Are you still a paper and pen person? While I’ve moved many of my “to-dos” over to electronic lists, I still live by my planner for my everyday appointments, meetings, events, and grocery lists! I used to carry around my planner in my purse, but with two kids (one still in diapers), my purse space has become tight. Because I didn’t want to give up my planner all together, I decided to create a planner wallet combo. Can I just say I’m in love with it!
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How to Create a Planner Wallet Combo
The best part about a planner wallet combo is it can be completely customized for you. Here is a look inside my planner wallet combo.
A Look Inside My Planner Wallet Combo
The Planner Itself
I purchased the Kate Spade Wellesley Leather Zip Around Personal Sized Planner. You can find these often at the Kate Spade Outlet stores (usually at a steep discount), or you can find on Amazon. (Link here to purchase on Amazon.)
I think that the personal size is the perfect size for my bag – its small enough to not take up too much space, but still holds everything I need.
I also love how it zippers around, so nothing can fall out.
The one downside is the light color I chose. It’s a very pretty pale pink, but in a bag full of things, it often gets dirty. On the plus side, because its leather, its relatively easy to clean!
The Kate Spade Wellesley planner comes with daily inserts already included, but I wanted to customize my inserts completely for my needs, so I tossed everything but the bookmark that they provide.
There are plenty of other options that you can also chose from if you want to build your own planner wallet organizer. Some popular ones include:
The Insides of My Planner Wallet Combo
The possibilities are endless on what you can include in your planner wallet combo. For me, I didn’t want it to be too bulky, so I just chose a few things that I purchased on Etsy.
1) Planner Dividers
I chose these cute rose gold planner dividers with tabs from Amour For Your Planner on Etsy. I like to keep each section grouped together and these make them easy to find. (And are pretty too!)
2) Laminated Full Year Calendar
This front and back, laminated yearly calendar is great when I need a quick look at the days/weeks of the year. The front is for the current year, and the back shows the following year. It can be found at CityGirlPlanners on Etsy. It’s available in either plain paper or laminated.
3) Monthly Calendars
There are hundreds of customized inserts and calendars to choose from on Etsy. Because I only wanted to capture my key events of each day, I chose to show the full month across two pages. (You can choose from several different options though, including one day per page, one week per page, etc…) I purchased my monthly calendar inserts also from CityGirlPlanners on Etsy in the personal size. (Note that the Kate Spade Planner Wallet Combo fits personal sized inserts, but if you choose a different planner shell, you may need to adjust to a different size.)
4) Meal Planner Inserts
Can I just say these make meal planning and grocery shopping SO much easier? The front side of these inserts for my planner wallet combo outline the days of the week for weekly meal planning. The backside is for my weekly grocery list. When I go shopping, I simply take my planner wallet combo with me and have my list on hand! These were also purchased from CityGirlPlanners on Etsy.
I chose to include a few lined sheets of paper for random notes to take. These are also from CityGirlPlanners on Etsy.
Credit Card Holders
I love how the Kate Spade planner has a place for credit cards and your ID, but its not enough for me. I purchased the Filofax Credit Card Holder inserts from Amazon to hold all of my other credit cards, store cards, insurance cards, etc…If you have a lot of cards, you can fit two cards in each slot to avoid purchasing additional holders.
This is the perfect solution for loose coins, keys, stamps, and whatever else you have that may need a secure home in your wallet. I purchased the Filofax Ziplock Envelope on Amazon.
Other Possibilities to Include In your Planner Wallet Combo
The possibilities are endless on what you can include in your planner wallet combo. Here are a few other items that I’ve been considering adding:
- Cash Envelopes/Budget Envelopes Here is just one option – there are plenty if you run a search on Etsy. (These are great if you follow Dave Ramsey’s approach to pay in cash and keep your cash sorted by category.)
- Checkbook Register Inserts
- Monthly Habit Tracker
- Filofax Transparent Envelop Top Opening (This would be great for receipts that I need to hold onto.
I love that my planner wallet combo perfectly fits my needs and I can customize it at any time to meet my desires.
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