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Here are some comparisons between the two options.
Printable Planners Save You Money
If you are looking to start a planner without spending a lot, using printables is your best bet. Of course, this depends on whether or not you have the paper and ink already, otherwise, it might cost you more. However, with everything else ready to go, you can start small by just printing a few pages, then print more and add them to any binder you have as needed. Eventually, you might decide on other customizable options, or want to switch to a different type of planner.
Store-Bought Planners are Already Set Up
As far as simplicity goes, a store-bought planner might be good for beginners since it is already set up and ready to go. There is no choosing the types of pages or the order they are in, as that is already done for you. You can still avoid some pages or add more, but this is a great first step if you want to choose one from the store. Just be sure to look inside each one before making your choice, as they are all a little different.
Printable Planners Have Customizable Options
If you are looking for a planner you can completely customize to work with every section you want to include, printable is the way to go. All you need is a folder or binder to start with, then you can choose and print any planner pages you want. Some places offer packages of 10 or more pages that go together, or you can customize them with your own colors and images. Be creative with your printable planner so that it is absolutely perfect for you. This will encourage you to use it more often.
Store-Bought Planners Don’t Have to Be Printed
Another benefit of the store-bought variety is that there is no printing to be done. You don’t have to worry about how to print on either side of the page, making sure you have enough ink or printing the right size.
In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. You can also combine them by buying a binder planner, then print and adding pages as needed.