Best Laid Plans

Ep 169: Reviews x 3! Passionate Penny Pincher // Pen & Pillar // Sprouted Hourly

October 23, 2023

This ep brings a fresh new batch of 2024 planner review with this episode, all of which were suggested by listeners!

All planners were purchased by me; links are not affiliate. Please keep in touch and let me know what else you’d like to see reviewed as we approach the peak of planner-buying season!


1) Passionate Penny Pincher: Is it a planner, or a lifestyle? Sarah is pretty sure it’s both and perhaps not geared to HER lifestyle, but there is a lot to unpack (and maybe it is a fit for you).

Link: here

2) Pen & Pillar: Sustainably made in the US, this weekly planner has plenty of space to track habits, routines + goals.

Link: here

3) Sprouted Hourly Planner: This hardback lay-flat planner features a vertical layout with a LOT of task management space and blank pages. An excellent option for someone looking for lots of goal/task management space that also wants to use their planner as a calandar/time map.

Link: here

How is your 2024 Planner lineup looking? Any of the above look enticing πŸ™‚ ?

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  • Reply Elisabeth October 23, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    You know I use and love my Sprouted (weekly). A big fan of that system in my world – and you’re the one that introduced me to that brand so THANK YOU.

    Got my 2024 planner last week and can’t WAIT to start filling things out.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 23, 2023 at 2:48 pm

      Yay!! It really is a lovely and unique planner out there. I’m so glad it has been such a great fit!!

  • Reply Cassie October 23, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Would love to be considered for the passionate penny pincher planner giveaway!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 23, 2023 at 6:48 pm

      Will post when I do it πŸ™‚ will probably do several planners at once!

  • Reply Jen S October 23, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve used a plum paper for the last three years – a vertical weekly and still really love it. I was about to order another when I decided I had to try the Laurel Denise. The size is my main concern but I am waiting impatiently for it to arrive. Was also really interested in the Mom Agenda. As an underbuyer it was hard to branch out when my plum paper works great. It’s a mind shift to tell myself I can get a different one if what I am using isn’t working.

    • Reply Julie November 13, 2023 at 7:42 am

      I’m in the EXACT same boat. Have always used plum paper and it works great but reallllllly wanting to try the Laurel Denise planner. It just is so cool. What do you think about it now that you have it?

  • Reply Adrienne October 23, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    The passionate penny pincher is so not my jam. I also thought it would be more budget minded than it seems from the material on the website. It’s still cool to hear about different kinds of planners though.
    I appreciate that you do try to be accepting of other lifestyles and views and appreciate.

  • Reply Stacy October 24, 2023 at 12:25 am

    Just received my 2024 planner pages from Franklin Covey. The blank pages feel like so much potential! The year is mine to create and I have already started thinking about how I want to fill it.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 24, 2023 at 5:09 am

      So excited for you Stacy!!

  • Reply Rebecca Hindin October 24, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Is there somewhere that I can leave a message or email with my planner questions? I’ve been using a planner that isn’t working well for me anymore and I have not been able to find exactly what I am looking for. I wonder if you have some advice. thank you!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 24, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      sure! email me – sarah . hart . unger at gmail πŸ™‚

  • Reply TIERA E AUBREY November 1, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    I LOVE your podcasts! ❀️
    Please let us know if that amazing Passionate Penny Pincher Planner is in a giveaway! Lol πŸ˜‚

    Tiera Aubrey

  • Reply A (Super Awesome) Planning Giveaway! – The Optimistic Musings of a Pessimist November 5, 2023 at 5:16 am

    […] use the Sprouted Planner, please see the official website, SHUs 2022 discussions of this product (2023 hourly here), and an Amanda’s Favorite video which includes a 15% off […]

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