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The New Year is here, and you’re likely taking a look at the calendar on your fridge thinking, “Oh yeah, I need to replace that.”
Is there a way to do this without dropping $25+, though? I think so. Here’s a bit of what I’ve learned about saving money on calendars and planners over the course of the past few Januarys.
Buy after the New Year.
You’re in luck here! It is after the New Year! This is one of the simplest steps that you can take to save money on calendars for your home.
In particular, check the calendar pop-up pagodas that tend to show up in malls across the nation around December. They’re now facing an upcoming rent payment and are really looking to move as much inventory as possible before they head out and do whatever else they do the remainder of the year (what do they do?). This can be part of your post-Christmas shopping stragegy.
If you head to one of these stores, you can often pick up a calendar to hang on your wall for up to 50% off what you would have paid a week ago. Planners are also reduced.
These discounts tend to increase as the year moves along. If you buy later in the month of January, you’ll typically save even more than if you bought at the beginning of January. If you can wait that long without being at risk of forgetting appointments, meetings, and the like, then this is an easy way to save a handful of dollars.
Don’t ever buy from an office supply store.
At least, don’t ever buy from a big box office supply store. The prices these guys charge on calendars is just plain stupid high. If you think that paying $40 for a calendar is a good idea, then be my guest. I think that’s a rip-off.
Even after the New Year, I don’t find the discounts on the desk calendars, planners, and the like to be that substantial at these locations. I understand that a planner costs more money to make than does a simple calendar you’re going to hang on your fridge, but $40? That’s crazy.
Instead, I would recommend checking out Walmart or Amazon.
The Dollar Store
I know we talk about this place quite a bit here on The Frugalite, but calendars are one thing that I’ve never found them to have a very good selection of. You can typically find some conglomeration of paper with dates printed out on it, but that’s pretty much all it is. You’ll spend money on a little notebook that’s too small for you to write anything on the date, and it’s really good for nothing other than saying, “Yep, today is Wednesday.”
You can use your phone for that.
Some of the best prices on planners that you’ll ever find are on Amazon. If you’re really not wanting to spend more than $10-15 to keep your year organized, they’ve got you covered. This is particularly handy as I’ve noticed that Walmart and Target tend to be nothing more than empty shelves for calendars at this time of year. I think this is due to their understanding that empty shelves don’t make money, so you may as well put a product on that spot that will generate income.
Amazon doesn’t have that issue, though, and you shouldn’t have a problem with finding a planner, wall calendar, or whatever type of dating tool you use to keep track of what you have scheduled for the day.
You can pick up wall calendars for about $10 each over here at the moment. If you try to avoid Amazon like the plague, this is an alternative. You can pick up daily planners here as well for as low as $16 too. They have a little bit of everything here, and you don’t even have to leave your home.
I’m not a huge fan of this option, but a lot of people like them, so we may as well include them. You can easily make your own calendar or planner with your home office printer and a 3-ring binder. Free things online typically mean that you are the product, so I would caution you to go ahead and purchase the calendar download if this is the option you’re looking at.
Etsy has a number of printable designs available for right around $2.
Save the date. Buy cheap calendars.
For many, having a calendar of some form is a necessity of life. You need to know when things are scheduled to happen, when you can schedule other things in the future, and it serves as a great reminder system of things (such as anniversaries) that you might otherwise forget.
But if you’re looking to save a few bucks on picking up a calendar or planner this year, hopefully, by checking out some of the above resources, you’ll better be able to do so.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Are there other great sources for finding cheap calendars that you know of? Let us know in the comment section.
Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has four published books, What School Should Have Taught You, The Faithful Prepper, An Arm and a Leg, The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.