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Which planner do you use and why?
I use the Erin Condren Life Planner. I use my planner a lot, and love seeing the beautiful designs, inspirational quotes and other thoughtful details included in the ECLP. It has features such as interchangeable covers, a built-in folder, note pages and more. For 2019-2020, it’s available in three layouts (horizontal, vertical, and hourly), and two colorways (colorful and neutral). I use the hourly, and I coiled together a mixture of the colorful and neutral. You can see which pieces I chose from each planner in this video. I’m not getting paid to use the planner or for this review, but if you are interested in purchasing one for the first time you are welcome to use my referral link – which saves both you and me $10!
What pens do you recommend using in a planner? On stickers? On washi tape?
This is a personal question – different people have different preferences. I’m #teamblue and I love my Pilot G2-07 retractable gel pens. They write smoothly, they’re super inky, they don’t bleed through my planner and have been my go-to for years. I also love using Zebra Mildliners as highlighters. On glossy or vinyl stickers and washi tape, I prefer using a blue ultra-fine Sharpie because the color stands out, matches my G-2, and doesn’t smear.
What are your favorite planner shops?
The most important part about your planner is that it works for you – whether you choose minimalism or to decorate. My two go-to shops right now are: Erin Condren & Krissyanne Designs.
What type of printer do you use?
I use an HP 8610 for office work as well as printing the occasional sheet of stickers.
Do you donate / give stickers or other products away? What about for charity?
Follow me on Instagram for the occasional giveaway! As I don’t have a shop I typically can’t accommodate requests for product.
Can I download your handwriting as a font?
YES! You can find my handwritten font here.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a project manager for a consulting company. I have also worked in student affairs, and I volunteer as a money coach, room parent, PTO chair, and Girl Scout co-leader.
I want to start budgeting. How should I get started?
To start with budgeting, I recommend attending Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University near you, and/or reading his book, Total Money Makeover. Check out my JenPlans Budgeting Community Facebook Group here!
What are sinking funds?
Sinking funds are specific savings for expenses that are infrequent, irregular and/or unpredictable (examples are car repairs, annual family pictures or holiday gifts). You save a little each month so that you can pay them when they pop up. I have several videos that explain sinking funds in detail, and you can watch them here and here!
How do you keep track of your budget?
I use an Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner to manage our family’s finances. You can see my whole process here!