treated myself to some motivational quotes stickers from Esty, I’m just waiting for them to arrive!
Do I need a planner?
If you are serious about your budget then you need to have a planner.
Even if it’s just an old notebook, it is so much better having a visual reminder of your achievements.
Does my planner need to look a certain way?
The planner is yours, you can do anything you like to it. If you want to add some drawings, you can or if you just want a plain planner you can! The choice is yours, remember this planner is for you and your budget, it can be as creative as you want!
I hope this post has given you a little bit of inspiration to perhaps start your budgeting planner. I have loved the process of creating a planner and I didn’t realise how much I needed one!
Make sure you follow me on social media especially Instagram. I post daily all about my budgeting and savings plans.
As always thank you for reading my blog!