Bullet Journaling on a Budget

Hey Guardians! In case you couldn’t tell from the title, I’m going to be showing you guys how to bullet journal on a budget! I know a lot of people think that it’s expensive to start a bullet journal, but really, it isn’t! I’m going to be showing you my methods for bullet journaling on a budget!

Ok, so the first thing we’re going to be talking about is supplies. Notebooks can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. I typically pay about $5 for my bullet journals, and believe me, that is a good price.

I’m going to be sharing two budget friendly versions of the bullet journal today, one is basically free, and the other is less than $20.

Option 1

Regular notebook – usually under $1

Ballpoint pen – pretty much free.

Option 2

Dotted notebook – $5 at Michaels

Tombow Brush Pens – $5

Crayola super tips – $7 for a 50 pack.

That is it! That’s all you need to start a bullet journal, and personally, I believe that’s all you really need. It isn’t expensive at all! Anyway, now I’ll be showing some spreads you can make with these supplies.

Here is a spread I made with the “free” option. It is a title page for February. As you can see, it fulfills the purpose of seperating the different months. You can even decorate it a little!

But, personally I prefer a little bit more color, and the more expensive option does that. This is a very simple page that you can do with just a couple markers.

These are two ways to “fake” calligraphy. All you really do for both methods is make the up strokes thin, and the down strokes wider.

Here’s a weekly spread that you can do with just a regular pen. It’s pretty easy to do, so I won’t explain it that much.

You can also make habit trackers with both of these methods! They’re both very simple, the main difference is just that one uses black x’s and the other one gets colored in.

You can also make a calendar that is pretty simple.

Finally, here’s my last weekly spread. I made it with the markers, and it’s very similar to the black and white one, just with some added colors.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little tutorial! Let me know your best money saving bullet journal tips!

14 thoughts on “Bullet Journaling on a Budget

  1. Cute!!! Idk if this was on purpose or accident but some of the pictures are Halloween costume pics? Just figured I’d let u know 😉 My bujo tips would just be that you don’t need a ton of supplies to make it pretty, a pen and a couple markers can make it really cute and unique! Also Pinterest has some REALLY good inspo for bullet journaling! Enjoyed this post xx 💕💕

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    1. Whoops! That happens sometimes, it usually helps to view it on Google Chrome on the actual site.
      Yes! I used to use a ton of supplies, but a pen and markers do wonders. Yes, definitely!

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    1. Thank you! Good for you! I’m sure with practice it will turn out amazing. My calligraphy was pretty bad at first, but now I like the way it looks. Thank you so much, and I’m glad I inspired you!


  2. Mmhm! I totally just used a notebook from the dollar store and I love it! And then I just use an erasable pen with it. I don’t do many fancy covers or artwork on it although I would like to. But then I noticed I overspend time on making it pretty, then getting exhausted and not using it until the next month.

    However, yes! Cheap BuJos are entirely possible and sometimes a a simple single pen can be a design inspiration on its own.

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