How to Homeschool on a Shoestring Budget
Can you really homeschool on a shoestring budget? Yes, you definitely can! In fact, you can homeschool your child for FREE! Yes, you read that right, FREE!!!! Homeschooling can be expensive, but only if you let it be. And when there are multiple children that you’re buying for, it adds up quickly! Here are 10 tips to get you started homeschooling on a budget.
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How to Homeschool on a Shoestring Budget
Tip #1 Shop used homeschool curriculum.
I find a lot of my used curriculum on sites like eBay, Amazon, and even Facebook curriculum swap pages. If you like to go to yard sales and thrift shops, you can sometimes find curriculum there for super cheap! So keep your eyes peeled!
Our local Goodwill has books for 50 cents to $1. I have pretty much built our homeschool library from Goodwill books. Another local thrift store sells paperback books for 5 for $1. I was able to purchase over half of the books I needed for A Gentle Feast last year!
Tip #2 Utilize your library.
Honestly, this is something that I didn’t do until this year, and I wish I would’ve done it sooner! You can find a lot of good books at the library for homeschooling. The best part about it: It’s FREE!!!! (unless for some reason you are not within city limits… this happened to us several years ago.)
Tip #3 Take advantage of sales.
A lot of websites will have sales at different times of the year. You may be able to get 20% or so off of your curriculum if you wait for them. And don’t forget those Black Friday Sales!!!
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Tip #4 Take advantage of FREE Shipping!
We do this one a lot. I try to purchase my curriculum on a site that offers free shipping. Here’s a list of places that offer free shipping at some point in the year:
My Father’s World
Amazon: You can get free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime! Use my link below to get a Free 30-Day trial: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial I personally love my Amazon Prime membership. I use it for the free shipping, watching movies, prime books on Kindle, and music.
….and I am sure there are many more.
Tip #5 Think about combining subjects.
If you have more than one child, think about putting them in the same History program. There are a lot of curriculum choices that allow you to teach a wide range of grades.
My Father’s World allows you to combine all subjects, except for you Math and Language Arts, for grades 3-8.
Heart of Dakota has a 3 year age range per book. Some even extend up to a 5 year age range.
Mystery of History claims to be for all ages, and Story of the World is for grades K-8. I have not tried Mystery of History, but I have tried The Story of The World, and I highly recommend it.
The Good and The Beautiful
A Gentle Feast forms are great for combining ages!
Tip #6 Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool
This is a completely FREE all-in-one homeschool program! It is pretty awesome. The creator of Easy Peasy has taken the time to put together this awesome curriculum and share it with the public at no cost. This is for Pre- K through High school.
You can check it out here:
http://www.allinonehomeschool.com or http://www.allinonehighschool.com
We use their Math program, and love it!
They also have offline courses for Language Arts and Math that are extremely affordable. We are talking Math for under $20.
Tip#7 Try learning through literature.
Buy some good literature from Amazon, Goodwill, eBay, or just check some out from the library. A lot of your subjects can be taught through books. I love teaching History and Science this way. My kids love it too!
Read more about the Charlotte Mason Method here.
Read this also! >>> How to Homeschool For Free Using the Charlotte Mason Method.
Tip #8 Use non-consumable materials.
This is a good one for those who have large families. Using books that can be used with all of your children is a HUGE money saver. So, rethink those workbooks that you’ve been eyeballing!
Tip #9 Save all the curriculum!!
This goes hand in hand with tip #8. Save anything and everything you can to use with your other children. This won’t always work out, but it is definitely better to save anyway. If the curriculum conflicts with your next child’s learning style you can sell it, and buy something that does work.
Tip #10 Use online resources.
I do this a lot. In fact, I print most of my handwriting worksheets from the internet. It saves me from having to buy handwriting workbooks. (I do still buy them sometimes… if I get lazy)
You can also print homeschool record pages and lesson planners online for free. Teachers Pay Teachers is a good resource for just about anything. I recommend setting up an account with them. There are a lot of free resources and some paid ones as well, but it is well worth it. Check out our FREE resources, too! So there you have it. 10 tips for homeschooling your child on a budget. I am sure there are many other ways to save money when homeschooling, but these are my favorites. I hope you all find these tips to be helpful.
Have fun homeschooling!!
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