Planner lovers – alternatives to expensive binders

It’s not secret – I LOVE stationery! ESPECIALLY planner binders. Filofax is my ultimate favourite brand, but they can be a bit pricey. Today I thought I’d share a couple of cheaper binder ideas to get you started with your own planner.

cheaper alternatives to Filofax binders

  1. Filofax Clipbook. This faux leather cover is designed as a notebook and usually comes with lined, dotted and grid paper.It is also has it rings spaced perfectly to fit A5 Filofax planner inserts! Print your own inserts, or buy their diary inserts. Now you don’t have the closing clip, or the card holder on the inside of the binder cover, but it still looks quite classy (and comes in various colours). I get mine from Mighty Ape.
  2. Etsy. There are many handmade leather Etsy binders cheaper than Filofaxbinders on Etsy that work out much cheaper than a brand name. It’s unique, the one I purchased was well made and they pretty much ship anywhere. Keep an eye on the shipping costs (some are too expensive). Binders range in price depending on how much detail goes into them. I bought a rustic brown leather one from DMLeatherStudio.
  3. very cheap binders for plannersEl-cheapo plastic binders. These clear plastic binders are not fancy. But they work and they cost $4.32. I’m using them as guest binders for the attendees at the 2018 Rainforest Writing Retreat. You could personalise them with stickers, or make a fabric slip to go over the plastic. I don’t imagine they’ll last too long, but it’ll do until you can buy the Filofax of your dreams. You can find these listed in many Ebay stores, they usually ship from China, so you might have a bit of a wait. Here’s where I purchased mine: 3c-base

Now I did shout myself a new Filofax recently, but I’m finding I love my old black and white one more, so I’m not ready to transition yet. Perhaps purple was just a bit too much of a jump for me?

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Need inserts for your planner? We have free diary planners for writers (in the side-bar), or for something even nicer, visit iTeenGeek for planner inserts perfect for writers. They (my daughter, Matilda) even have inserts for planning your characters and setting. Check them out here: iTeenGeek

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