I bought my first real Filofax, a personal Buckingham, in 2001 at TJ Maxx for $25. I didn't realize at the time what a huge bargain I got. At full price it probably went for over $100. The smooth Italian leather was exquisite, and even now the rings are still solid and tight.
But because I'd only spent 25 bucks on it, I wasn't precious with it at all. I threw it in my bag, I handled it with dirty/ sunscreen-covered hands, I took it all around the world with me and never worried about it. It wasn't until years later, when it had extreme sentimental value to me after years of loyal companionship, that I started to get precious with it. (And ironically, semi-retirement on the shelf next to a Filofax Domino with the strap rubbing the leather caused far more damage than my years of use ever did!)
But I digress. My point is, if I had spent more than $100 on my Filofax, I would have been far more delicate with it, and would not have used it the way I did while traveling, moving, and generally roughly.
Ideally we shouldn't be afraid to use our planners no matter the cost. One of my Great Planner Truths is: The More You Use It, The More Useful It Is. And if we are too afraid to use our planner, it won't be very useful to us. But it is human nature to be delicate with expensive things.
Do you find yourself being delicate with an expensive planner and perhaps using it less than you would use a less expensive one? Or are you determined to get your money's worth from your planner even if it means some dings and scratches?
And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss anything planner-related!