Splurge vs. Save 2015 #BloggersBTS


Last year I did a fun post comparing high end school supplies to less expensive (but equally as cute!) duplicates. You can read that here! Anyways, when I was brainstorming content for this week’s #BloggersBTS Theme (Desks) I was thinking of old Back to School blog posts I had done and immediately remembered that old post. Since I’ve been out and about constantly buying things for college, I am always seeing cute school supplies/desk accessories. Particularly during a trip to The Paper Source, I was in complete awe upon looking at the prices of some of the items. I loved everything, but couldn’t convince myself to spend what was being asked of me. As a result, I picked 2 Kate Spade items and one Ban.do item representing what I’ve seen in stores and then some counterparts I found online.

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I love this Kate Spade Little Gold Book, but for $16 it just doesn’t seem very practical (in person, it’s very tiny!). This Poppin Notebook isn’t that much cheaper, but is similar and saving $5 could potentially be worth it, depending upon what your budget is for school supplies. Since these are small and not the most practical, it would seem to me that if you want something of this sort, don’t break the bank! Poppin gets the job done with this sleek notebook, including an elastic band to wrap around the edge.

Witty File FoldersScreen Shot 2015-08-18 at 5.40.58 PMThese folders have different sayings (the “I am very busy” is almost an iconic phrase in the blogging world at this point), but they serve the exact same purpose and are similar colors, so I figured they comparison could still be made. The Ban.do folders are $14, and the Dreams & Schemes folders from are from TJ Maxx (online!) and are $6. Although I believe the Ban.do set comes with 6 and the Dreams & Schemes comes with 3, buying two sets of the Dreams & Schemes clocks in at $12, which is still less than $14 (although admittedly not by much). Apparently cute desk supplies don’t come cheap!

Gold Agendas

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I know these two aren’t exact duplicates – on the inside, they each have different sizes and layouts. However, if you are simply just looking for a particular color scheme and don’t want to drop a ton on a Kate Spade agenda, this is your best bet. Kate Spade Agendas typically retail for $36, which is definitely an investment for a planner, so go for a Day Designer x Target instead! This line is great because you get the accessibility of a Day Designer without paying what you would normally pay on the Whitney English website. This line through Target is way more reasonable and easy to find in Target stores!

That’s all for this week of #BloggersBTS Desks! Thanks again to Cathleen and Nicole for this awesome collaboration. I am so excited to share next week’s DIY with you!

xoxo, JamieCK3HQ-gWUAAvF9D

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6 Responses to Splurge vs. Save 2015 #BloggersBTS

  1. Vanessa says:

    Don’t you just love Target and TJ Maxx for school supplies? Lovely post!

  2. Adriana says:

    These are awesome save vs splurge tips!!! I LOVE Home Goods for supplies like these – you can often even find Kate Spade stationary!! I will admit – I’m guilty of spending a lot on stationary… Like a Lilly Pulitzer planner and some Kate Spade paper clips, etc, but I think I need to take your advice!! Haha awesome post!
    xo Adriana
    Daily Dose of Design

  3. Maricor says:

    This post is really helpful! Great picks!

    Golden Cor

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