Homeschooling On a Budget? It is possible? I think so! Today, I want to share a few tips that we’ve learned along the way.
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We knew long before we had kids that we hoped to homeschool-we even talked about it on our first date! Homeschooling for us is a lifestyle. It allows us to spend quality time together, experience new things as a family and cater learning styles better suited for each of our children.
However, when it came time to start preparing for preschool and then kindergarten, I was shocked at how quickly the cost of curriculum and school supplies can add up! I’ve spent a lot of time planning and researching ways to save. So, here are my top five tips!
Tips For Homeschooling On A Budget
How to Save on Curriculum: I would recommend shopping through online Homeschool Swap sites or consignment sales. Many times, families will buy curriculum only to realize it will not work for them and sell it practically new at a discount. Ebay is another great resource for this!
Bonus Tip: If you shop at Mardel’s don’t forget they have huge sales right before school starts and almost always, their homeschool curriculum is 20% off. They have a huge selection, too. Another tip is to sign up for the curriculum that you love most and opt in to receive sales updates!
How to Save on Games, Manipulative’s, etc: I tend to buy almost all of our learning resources second hand. Yard Sales, Consignment Sales or Clearance Deals have helped tremendously. I will also scour Amazon to see who offers the best prices on something that we really want!
Free Printables: There are also tons of great web sites that offer free printables to help supplement your school curriculum. One of our favorite resources is Twistynoodle.com!
How To Save On Classroom Supplies: We have a small schoolroom for the girls and I really wanted to decorate it to be a calming and fun place for them to learn. I utilized using coupons at a few of my favorite craft stores to buy posters, organizers, decor, etc. Again, the Dollar Tree is a great resource as well as Target’s One Dollar Shop. Even Wal-Mart has some great resources for office supplies and craft supplies!
Free Curriculum: There are also tons of free online curriculums out there. Do a quick search online or better yet, use Swagbucks to rack up gift cards or cash to go towards your homeschooling needs (hint: It’s free to join!). Also, an online homeschool curriculum that I love is Amblesideonline.org
I hope these tips will help you save money on all your homeschooling needs! Do you have any tips to share? I would love to hear them in the comments below.
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