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!

Planning On-The-Go: Tips & Tricks From A Busy Mom

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Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  

Planning on-the-go can be a fun way to bring your planning with you where ever you are.  There are many reasons why a planner lover may end up planning on-the-go.  In any case, your planning time does not need to be limited to the cozy confines of your couch.

Ideally, I love to snuggle up with a hot cup of tea and a warm blanket during my precious planning time.  Surrounded by all of my planner goodies, I relax at the sight of my washi and pens.  As a homeschool soccer mom of 5 boys, this idyllic scene is not always possible.

I have come to depend upon my planners.  I need these sweet little beauties in my life to organize all the cray-cray up in this joint!  My brain has been thanking me for dumping out all of my ideas, to-dos, and inspirations.

*In case you are wondering, I am up to 5 planners.  I know-crazy for this gal who swore she would be a planner girl!  Hey, I’m willing to admit when I have been wrong.  I will  be sharing how I use each of these-and find time to plan in each.

If I know that I will have some time to kill, I will prepare ahead.  Often, however, I find that I am struck with planning. blogging, homeschool, spiritual, or other brilliant inspiration when out and about.  I find that always having at least a pencil and piece of paper is vital to reminding myself of such brilliance.  (I say that with just a touch of sarcasm.)

Things To Consider When Preparing For Planning On-The-Go

  1.  Type of Planner(s)–What sort of planners will you be planning with while out?  A simple and functional bullet journal will typically require less than a glam planner.
  2. Where Will You Be–Sitting on cold, hard bleachers on a windy day is much different than sipping on a latte at your local java joint.  If outdoors, think about the weather and environment.  Pack your bag with the supplies you will need to stay comfortable.
  3. Storage Containers–You may feel compelled to pack 4 suitcases with washi, stickers, and clips.  Don’t go there!  Keep it manageable, light, waterproof, and durable.

Above all else, use your common sense.  You do not want to be mourning the loss of one of your beloved planners or planner goodies.

Supplies For Planning On-The-Go

Stick to the basics.  Keep it simple (only a few washi-not your entire collection!).  Secure your pencils, pens, and clips to prevent breakage.

Here are a few tips to consider when planning on-the-go:

  • Choose a theme ahead of time.  Will you be planning out a week or month?  If so, select a theme and only pack coordinated washi, stickers, clips, and other embellishments.
  • Bring post-it notes.  Use as reminders in case you forgot or couldn’t bring that specific supply.
  • Remember index cards or scrap paper.  Jot down your important dates, deadlines, and to-dos.  You may find yourself distracted when on-the-go and it can be helpful to have this reference.
  • Shop your stash!  Dig through your storage.  Like me, you may find several items that can be reused or upcycled for planning on-the-go.
  • Put anything that can be damaged with water into plastic zipper bags.   You just never know!
  • If you just have to bring along some of your sticker sheets, use a binder with plastic page protectors.

planning on-the-go

I am very excited to share a few of the ways that I plan on-the-go.  My absolutely favorite carrier is this Vera Bradley Tech Backpack.  It is a bit larger but has plenty of room to fit several planners in the middle section.  The front section has built-in pen/pencil holders and zippered pocket.  The back part (where a laptop would typically fit) is my fav!  I put my sticker binder in there where it fits like a charm. Shop Vera Bradley!


planning on-the-go

I currently use an older Vera Bradley zippered makeup pouch to hold pens and pencils when on-the-go.  I have their Impressionista pencil pouch on my ever-growing planner wishlist.

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planning on-the-go


Another planning on-the-go storage case that has been greatly helpful when I want to transport stamps, punches, and ink pads is this tackle box.  I found this gem at Walmart for under $3.  I love personalizing it with stickers and how I can see through it to easily find what I need.

planning on-the-go


planning on-the-go


I hope that these tips help you with planning on-the-go?  What tricks and tools do you use when you have to plan on-the-go?




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How Planning Has Saved My Sanity

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Hey!  My name is Amy Milcic and I am a planner addict.  (Whew!  I said it!)

 I swore that I wouldn’t jump on the planner bandwagon.  I like to do things my own way with a unique twist.  I don’t follow trends and will swear to my dying day that Converse is the best brand of shoes out there.

When my friend, Jenn (a.k.a.Jenn-A), told me about how planners have helped transform her busy life, I became intrigued.  As a homeschool blogger and soccer mom to 5 boys, I have quite a few plates that I need to keep spinning at once.  (To get an idea of all the cray-cray in my life, head over to my blog, Busy Boys Brigade.)  I felt frazzled and overwhelmed with my growing to-do list.  I had to find out more-but was still resistant.

Where was my resistance coming from?  Well, like I said I tend to buck trends.  Also, to be honest, I didn’t want to throw down a chunk of money on something that I wasn’t sure that I would ever use or that would help.  

Jenn (and other friends on Periscope) encouraged me to check out different planners and sales.  Finally biting the bullet, I headed to my local Michael’s with a coupon.  I set a budget and told myself that I would go for it if I could find anything that I liked.  (Yeah, I get a good chuckle out of that now!)

I was told the Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas would rock my world. I was told that there were super cute variations and I would be hooked at first sight.  I was told that once I started, I’d never look back.

Planner friends, everything I was told was completely right!

I found a Happy Planner kit that was super affordable with my coupon.  I loved the cover and everything about it.  Plus, it was way under my self-prescribed budget.  It was a no-brainer and game changer.

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Happy Planner=Happy Momma

As soon as I got home and the boys were in bed, I spread my new planner goodies about my desk.  Instantly, I became immersed in setting up my Happy Planner.  I found myself smiling as I started my first spread. I had dabbled in scrapbooking back in the day, but this was just out of this world fun!

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One of my favorite Happy Planner Spreads, using craft paper and punch outs

And just like that, I was hooked.  Planners (yes, that’s plural.  When I love something, I’m all in!) have transformed my life just like they have Jenn’s.  How could I have been missing out all on this sweet goodness for so long?

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How Planning Has Saved My Sanity!

  1. family appointments
  2. meal planning (still a work in progress but at least it has started!)
  3. family reminders (birthdays, special events)
  4. homeschool happenings (I have a separate homeschool planner that I will share soon!)
  5. sports practices, games, & events (with 5 boys, we have a lot to manage)
  6. soccer coach reminders and schedules
  7. Church events and volunteer roles
  8. Blogs
  9. Periscope schedules and groups
  10. Creative outlet + Me Time

My head spins when I think about all that my family and I have going on in one week.  Prior to using planners, important (and not so important) tasks and commitments were frequently slipping through the cracks.  I knew that I could organize and manage it all but my index card to-do lists were not cutting it.

I can’t thank Jenn and my Periscope planner friends enough.  Planning has helped this busy mom regain her sanity-and carve out some precious me time that serves a purpose.

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My Arc planner with custom cover


I look forward to sharing how I use my planners (Happy, Carpe Diem, Arc, and Blog Planner) on-the-go (oh wait until you see my on-the-go planning bag!). I will also be sharing how planners have helped this sports mom tackle all of our schedules, games, and sports-related events.  Another area that I will be focusing on is using planners to coordinate and manage volunteer work.  

One of my biggest interests is planning on a budget.  Planning just rocks-but all the sweet goodness can quickly add up!  I will be sharing my planning on a budget tips and printables.  I also plan on creating some fun planner quotes and memes.

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If you are a busy mom and have a special way that you use your planners to rock your world, please share!   We moms need to share the love and help each other maintain our sanity while tackling mommydom!