9.15.2014

Plum Paper Planner Family Planner Review and Coupon Code

This post is very exciting for me in about a million different ways! I won't bore you with every single way but I just wanted to express that right off the bat!


At the beginning of the year I bought my first paper planner as a SHAM. I had always carried a planner for work but since staying at home I didn't think I really needed one. I had various checklists, wall calender's and such that I wrote on to track events, ut they were just not working for me. No lie I was late to two doctors appointments within a month! I tried using my phone but that is not a constant for me. So, I used some Christmas money and bought a Day-Timer from a local office store. It was a splurge for this thrifty lady but so worth it to be organized.

Fast forward to July. My Day-Timer had not been touched in about four months. Why? The layout did not work with how I organized my day and did not help me remember appointments, track meals, or special events. I was very disappointed the planner did not work. I decided to use the ever famous Google to research planners and I came across an almost overwhelming amount of information!

I looked reviews, price points, and youtube videos to make the most practical and cost effective choice of planners since I had admittedly already splurged on one this year.

I chose.....(drum roll!) a Plum Paper Family Planner!
This has been the best purchase I have made in a very long time! I decided I wanted to share it with you and I even was able to contact the company and they were gracious enough to give my readers a coupon code (THANKS PP!)

Elements of the Plum Planner

 The outside cover can be customized with any color, font, and wording. They have over 20 different designs in the Etsy store to choose from it is almost TOO hard to pick. The cover is a very hard and durable card stock. The design is also on the back cover of the planner. Bonus!
 Covering the front and back cover is a frosted plastic. This acts as a protector for your cover.
I know that bulky things do not appeal to many people and I am one of them. This planner is a 12 month planner running from September to the end of August 2015 another reason I chose this company. You choose when the planner starts! This planner is not overly thick actually my old planner was bigger and thicker!
The Inside
 First look at the deep color tones! Swoon! This is considered the year at a glance and is in the very front of the planner there is also the same for 2015.

 The main part of the planner is the weekly views. They are broken up into monthly sections with these, again, you get gorgeous colored and laminated tabs.  Now this is my one and ONLY thing I would change. The backs of the tabs are not labeled. I wish they were because when I am marking events in for months ahead I have to flip to the front to see which month I want to go back to.
Here is what sold me on this planner! The family planner option has 7 personalized boxed for you to label or leave black as you will! This is how my brain thinks by person, by area of life! And for $35.00 to have a completely customized planner was a steal! On the side of each week view there is also a notes section and weekly checklist. My planner categories are Top Three, Meal Plans, Jen/Jeff, The Boys, Health, School/NTL, To-Do.


 After the monthly sections you will find this double sided folder to house loose papers you would like to keep. You will also see a few notes pages and if you like to write lots of notes there is an option to add on more for a every reasonable cost.
 Here is a look at my weekly view. I have a colored coded system that I have used with all my planners. I also am experimenting with Washi and stickers!The Dollar Tree has a great selection of stickers so I am trying them out on the cheap ;)

Add On's
Plum Planner has good amount of add on options too! I am a list maker so I ordered a set of 2 checklists that are dispersed after the weekly views. I am loving them to track my routines and monthly goals!

You can also order repositionable stickers that fit the squares perfectly. I really like them and they fit with my color code system!

Making it my Own
 I am slowing adding items to the planner that will benefit me with time management. This is on the inside of my cover as a quick and removable to-do list.
I also wanted to find something to keep the planner shut when in my purse or bag. HAIR BANDS! I picked this style up in a 5 pack on clearance for .75!!
It does not bend the planner but keeps it closed the perfect win!

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I would like to say that I was NOT paid or compensated to write this post. I honestly wanted to share this because I had never heard of a planner like this before!

If you would like to order a planner feel free to use coupon code "THRIFTY10"  no longer available to receive 10% off your order!