Is the Emily Ley Planner Actually Worth the Money?

This post: Simplified Planner review, in which you decide if it’s worth the money.

I love the idea of planners.

But I haven’t always loved using a planner.

Over the years, I’ve probably tried a dozen different planners.

Nine times out of ten, they end up shoved on a shelf-

or lost in a pile-

sometime before spring thaws the frost on my window.

3 Things You Need to Know About The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley | Kristy's Cottage blog
planner reviews should be honest

Here’s the honest truth:

Most planners aren’t user-friendly.

-> Most planners are a waste of money.

Today I want to talk about a planner I discovered last year.

And I’m still using it.

In fact, last week I placed a rather hefty order for this 2021 planner, the matching pouch, and the companion Home Base Binder Kit .

Why?

Because the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is different.

In full disclosure, if you’ve ever checked out the Simplified Planner then you know it can be a bit pricy.

So how did I go from shamelessly pitching my dollar-store-and-Bible-book store-planners mid-year… to investing $50 or $60 in a planner?

Is the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley really THAT much better?

Is it worth the money?

I’ll let you decide.

(Keep reading: I have money-saving tips below).

Any time I’m trying to decide how much money I’m willing to spend on something, I weigh how much value that product might actually bring to my life.

Even if something is inexpensive or super affordable, if the practical value is zero then it’s still a waste of money.

That’s how a planner that costs $20, or even $5, isn’t worth it.

-> Unless a product actually brings value to my life, then I’ve wasted my dollars.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have money to waste.

3 Things You Need to Know About The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley

In my quest for finding a planner that I’ll actually use, I look for a few very specific qualities.

Discovering these qualities in a planner is what makes that item priceless to me-

And a tool I’ll actually use to simplify and organize my life.

There are three things I want you to know about The Simplified Planner.

The Simplified Planner gives lots of space to write.

Nothing drives me crazy more than not having enough margin in a planner to actually write stuff down.

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I can’t tell you how many planners I’ve bought that had tiny calendar boxes, and practically no space for lists or notes.

The Simplified Planner by Emily Lee is refreshingly generous with white space.

The Simplified Planner by Emily Lee is refreshingly generous with white space. | product review by Kristy Howard, KristysCottage.com
planners for women need LOTS of white space
The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley gives lots of space to write. | [product review by Kristy Howard, KristysCottage.com
There are lots of lined pages for jotting down notes and lists. xoxo

Personally, I prefer the daily or weekly editions of this planner, as they offer the most white space for scheduling.

The daily edition-shown below (2020 planner)– is thicker and boasts the most pages.

The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley in Review | Kristy's Cottage blog

The Simplified Planner doesn’t overwhelm with useless lists.

Have you ever actually used one of those “habit trackers” that most planners include?

Yeah, me neither.

In fact, most of the lists and charts in planners just take up space-

Space I could be using for writing my own stuff down.

The lists and charts found in Emily Ley’s planners are delightfully practical.

The lists and charts found in Emily Ley's planners are delightfully practical. | product review by Kristy Howard, KristysCottage.com
“The Simplicity Challenge” and “Yearly Bucket List” are both found at the front of the planner.
The lists and charts found in Emily Ley's planners are delightfully practical. | product review by Kristy Howard, KristysCottage.com
A handy prep list is included at the end of every week.

The Simplified Planner by Emily Lee is heirloom quality.

The bold charm of Emily Ley’s style is what initially drew me to her planners.

When I finally took the plunge and invested in my first Simplified Planner, I was amazed by the quality.

Honestly, I felt like I was handling something luxurious… I couldn’t even throw away the box!

Everything about the Simplified Planner is heirloom quality: the pages, the covers, the binding- like I said, even the boxes.

So why would you hand down a planner as an heirloom, you ask?

Well, I’m not saying you have to. I’m just saying, you could, if you wanted to.

The planners are that well made.

If you like bright florals, polka dots, stripes, bold femininity + high quality- you'll adore Emily Ley. | Simplified Planner review, KristysCottage.com

Emily Ley’s bold and beautiful signature style is reminiscent of another of my favorite brands: Kate Spade.

If you like bright florals, polka dots, stripes, bold femininity + high quality- you’ll adore the Simplified Planner.

What if I still can’t afford the Simplified Planner?

So maybe you’re convinced that The Simplified Planner might be worth the money… but it just doesn’t fit the budget.

I get it.

There have been lots of years that I couldn’t have spent $50 or $60 on a planner. (I mean, $50 used to be our weekly grocery budget!)

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The good news, there are more affordable options: still beautiful, still practical, still The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley.

Many office stores, like Office Depot and Staples, or home + grocery markets like Target and Walmart, carry less expensive editions of the Simplified Planner.

These editions aren’t quite as posh as the products available at EmilyLey.com, but they’re still top quality- and they’re as useful as they are pretty.

You can find a line of Emily Ley planners on Amazon for under $10 (for pocket editions), or less than $30 (for full size planners).

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll enjoy free shipping as well. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, try it out for FREE for 30 days.

A peek at Emily Ley’s collections on Amazon:


Note on the Amazon Emily Ley planners:

Watch out for the look-alikes that are not by Emily Ley.

There are lots of pretty options, but if you’re looking for the practicality and quality of Emily Ley, double check for her logo (all her planners are clearly labeled).


Academic Agenda, Daily or Weekly by Emily Ley

Emily Ley recently shared on Instagram:

 We are expecting to sell out of Simplified Planners sooner than usual this year. We typically try to have them in stock well into February, but this year I’m predicting they’ll be gone long before that. Just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you’re considering ordering. Because of how they’re made, we aren’t able to restock.”

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3 Things You Need to Know About The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley | Kristy's Cottage blog

Simplified Planner Editions by Emily Ley

Daily Editions (I’m using this edition for 2021)

Weekly Editions (I used this edition for 2020)

Dapperdesk Editions

Teacher Planners

Wedding Planners

Planner Accessories

Planner Pouches (I love mine!)

Paper Clips

Stickers

Mini Notebooks

Page Markers

Pens

Stretchy Bands

Washi Tape

The Simplified Planner + Pouch, by Emily Ley | Kristy's Cottage blog
I bought the Blue Trellis planner pouch this year.

More “Simplified” tools by Emily Ley

The Home Base Binder Kit, by Emily Ley | Kristy's Cottage blog
I’m excited about using this in 2021! It’s been a while since I used a home binder. xoxo
A Simplified Life, by Emily Ley | Kristy's Cottage blog
A Simplified Life, by Emily Ley | $20.00 $14.00
Grace Not Perfection, by Emily Ley | Kristy's Cottage blog
Grace Not Perfection, by Emily Ley | $20.00 $14.00

These are the three qualities I look for in a planner-

  • plenty of space to write
  • practical lists & charts
  • high quality + beautiful

These also happen to be the reasons I’m a loyal user of the Emily Ley Planner.

Your Turn

Do you think the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is worth the money? Be honest! Drop me a comment below.

Academic Agenda, Daily or Weekly by Emily Ley

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