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I love my Erin Condren planners but at the same time I’m on the look out for a cheaper alternative, of the same quality.
I heard a lot about Plum Paper Planners since they are cheaper, much more customisable and purported to have better customer service. They don’t usually ship to the UK, but a custom sale is possible although shipping is ridiculous ($43 for 1 planner & $78 for 2-7). To be honest, having seen photos and YouTube videos about them, they strike me as more muted and the laminated sheet over the cover makes it feel less impressive. I don’t know, perhaps if I lived in the US I’d give them a try but I can’t see that they’re worth the $70 I’d have to pay. [EDIT – shipping to the UK is now £12.96 which makes it much more affordable – perhaps I’ll put it back on my list of potential planners to trial]
I then heard of Limelife planners, available here,
which seemed quite similar to Erin Condren with some of the customisability of Plum Paper Planners. At the time the shipping to UK was $18 flat rate but I think that’s changed now. The basic calendar which has a monthly lay out is $35 and then you can pay for add-ons like weekly layouts, notes pages and menu plans. There wasn’t much information on the interwebs about these planners but I thought it was worth giving it a shot. I really liked the idea of the monthly layout with additional notes pages as a present for my sister. They also come in an unbound version
At the moment, they don’t have a huge number of cover options.
Inside the planner is a year at a glance and important dates (for US folk) followed by a perpetual calendar. Each month has a tabbed divider which is nice but it does mean the last week of the month is under the following month’s tab. There are notes pages on the back of the monthly spread and the last page of the weekly spread, so plenty of writing space. At the back of the planner are some more note pages. I also bought a folder add-on but had to rip it out because the buttons made writing uncomfortable.
Both the monthly layout and weekly layout start on Sunday, which is hard for me to get used to. This alone would prevent buying a weekly layout add-on in the future. Also, although each daily section has a good amount of writing estate I do think the Wednesday is thinner because of the way the holes are punched. You can also see this on the year at a glance page.
Unfortunately I chose the floral cover for the planner with extra notes pages and, as you can see, the pattern covers alot of the writing space. I didn’t feel I could give this as the gift I’d planned.
Taking shipping out of the equation, to get the Erin Condren-esque weekly set up in the Limelife Planner comes in at $47. Erin Condren is $50, has better paper quality, feels more substantial and looks better quality. Overall, I’d prefer to pay the additional money for the Erin Condren, even with the higher shipping rate.
The basic Limelife Planner comes on sale at various times in the year. I think they’re due to be back on sale in October.