I'm fairly new to the Filofax world myself, but after having done a lot of research before buying my first one, I've collected quite a few tips I'd like to share with anyone who might be thinking of getting started as well.
Part 1 - Choosing the size
Filofaxes come in 5 sizes: A4, A5, Personal (& Compact), Pocket, and Mini.
In order to chose the right size for you, you have to ask yourself what use you'd like to make of it. Are you gonna carry it around with you everyday? If so, how big is your purse? Are you a very busy person, or you just need to get a little bit more organised?
Of course this step is going to be different for everyone since it's a very personal choice, but to get a better idea, here's a visual size comparison chart:
A few other things you may want to keep in mind before making your choice:
- the Mini and the Pocket can double up as a wallet. They have very convenient slots and pockets that you can use to keep you cards and money.
- the Personal and the Compact are often seen as the best 'entry level' organizers, considering their ideal medium size.
- Although the Personal and the Compact are the same size on the outside, their difference lies in their ring size: the Personal rings measure 23mm, and the Compact ones 15mm: the smaller the ring size, the least amount of pages you'll be able to keep in it.
- Another thing that has to be considered about the Personal and the Compact, is that the pages are quite narrow and tall, and it is a layout that not everybody enjoys.
- due to their size, the A5 and A4 can double up as a practical desktop organizer, so they work best especially if you don't need them on the go.
One last, pretty obvious thing, is that the price varies with the size, so if you're setting a budget, you will definitely need to keep this into consideration. Size aside, Filofaxes aren't cheap to begin with, but they can be considered an investment because you'll be able to use them for as long as you want, since the content is interchangeable.
Once you've made up your mind, the next step is to choose where to buy it.
The Filofax website would be the n°1 choice for various reasons: besides being the official retailer, they also have available all the limited and seasonal editions that may sell out more quickly elsewhere, and they also offers a few sales throughout the year that might be worth keeping an eye on.
A good alternative is Amazon, and of course, there's always Ebay as well (but since it is Ebay, you may want to make sure that you're buying from a reliable seller to avoid scams).
I hope this helps ☺ (read part 2 here!)