Even though I’m pretty frugal, there are a few items that have totally been worth the splurge. Everyone’s budget is different, so for the purpose of this post, I consider anything over $50 a big-ticket item.
- Upright storage with drawers. The washi, pens, stamps, and stickers piled up mighty fast, so I bought this rolling cart from Michael’s. It retails for about $90 but Michael’s always has a good deal. Their craft storage is often on sale and coupons are available every week. Stores like IKEA and Target also have other popular storage options.
2. An Amazon Prime Membership
Yep, I’m the person who refreshes the USPS tracking page every 30 minutes to see if her package has arrived. Having Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping is great for getting my orders fast and knowing exactly when my packages will get to my home. I’ve bought hard-to-find planners, washi, journal inserts, unique gifts, and home goods with Prime.
There are tons of other features like downloadable books, music and movies, but I only use it for shipping. One thing to keep in mind: not all Prime-eligible items have two-day shipping. Some may take five days, which is still faster than what the retailer would offer for an order with standard shipping.
The membership offers a lot, so at $99 a year, I’d say it’s worth the cost.
3. Polaroid Zip
This little gadget has been so useful in putting my memories on paper! I travel a few times a year and love taking pictures, so this is convenient to have when I want to journal away from home.
The Polaroid Zip is a mobile printer that gives you cute 2×3 snapshots for your art journal, vision board, memory planner. You take a picture, link your smartphone and Zip with Bluetooth, and print a picture in seconds. Two of my favorite features about this product: 1. The photos have sticky backing! 2. It’s rechargeable. No fuss with batteries, ever. You can read more about it here.
The only retail store I’ve seen with the Polaroid Zip was Jo-Ann Fabrics, who offers this product for $179. Using my Prime membership, I bought my Zip and a 50-pack of photo sheets in a bundle for $150.
I realize that I’ve mentioned Amazon a few times on this post, but this is not a sponsored ad, lol. I’ve had a really positive experience with their site and it’s one of my go-to places to shop.
What are some of your best planner investments? Maybe a Cricut for designing clips or a great quality leather journal? Let me know!