Looking for your next journal without breaking the bank? You’ve come to the right place. Find bullet journals, traditional writing journals, and more. When I say “cheap journal”, I don’t mean dollar store cheap. Keep reading to find out the criteria for this list.

 

Even if budget isn’t a factor in choosing your next journal, these are still some great options for you. Don’t let the title fool you, the word “cheap” doesn’t mean low quality when it comes to these journals.

 

With that being said, some of these journals may be lacking every feature you’re searching for. Sometimes you may have to sacrifice every feature you want for the price. Keep reading to find the best budget friendly journal for you and check out the features they offer.

 

Quality Journals that are cheap or budget friendly. Under $15.

 

 

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Criteria to make this list:

  • Under $15 at the time of writing this post.
  • Paper must have at least 120 GSM.
  • Must have Free Shipping (or offered through Amazon Prime).
  • Have at least 2 key features (bookmark, pen loop, elastic closure, back pocket, numbered pages, or an index).
  • Must have at least a 4-star review.

 

 

 

Lemome Bullet journal a budget friendly option.

 

 

Lemome Bullet Journal 

This was my first ever bullet journal! When I first discover bullet journaling I knew I wanted to start with a cheap journal and something that offered quality. I found this journal on Amazon and decided on this one after reading the reviews. I was NOT disappointed, and I actually still use this bullet journal from time to time. My journal collection has grown quite a bit over time but this one still holds a special place in my heart (how cheesy is that?).

 

Thoughts/Opinions

  • Simple design. The Lemome Bullet Journal doesn’t have crazy patterns or over the top features, they keep it simple and it works. 
  • The paper quality is GREAT.
  • Drawbacks of this journal include; lack of color options, and it has been noted in some online reviews that the binding is weak. However, I personally have not had an issue with this. 

 

 

KEY FEATURES:

Number of Pages: 96 Sheets / 192Pages

GSM: 120

Paper Color: Off White *On Amazon (in the review section) I’ve noticed that the paper appears to be White rather than off white. So, I can’t say for certain that the color of the paper is one or the other. 

Color Options: This specific Lemome Bullet Journal only comes in black. However, you can find a few other options but there are some differences. Here’s the Cork Cover Lemome Bullet Journal for example. 

Index: No

Size: A5

Numbered Pages: No

Cover Material: Faux Leather

Pen Loop: Yes

BookMark: 1 Ribbon Bookmark

Elastic Closure: Yes

Back Pocket: Yes

 

Lemome makes more than bullet journals. They also offer a wide-ruled journal, blank notebooks, and a grid notebook.

All three of these journals include the following:

Pages: 90 Sheets / 180 Pages

Pen Loop: Yes

BookMark: 1 Ribbon Bookmark

Back Pocket: Yes

 

Want to know more about the Lemome Bullet Journal? Check out my full Lemome Bullet Journal Review.

 

 

 

 

 

Minimalism Art Bullet Journal budget friendly option.

 

 

 

Minimalism Art Bullet Journal

After my Lemome Bullet Journal filled up I decided it was time to see what other bullet journals had to offer. I knew I wanted a journal that had white pages rather than off-white. I came across this one and I really enjoyed it, and still do from time to time. 

 

Thoughts/Opinions

  • Elegant and simple design with 180° lie-flat opening.
  • I really like the paper quality in this bullet journal and the color!
  • Drawbacks of this journal include; (I’ve noticed that this bullet journal has been unavailable for quite a while. So, I decided to do some research. After reading through some reviews a few people were saying that their “dots weren’t even”. After looking at my own, I can confirm that this is true. It appears (in my own journal) that they are aligned at the beginning of the journal but towards the middle and end the dots gradually seem to become uneven. I still really like this journal, if you aren’t too concerned about the dot issue you may still want to consider this journal. If you MUST have perfect alignment, don’t buy this journal (when/if it’s available again). If they fix this issue, I’ll update it here.

