What's in a name?
Well, in the world of notebooks, it seems that the answer is that we pay heavily for snobbish aspirations. But as always, customer beware and you may pay less for lower quality ...but sometimes not.
Take these chubby exercise books for instance. At slightly under 8 x 10" with 160 fine-lined pages they are similar size to Moleskine Extra Large Cahier notebooks which have coarser paper and 40 fewer pages. The Moly has sewn lay-flat binding and a memorandum storage flap inside the back cover and the last 16 pages are perforated for easy removal. These highly tactile numbers only have a two-year calendar right at the front. They are published in USA and made in China. I got mine in TKMaxx. The sea cover was from last year and the mountain range was bought just before Christmas ... the best time for optimum choice in this store with pre-Easter a good second choice time. They last well and cost £3.99 each.
Meanwhile, over on EBay all year around, you might find these slightly larger than A6 hardback journals with elastic closure and around 90 pages for a similar price including postage. 'Designed in Cornwall' and sold by CGBgiftware.co.uk
Jumping down to the trio of cloud effect pocket notebooks, these are A6 paperbacks with lined pages and space for entry dates at £1.99 each from China via EBay. Their covers invite you to "Dream and Explore" which always seems a good idea!
Still on EBay I found these cute 9x13cm [TN Passport Size] little items, perfect bound with plain textured white pages for £2.50 each inc. p&p The covers announce 'A Little Book For Big Ideas'.
This Frugal Friday round-up closes with a brace of 'Kit Bag Field Notes' that have nothing in common with their famous USA bretheren and at £4.25 for two compare favourably with their big brother's typical £9+for a three pack. A6 size again.
If these prices still seem steep, there is always your local supermarket or pound-store where you may find a bargain if you are lucky. Just remember ,,, Caveat Emptor!
While politicians on bothside of the Atlantic are waffling about special trading arrangements between our countries, I was amused and delighted to see that good old Tesco - where every little helps - are selling reams [500 sheets] packs of 70gsm A4 white printer paper for £2.50
This is £1 cheaper than The Works and Wilco and £4 cheaper than the cheapest in Margate's WHSmith.
The Tesco stuff is 'made for Tesco in USA' according to the packaging.
I have been using it for the last six months with no problems.
All photos taken with my Canon Ixus 70 camera set on auto-everything except flash.