Editorial note: This article was originally published on March 22, 2018.

Journaling is amazing. It’s a great tool for planning your day, getting things off your chest, or simply writing about how your day went. In order to keep a journal consistently, you’re going to need some supplies. But buying journals can be expensive. As a journaler myself, I know all the best places to purchase journals that are both affordable and cute. Check out the places below to buy the most fabulous and budget-friendly journals and notebooks.

TJMaxx, Marshalls & Home Goods

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I’ve found that TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are some of the best stores to purchase journals, especially if you’re looking for something cute at a great price. But, you have to be dedicated when you go looking at these stores. Some of the best options are hidden at the back of the shelf.

World Market

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I’m not sure that there are World Markets everywhere, but if you find there’s a location near you, it’s definitely worth checking out. World Market is like a mix between Crate & Barrel and TJMaxx. It has tons of fun stuff including furniture, kitchenware, candles, gourmet international food items, home decor and so much more. One of the things I discovered during my first trip to World Market is that they have super cute journals and notebooks! Check out their selection on their website.


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Target is one of my favorite places to find the cutest options. They have a large selection, and if you catch them on the right day, they put their journals on clearance.


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It’s no surprise that Amazon makes the list. With all the affordable items they sell and Prime two-day delivery, you’re sure to find some amazing options at an equally amazing price. (Pro tip: Amazon also has a ton of guided options for those of you that are new to this.)

Forever 21 — A Surprising Journaling Paradise


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You might be surprised during your next trip to Forever 21. Take a look through the area near the checkout line. You’ll find some notebooks and journals that are too cute not to get. And because it’s Forever 21, you know the price is going to be good.

Etsy — The No. 1 Place for Journaling


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The number one place to go for journal lovers everywhere. Because there are so many shops custom-making journals, Etsy is the absolute best place to find exactly the shape, color and type of journal or notebook you’re looking for. Check out all their options!