Get 2017 Off to An Organized Start: Your $50 Bullet Journal Starter Kit

published Dec 13, 2016
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So you’ve decided to start bullet journaling. Welcome to the BuJo club! To get you started, we put together a little starter kit for you with all the goodies you need to kick off your bullet journaling adventure. The best part: It’s pretty wallet-friendly totaling just under $50.


First things first: you need a nice notebook. There’s really no right or wrong notebook for bullet journaling. The only requirement is that you love it and that it works for you and your lifestyle. You can get a fancy designer one or just nab a composition notebook from the dollar store. It’s completely up to you. However, if you want to do like the bullet journal Instagram stars, we highly recommend the Leuchtturm 1917 dotted notebook. It has a built-in index. The pages are already numbered and the dotted paper makes it flexible for different types of layouts.

Investment: $19.50
Grab it here: Amazon

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Next, you need a nice pen to write with. Of course, you can use any pen that you already have and love, but when you’re starting a new planning system, treating yourself to a pretty new pen (like this patterned pair from the Sugar Paper collection at Target) just makes the whole process that much more fun.

Investment: $8.99
Grab them here: Target

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A ruler might seem really basic and boring, but it will really come in handy when you’re trying to create Instagram-worthy layouts.

Investment: $1.19
Grab it here: Amazon

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Colorful Brush Pens

Your bullet journal starter kit isn’t complete without something to spice up your BuJo with. Enter these colorful dual brush pens. The fine tip is great for writing and color-coding, while the brush tip is ideal for bullet journal newbies who want to step up their calligraphy game.

Investment: $14.95
Grab it here: Amazon

The grand total to get in the BuJo game: $44.63

Can’t get enough BuJo in your life? Check out more posts about bullet journaling right here.