5 Affordable Planner Bags for Planner Girls on a Budget

If there’s one thing all of us planner girls can understand and agree on, it’s that we love to bring our planners with us wherever we go. Not just our planners though. We need our favorite planner decorating essentials too, right?

Sometimes our standard purses aren’t enough to hold all of our planner goodies, so we need a good, reliable planner bag to get the job done.

Are you looking for a planner bag that is affordable and will fit your budget? Here's 5 to choose from! For more posts about planning visit www.plannersquad.com

5 Affordable Planner Bags for Planner Girls on a Budget

A while back we shared a post about some amazing planner bags that many planner girls out in the world of planning recommend. Unfortunately, though, most of these bags were top of the line. Because of that, they were pricey!

We’ve had a lot of requests for a planner bag that’s more budget friendly, but would still be perfect for bringing your planner and decorating essentials on the go. Today, we’re delivering!

Check out this list of five totally affordable and budget-friendly planner bags for planner girls on a budget!

Craftsman 12 in. Tool Totes

This super cute Craftsman Tool Tote pictured below was not originally designed with the planner girl in mind, but don’t let that stop you! Sometimes the best planner tools and supplies can be found when thinking outside the box!

The dimensions of this tote measures 12 x 11 x 19.5 inches, which gives plenty of room for a planner (or 6, let’s be real here). There are also plenty of loops (16 actually) that are perfect for holding pens, markers, scissors – you name it.

You can leave your ruler at home though because this tool caddy has a metal tape measure clip attached to one end. Perfect!

Not a fan of pink? No worries – we found this one in a couple other color options as well!

The price on this one last we checked ran for $21.99 and included free shipping. Totally affordable!

 Craftsman 12 in. Tool Totes – Pink

Personalized Fashion Organizing Tote Bag

The Personalized Fashion Organizing Tote Bag is very similar to the Craftsman tote with its outside pockets, but this bag is not as heavy-duty. It also does not have any storage loops on the inside, but with plenty of outside pockets (there’s 12 total!), it’s still just fine for storing your planning supplies.

The dimensions of this bag measure out to be 10 x 8 x 8 inches so you should have no problem stuffing the main compartment with all of your planners and stickers!

Perhaps my favorite part of this bag though is the wide variety of colors and styles available and you can get it personalized!

This tote is priced at only $10.95 and Prime friendly (personalization is more and makes it no longer eligible for Prime).

 Personalized Fashion Organizing Tote Bag – 12 Outside Pockets 10

Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag

With the Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag, you will be kicking all of your toiletries out so your planner goodies can move in!

This hanging bag measures at 9.45″ long, 7.87″ wide, and 3.74″ high and comes in two different feminine prints and colors. It’s made with a water-resistant fabric to help further protect your planner goodies from moisture.

The inside has multiple compartments that are the perfect sizes for storing washi, pens, markers, clips, and even stickers. The double hook makes it possible to hang the bag wherever it’s convenient and will keep your planner supplies held upright so they won’t fall out.

The price on this beauty? Only $11.99 and Prime friendly!

 Ac.y.c Portable Hanging Toiletry Bag/ Portable Travel Organizer Cosmetic Bag for Women Makeup or Men Shaving Kit with Hanging Hook for vacation (Blue Flower)

Go Beyond Makeup Organizer Bag

The Go Beyond Makeup Organizer Bag is made out of a durable polyester, so this bag is made to last! It has 13 compartments so you will be able to find plenty of places to cram full of all the washi and pens you would ever need.

Measuring at 11.6 x 6.8 x 3.6 inches, this bag is plenty big enough to store all of your essentials. If your purse is big enough, you could probably stick this organizer right inside!

You can grab the Go Beyond Makeup Organizer Bag in multiple colors (and even in 3-packs!) starting at only $7.95 (and yes, Prime friendly!).

 Go Beyond (TM) Makeup Organizer Bag , Travel Compartment Handbag with 13 Inserts holder, Best for Coupon and make up accessories Large Liner Organizing Tote Purse with hanging handle (Black)

Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag

The last, but certainly not the least bag on today’s list is the Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag. This bag measures at a perfect size of 14.5″ L x 6.5″ W x 10.75″ H, so it’s not too big, and not too small.

It’s durable polyester makes it lightweight and easy to clean with a damp cloth. It zips closed so nothing will fall out if knocked over. 

Store all of your planner goodies in its 6 pleated, and 2 mesh pockets along the outside of the bag. Inside of the bag, you’ll find an additional 5 pockets for storage. This bag will hold a ton!

There are 3 different colors/styles to choose from. While this choice is on the more expensive side of today’s list, it’s still totally affordable at only $29.97 (current sale price) and again, Prime friendly!

 Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag with Multiple Exterior & Interior Pockets for Working Women, Nurses, Teachers and Soccer Moms (Purple Circle)

What do you think of our list? Do you have a planner bag that you’d recommend we add to the list? If so we’d love for you to share your recommendations in the comments below!

Or, tag us in a photo of your planner bag on Instagram!

6 Quality Planner Bags & Totes For Your Wishlist

What are your favorite planner bags & totes?  Check out Wendie's dream bags and share your own!

I have been wanting to do a post about planner bags for some time. When I attend my local planner meet-up, our bags are often as talked about as our planners. And why shouldn’t they be? What we carry every day is a big deal and it’s important that our bags can accommodate our planners.

Totes are huge right now, so that works in our favor. Totes have certainly been updated to be more stylish and less plain, though thanks to companies like Whipping Post, Madewell, and Cuyana, a traditional tote is still in style.

I own several “planner bags” and want to share the pros and cons I have discovered for each:


The Whipping Post Vintage Tote is probably the most popular planner bag right now. It’s everywhere! It is roomy and it can be thrown around because scratches and scuffs actually add to its appearance. I particularly love the longer handles that make it easier to carry. I do find the leather to be a bit stiff, though that can also be a pro due to its durability. It can hold just about anything you throw at it, and the price point is fantastic for what you get with this tote.


The Mulberry Bayswater  is not technically a classic since it was created in 2002, but it is an icon. It doesn’t look tote-like at first glance but if you pull the top flap back, it opens to be a roomy tote and the belted sides can be loosened to afford you more space. It can easily hold your 13″ laptop in addition to your planner(s), wallet, folders, and other purse goods. I find the handle on the Bayswater to be a bit short, which can make it hard to carry if you’re wearing a coat or sweater. The price point is high, but this is the original British “it” bag and it is very versatile. Mulberry has an outlet in Southern California where you can find past season’s bags at a discount.


The Smythson Panama East West Tote is a favorite of mine. The tote easily transitions from work bag, to everyday carry, to overnight bag. It is casual enough that is is not flashy, but has an understated elegance. Within reason, your planner supplies and other everyday items will easily fit inside. The handles are comfortable, though I prefer longer handles like the ones found on the Whipping Post Tote. The price point is higher but Smythson heavily marks down past season’s bags and if you make a few calls, you can find a good deal on a beautiful bag.


The Proenza Schouler PS1 in large is a workhorse of a bag. It has tons of pockets and is deceptively large. The pocket in the front holds an A5 planner well as long as it is not too bulky, and the main pockets opens up to accommodate most of what you can throw at it. However, this is not a bag that will do well with a laptop or folders. The handle is adjustable all the way to crossbody, which makes it the most comfortable bag on my list. When you’re carrying multiple planners and a case full of planner supplies, you need a strap that you can adjust to your most comfortable length. Another bag with a higher price point, Proenza Schouler can also be found at deeply discounted prices if you’re willing to do the work.


Alexander McQueen… the brand has stolen my heart due to its perfect juxtaposition of classic, clean lines and edginess. The Padlock Zip-Around Satchel is no exception. Another bag that can hold more than you think it would, this bag opens to one large pocket that can hold a 13″ laptop, folders, and definitely a planner or two. The Padlock Zip-Around is less flexible than any of the other bags on my list and due it’s short handle, it is the least capable bag on my list, though still capable of doing the job. McQueen has a higher price point and even if you find a good sale, you will still pay quite a bit for a bag. I like to use rewards dollars I earn from Neiman Marcus to help soften the blow.


Last but certainly not least, is the Mulberry Tessie Tote. Mulberry is known for it’s soft, luxurious leather and this bag highlights that fact perfectly. The Tessie Tote is roomy and beautiful; when you see it, the first thing you want to do is reach out and touch it. Then smell it. Then marvel at what a perfect representation of a classic tote it is. Much like the Whipping Post Vintage Tote, there are no bells and whistles, here. It’s a simple tote that gets the job done. Another bag that can take just about anything you throw at it, and easily transitional from everyday carry to overnight bag. I do wish the handles were longer, but they are still a comfortable length. And don’t forget that you can add a matching Mulberry agenda to go with your tote! With it’s slightly higher price point, again, the Mulberry outlet is your friend if you want to find this bag at a more affordable price.

I know that many of the bags I have highlighted are pricey. The reason is because I have purchased and used a lot of bags. My experience is that you really do get what you pay for. That is not to say that there aren’t more affordable bags out there that can get the job done, my opinion is simply based on my personal experiences. If you are looking for a less expensive bag, Madewell and Cuyana make totes very similar to Whipping Post and at the same price point.

What are all of you using for your planner bag? How is it working for you?
What is your dream planner bag?