A Bullet Journal Set Under $25 to Start Off the New Year and Budget


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With one pen and notebook, designer and author Ryder Carroll, founder of the bullet journal, created an analog system that is orderly yet flexible. The system allows for such creative freedom that no two bullet journals are the same. As seen on Instagram, many people have showcased creative layouts and drawings.

Priscilla Baek, Co-News Editor

With the new year bringing an infatuation with productivity, planners have been flying off the shelves. Unfortunately, no matter how much you spend, you might not find the perfect fit to schedule events in the way that comes naturally to you.

Lately, Instagram and YouTube have circulated a popular, planning system: the bullet journal. Created by designer and author Ryder Carroll in 2013, bullet journaling, an analog system to keep life organized, has become one of the most flexible and productive methods of the decade. Here is everything you need to start one with only $25 in your wallet.

Fashioned in seven different colors, the Minimalism Art Classic Notebook Journal with dotted grid pages rival the quality of expensive brands such as Leuchtturm1917 and Moleskine. Though it is not a true A5 size, the 192 pages of 100gsm paper are 20gsm thicker than Leuchtturm1917 pages; the thicker paper quality allows for ink to not bleed. Five inches wide and eight inches long, this leather hardcover notebook is priced at $9.95 on Amazon.

What is a notebook without a trustworthy pen? The Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers sold in sets of 12 are dependable fineliners that are smooth on paper and easy on the hand. They are not only long-lasting but also affordable with the price per pen coming out to 66 cents. The total cost for the whole set is $7.91 on Amazon.

The beautiful bullet journal spreads with hand-drawn doodles and perfect calligraphy can be daunting. However, a bullet journal does not require anything more than a pen and notebook. If you do want to spice up your layout, start simple with a few colors. One of the most famous highlighters is the Zebra Mildliner. Priced at $6.42 on Amazon, Zebra Mildliner five-count highlighters are dual-tipped with a chiseled edge and a pointed tip to create thick and thin lines.

You might get caught up in the bullet journal craze, with multiple brush pens and washi tape later, but for now, the beginner bullet journal set will suffice totaling $24.28 excluding tax.