I hate to say it but I am a planner snob, I have very specific needs from my planner and the layout is so important to me. My planner has to allow me to write down what I need weekly with amply space and I need enough room to plan a few years in advance. I know that sounds crazy, but I have so much going on, I like to be able to plan ahead. I cannot use a digit planner, I have tried and it just doesn't give me what I need. This all means I'm usually spending $39.99 on a single planner that only truly does 25% of what I need it to.
This year was the END of that. I was going to get more of what I wanted even if I had to design it myself. I ended up looking for templates on google to start me on a good design thread. Instead I found a great website OnPlanners.com that allowed me to print my desired planner for $1.97. They have a higher subscription of approximately $20, from there you can customize and edit my planner, which I didn't do because I found exactly what I needed for the $1.97 cost.
I originally wanted October 2020 to December 2023, however I kept getting errors from the site with no explanation. I replied to the email receipt and then messaged again through the website with no response to this day, it has been over a two weeks. OnPlanners is great until you have a question. I gave up after a few days and tested variations of the date, hoping the error was a time out error.
I ended up changing the date to no more than one year at a time, ultimately printing from October 2020 to the very limit, which was December 2022. It never gave me an error for the date till I reduced the timing down and realizing that I couldn't print beyond 2022. I printed it through my duplexing printer, black and white with regular copy paper. The last planner I purchased paper was the same paper weight, 20lbs, so I saw no need to buy thicker paper.
I again googled and found a lovely floral cover page which I printed on card stock in color, added blank rear page. Most the time my planner lays open on my desk so there was no need for anything fancier.
If this planner was a shorter span of time, I may consider printing it on a thicker paper, however it would have been so dense had I done that in this case.
I went to my local FedEx Office and had this bound, receipt shown above for $4.37. 24 hours later, I had a beautiful planner for $7 that fit all my needs.
Best yet, I didn't use any fancy software to do any of this. I do have all that software but am so thankful I didn't need to open it.
I WILL NEVER BUY A PLANNER AT A STORE EVER AGAIN!
Disclosure: I purchased all these items with my own money and the company had no prior knowledge to this promotion. All opinions are my own.