July 1 marked the demise of probably my number one visited webpage, Google Reader. But even more exciting for school supply nerds like me, it also signaled the beginning of the mid-year planner season!

I have a confession to make. This planner addict spent her Christmas money on a Cooking Light subscription instead of a fancy. And I don’t regret it. 

In 2011 and 2012, I used the Exacompta Space 24 planner and adored it. I’d definitely use it again. But when it came time to order a new one, I dragged my feet because we were trying to save money.

Then I discovered Erin Condren and the new wave of adorable, customizable planners from talented graphic designers on Etsy. I’m obsessed! But those were even more expensive than my Space 24, and while we fortunately wouldn’t have suffered much if I’d purchased one, I have a hard time spending that much money on a planner when my colored pens and markers work just fine!

But I’m here to tell you about an impulse buy I made at — you guessed it — Target.

{image from Amazon}

This is the Weekly/Monthly Blue Sky planner series designed by Dabney Lee. Smart, smart move on Target’s part to pick up this line. You can tell it’s modeled after those trendy planners but for a fraction of the cost. 

Win!

I picked up the blue for obvious reasons, but there are other really cute colors and designs available.

Here’s a peek inside mine:

Each month begins with a broad snapshot glimpse of your month –
a good place to remember significant events that are happening in the future. 

And the next page has to-do lists called DO, CALL, and BUY.
Since I have an aversion to the phone, mine will be DO, WRITE, and BUY (groceries)

My favorite part? In the weekly section, each day has a to-do list.
The seven days are arranged landscape-style for optimum list-making. :)

At the end of each week, there’s also a column for Notes. Love this.
I’m going to use this section for planned meals and workouts each week.

In the very back of the planner, there’s a tab with Essential Info. While I’m not going to give you a screenshot of each page, they have helpful areas to list medical contacts, household contacts, and other contacts. There are filled sample checklists with suggestions for travel, party planning (including budget, notes, timeline, and guestlists), on-the-go essentials, groceries, and then several lined pages for notes. If you have any questions about these pages before you commit, email me and I’ll be happy to send you a picture.

So, in summary: while it may not be customizable or as extensive as other planners, it has a cute design (LOVE that cursive font), an efficient layout, lists and lists galore, and it’s more economical than some. If you’re in the market, check it out while you’re at Target this week!

{Note: I bought this planner with my own money!}

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