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to really want an Erin Condren life planner even though they're ridiculously expensive?

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Badgerwife Sat 13-Jun-15 20:46:10

but they're sooooooo gorgeous!

DH said, and I can't blame him, that $50 is just a stupid price for an organiser but pointed out that I just went back to work, so if I want it I should just go for it.

My current planner is falling to pieces after just one year (it's an 18 months one) and I do need to find something sturdier. It's just that every time I go on the website, I half just turn into a puddle of stationery lust and dream that I can just buy everything, and half turn pale at the expense.

I know IAB a little bit U but really, I just don't think that site is being fair, what with all the gorgeousness blush

BreakfastAtStephanies Sat 13-Jun-15 20:58:51

YANBU as will make you more efficient at work, surely ?
If you want it you should go for it. Life's too short not to. Perhaps you can claim back the tax as a business expense too

CakeNinja Sat 13-Jun-15 21:02:58

What is it, a diary?
I like naice things, I'd buy one if it took my fancy.
Can you afford it? Is it your husbands business how you spend money providing it's not at the expense of being able to eat for a week?
You know you want it!
Just get it smile

ChwatFeechers Sat 13-Jun-15 21:08:27

Throw in a half dozen 'like's' and I'd swear you were a teenage girl.

If you can afford it, buy it.

fiveacres Sat 13-Jun-15 21:12:45

That is very beautiful.

I just asked DH if I could have one.



ijustlovecake Sat 13-Jun-15 21:14:02

I don't see what's so special about it for it to cost so much tbh. They look like the one's from WHSMITHS. It's just a fad thing, surely?

ijustlovecake Sat 13-Jun-15 21:14:19

Like those pandora bracelets

woowoo22 Sat 13-Jun-15 21:17:28



OP, I went back and forth between it and the Inkwell Press and finally ordered one from I can't justify $75 plus $20 shipping, a huuuge amount in £GBP.

There is one rogue video on FB where someone says it is crap!! Haha.

Have you seen the stickers on Etsy?

DawnOfTheDoggers Sat 13-Jun-15 21:17:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

museumum Sat 13-Jun-15 21:18:41

Erm..... They look like most of he contents of Paperchase - just four times the price!

DisappointedOne Sat 13-Jun-15 21:20:27

I've been looking at the personal-planner ones too.

woowoo22 Sat 13-Jun-15 21:22:23

I got a square one. You can add in all important date, plus addresses and tel nos too.

ECLP looks so nice but I think it ia far too dear and the pp is much more functional.

abigamarone Sat 13-Jun-15 21:27:30

So today's version of a filofax? I keep all that stuff on my phone these days.

Pandsbear Sat 13-Jun-15 21:28:44

You can buy motivational stickers??!

I am sure they have these sort of things in Paperchase etc don't they?

TheWintersmith Sat 13-Jun-15 21:34:08

Way way too many exclamation marks on that website

As Mr Pratchett said, sure sign of a diseased mind!!!!!!!

woowoo22 Sat 13-Jun-15 21:37:59


pod78 Sat 13-Jun-15 21:50:29

I love to be organised but unless the interior pages are really something special in terms of layout, I think its just really OTT I'm afraid. Especially if you have to throw it out after 18 months unlike a filofax binder. I wouldn't spend this much on this product for that reason alone.

And the rose gold gilding is a shocking and obscene waste of resources IMHO. You'd have to recycle the front page to recover the metal!!!

And I can't tell if some of the items are being marketed at children or adults!?!

You could always get a cheaper diary/ filofax and cover it in a sample of your choice of wallpaper or fabric if it is just the 'look' you are after. All of the customisation could be done pretty simply at home. Coloured stickers are pretty cheap!

namechangefortoday543 Sat 13-Jun-15 21:54:07

Blimey they look like they should cost 5.99 .
I don't get it.

CatOfTheGreenGlades Sat 13-Jun-15 21:58:46

What's it got to do with your DH? If you've returned to work you have your own spending money (you should even if you hadn't IMO)

Anyway, they look OK but a few years ago I discovered the Palgrave Student Planner and I it really ticks the stationery lust boxes for me. Maybe not as pretty but very, very useful. It's an academic year and meant for students but I find it perfect for work.

Badgerwife Sat 13-Jun-15 21:59:27

Oh the stickers are completely unnecessary. But in terms of a diary where you have enough space, or even where there is designated space, for everything you might need to get your family where it needs to go, the only comparable UK company is The TOAD diaries are also fairly comprehensive but not as attractive.

I don't have my own business, but I do use a planner extensively to at least make an attempt to organise my life. I don't think it's going to help me organise myself better than the one I've bought before at half the price, however it is in fact a lot sturdier.

Just like the ones in WHSmith? shock

it's not my husband's business what I spend my money on, however all our money is joint and I do feel he has a say on some items where I know for a fact there is a 'value' option much cheaper elsewhere but it's not as appealing. I am back at work after being a SAHM for nearly four years, it does feel a bit like when I got my first job back in the day.

NinkyNonkers Sat 13-Jun-15 22:04:08

I have much love for Roterfaden/Midori style planners, I like the flexibility.

Badgerwife Sat 13-Jun-15 22:06:34

I reckon it might be a one off just this year and then I'll go back to being very practical and reasonable and go with a more normal feel.

I feel like throwing caution to the wind, though not throwing it so far as to splash out on gold foil lettering, I haven't yet drunk that much wine tonight. I saw a video where the owner said they spray actual gold on the coil thingy that holds it together. Now that I really can't get my head around!

Sgtmajormummy Sat 13-Jun-15 22:28:05

Not very professional-looking IMO.

I lived with a Filofax for 20 years and had it tailored exactly to my work, family and personal needs. My whole life was in that wad of paper (pocket sized week to 2 page diary, black calf leather with full zip around).

However, in January this year I made a conscious decision to stop and use just my phone. The problem was interfacing with other people, synching appointments on a common schedule and keeping up with constant changes. Modern life was not compatible with my system.

I was at sea for about three months but realised that although paper is lovely to have, you're just creating more work for yourself because you have to be accessible to modern office tools.

Why not use a cheaper system in your new job until you see how much you would use it? January is only 6 months away!

workingdilemma Sat 13-Jun-15 22:44:18

I think it looks a bit of an gimmick compared to a plainer one that would do the job (i just use a notebook they gave out as a corporate freebie a few years ago), but ...... Something that lasts 18 months for $50? Thats about 10p per day. Its hardly a massive indulgence.

workingdilemma Sat 13-Jun-15 22:47:14

Sorry - that should be 6p sterling per day as its in USD. So hardly a bank breaker.

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