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The Happy Planner Beginner Shopping List

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So, you are ready to take the plunge and get started with decorative planners. Now you are standing in the aisle at your local craft store. It can be a bit overwhelming seeing all the cute stickers, washi tape, and the plethora of planners to choose from. And, I know from experience how tempting it is to not toss one of each into your basket.

So, where do you start? How do you keep from buying too much? How do you keep your spending at an acceptable amount when it’s so tempting?

I’ve compiled a list of my most used items. If I had to narrow my supplies down to the bare minimum, this is what I would have left.

Happy Planner Beginner Shopping List

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There are multiple options to choose from. To start, choose one of 3 sizes. The classic, the BIG, and the mini. The classic is the original, and there are more accessories for it. From here you have horizontal and vertical weekly layouts. Most of the planners have the vertical. That is the basics.

There are sub-categories. You can get the Teacher edition, the student edition, the fitness planner, recipe organizer, soon to be release memory planner, faith planner, etc. I’m probably missing some, but you get the idea.

Decide what you will be using your planner for mostly, and see what will work for you and your taste.

And this in no way is a sponsored post. I just love my Happy Planner. 🙂


These are my favorite accessories. I would purchase the sticker value packs—it just makes more sense for the cost. They have a ton to choose from, and I love them all, but for functionality, my most used are the productivity value pack and the mom value pack.

Washi Tape

It’s so diverse when planning. You can use it as dividers, labels, decorations, etc. I like the Happy Planner washi as it matches the stickers and the little decorations in the planners.

Home Planner Extention Pack

I like this to have a master to-do list. I pull from this list as I plan my days. The meal planner is great and has a grocery list sheet to be extra productive. There is also a cleaning schedule. I check off the tasks as I do them daily. Then I can see when I last shampooed carpets or last cleaned out the pantry. It also has a budget section, but I’m a horrible budgeter and haven’t started using this—even though my wallet says I should.

Sticky Notes

I made the mistake in the very beginning of not using sticky notes, and an appointment changed. I had written down an appointment that was almost 2 months out, and it got canceled. Now I utilize the sticky notes for things that are more than a couple weeks out. If they get canceled or rescheduled, I just have to move my sticky note.

Pens, Pens and more Pens

Did I say pens? I have a weird obsession with pens. I have always collected them, and I can’t stand when one goes missing or when someone else uses my good pens.

My favorites for planning are the Papermate Inkjoy Gel. They write smooth, come in a wide variety of colors and don’t smudge. I also like the Papermate Flair. These also write smooth, have many colors and don’t smudge.

I hope this list helps. Don’t forget to share or pin it for later.

Happy Planning


Would you add anything to this list? Let me know in the comments below.



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