 

 

KEY FEATURES:

Number of Pages: 234 Pages

GSM: 120

Paper Color: White

Color Options: This exact Minimalism Art Bullet Journal comes in 5 colors. (White, Pink, Tan, Gray, and Golden Yellow)

Index: Yes

Size: A5

Numbered Pages: Yes

Cover Material: Leatherette hardcover

Pen Loop: No

BookMark: 2 Ribbon Bookmarks

Elastic Closure: Yes

Back Pocket: Yes

 

You can find Minimalism Art Journals in other styles as well. Including the following: plain/blank, grid, and wide ruled.

These journals include the following:

Pages: 234 Numbered Pages

Pen Loop: No

BookMark: 2 Ribbon Bookmarks

Back Pocket: Yes

 

 

 

 

 

The hustlers co. notebook

 

Hustle Co. Bullet Journal 

This is a solid bullet journal offering some great quality at a fair price. If you aren’t looking for anything fancy as far as colored or patterned covers this is the way to go.

Thoughts/Opinions

  • The Hustle Co. Bullet journal lays flat for easier writing. 
  • Slipcase (book sleeve) for storage and protection.
  • Full Disclosure: I have never used this bullet journal. However, it made the list due to the price, reviews, and features. 
  • *Currently offering a free 6-inch ruler with the purchase of this bullet journal (This is a limited time offer if this is important to you be sure to read the description before purchasing).

 

 

KEY FEATURES:

Number of Pages: 160 pages (80 sheets)

GSM: 120

Paper Color: Cream Color

Color Options: Black With Dark Blue Spine

Index: No

Size: A5

Numbered Pages: Yes

Cover Material: Leatherette hardcover

Pen Loop: Yes

BookMark: 1 Ribbon Bookmark

Elastic Closure: Yes

Back Pocket: Yes

 

 

 

Scrivwell bullet journal - budget friendly option

 

Scrivwell Bullet Journal

This is a minimalistic design offering quality and a variety of color options to choose from. If you aren’t into a simple black or white cover you should consider this one.

 

Thoughts/Opinions

  • Full Disclosure: I have never used this bullet journal. However, it made the list due to the price, reviews, and features. 
  • Comes in numerous colors with a minimal design.
  • The coating can slow down the drying time of your markers and pens, which could lead to smearing. 

 

 

KEY FEATURES:

Number of Pages: 208Pages

GSM: 120

Paper Color: White

Color Options: The Scrivwell Bullet Journal comes in a whopping 12 colors (berry, black, brown, green, grey, orange, pink, purple, red, teal, white, and yellow).

Index: No

Size: A5

Numbered Pages: Yes

Cover Material: Vegan Leather Hardcover

Pen Loop: No

BookMark: 2 Ribbon Bookmarks

Elastic Closure: Yes

Back Pocket: Yes

 

 

 

 

budget friendly option for your bullet journal

 

JARBO Premium Dotted Journal (Bullet Journal)

Out of all the journals on this page, this one comes in at the lowest price point at the time of writing this. I got this dotted notebook for my planning process, I find that I need to practice my spreads for YouTube and my blog in an actual bullet journal. It’s practice so I didn’t feel the need to spend a ton of money on a practice journal. I was actually pleasantly surprised, I like it way more than I thought I would. 

 

Thoughts/Opinions

  • If you’re on a tight budget and want to start a new bullet journal or try bullet journaling for the first time, this is the way to go!
  • This journal only comes in this blue/white color combination. It’s simple and still looks different than the other bullet journal on the market. 
  • 180°Lay-flat for easy writing. 

 

KEY FEATURES:

Number of Pages: 96 sheets(192 numbered pages)

GSM: 120

Paper Color: Cream Color 

Color Options: Blue & White

Index: No

Size: A5

Numbered Pages: Yes

Cover Material: PU Leather journal

Pen Loop: No

BookMark: 1 Ribbon Bookmark

Elastic Closure: Yes

Back Pocket: Yes

 

 

There you have it! My complete list of cheap journals that still provide quality and features. Remember to read through reviews and compare these journals to find the perfect one for you. Don’t forget to check back for updates on these journals. 

 

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