Stationery Review: Clever Fox Budget Book – Rose Gold


Image Description: a title-card for the blog-post. It has “Stationery Review: Clever Fox Budget Book – Rose Gold” with four red strawberries on each corner.

I discovered the Clever Fox brand of stationery via Jenna Moreci. I don’t know if it was a part of her newsletter or a part of her Quarterly Goals videos that Jenna Moreci used to make, however, she recommended them and I found the Planner Pro A4 Notebook rather appealing. Clever Fox was having a “buy one, get one free” promotion from the Budget book and I figured this might be a good idea.

Features:
Pages: 120 pages
Notebook Style: 1-year Undated Planner
Other Features: Pen-holder and pocket for receipts.

Pricing break-down from Amazon:
Item Subtotal: US $14.99
Shipping & Handling: US $6.93
Total before tax: US $21.92
Estimated tax to be collected: US $2.19
Grand Total: US $24.11
Payment Grand Total: AUS $37.24

So, if you’re an Amazon seller, and you’re wondering why you’re not getting a lot of reviews from customers who live in Australia, that pricing break-down is a pretty good explanation. I am essentially paying double the price because of where I live. If it wasn’t for the “buy one get one free” promotion, I probably wouldn’t consider this item economically feasible, which is a little ironic considering the product’s intended use.

Now, with regards to the product itself, I love the cover (so shiny) and the content of the planner. I would have prefered the savings tracker and debit tracker to be at the front of the book rather than the back, however, other than that, I think Budget book has a great page layout and design. The Clever Fox creator has put a lot of thought and effort into the structure of the book.

Content Warning: Unfortunately, for a couple of the photos (front and back cover), there’s some shiny plastic glare, and a few the photos are a little blurry. Sorry about that.


Image Description: The front cover the Clever Fox Budget Book. It’s a rose gold colour (shiny and pink). The cover has small embossed symbols related to money and finances and a pink elastic band binding around the cover of the book.


Image Description: Page 1 of a shiny piece of white paper with detailed instructions on how to use the Clever Fox Budget Book.


Image Description: Page 2 of a shiny piece of white paper with details instructions on how to use the Clever Fox Budget Book. In the bottom right-hand corner is a small box with Quick Budgeting Tips.

I think it’s a great move on Clever Fox’s behalf to include a small pamphlet like this. If Budgeting is something you struggle with, and you know you struggle with it, the book just by itself might not help you. It’s nice to include a guide for those who need a little extra help.


Image Description: The title page of the book. It has the Clever Fox symbol up the top of the page. Underneath the symbol is the text “Clever Fox Budget Book” and personal contact details.


Image Description: A monthly overview page on the left and a monthly budget table on the right.


Image Description: A table for expense tracking on both the left and right side of the pages.


Image Description: Two pages of dotted grid paper on the left and right side.

I like how the Budget book has this extra space set aside at the end of every month. Any notes you make want to make or reminders you may want to jot down can go in this section.


Image Description: Two pages of identical tables on the left and right sides. The tables are called “Savings Tracker”


Image Description: Two pages of identical tables on the left and right sides. The tables are called “Debit Tracker”


Image Description: Two pages of identical tables on the left and right sides. The tables are called “Regular Bill Tracker”


Image Description: Two pages of identical tables on the left and right sides. The tables are called “Summary of the Year”. These tables are for a yearly overview of finances.


Image Description: A large white paper envelope at the back of the book for storing stuff like receipts.

I like this little pocket section. The cardstock is nice and thick and it feels like it could store a few receipts before it becomes too bulky.


Image Description: a single sheet of people with stickers. There are multiple different types of stickers, however, they are all money/finance themed stickers.

The stickers are super cute, however, the Budget Book is highly structured (a positive in my view), so at this point, I’m a little unclear as to where the stickers could go. I suppose you could use them in the monthly goals section or the dotted-grid paper section.


Image Description: The back cover the Clever Fox Budget Book. It’s a rose gold colour (shiny and pink). It lists the special features of the notebook.

All in all, I really like this planner, I love all the different colours available, and the page design is clear and super practical. Happy to recommend this planner for those hoping to review their finances.

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