It is no secret that there is a financial cost to homeschooling. In our state we still pay all the same school taxes but get nothing in return. Therefore the burden of the homeschooling budget is on us. As homeschoolers, many families live on a single income in this seemingly two income world, and then add the extra cost of homeschooling to that! Needless to say, things can get tight and you have to learn to pick and choose.
Homeschool Curriculum on a Budget
So what do you do about this often limited budget? How can you find and have the homeschool curriculum you want, on a budget?
1. Utilize The Library
Our local library contains a large store of resources to help a homeschool family out! There is the obvious resource in the books at the library, but there are also resources like music, and videos. Libraries often offer lots of free programs for kids, as well as access to free Internet! Our library also has iDevices to use and has a whole collection of “Homeschool Kits” with resources gathered for teaching different subjects at different age levels that you can borrow just like the books!
2. Buy Used
As with so many things, buying used is a great way to save money! You can check online for used items, as well as your friends and local homeschool groups. Every year there are multiple sales in our area for used curriculum. It is a great way for homeschool families to get some money back on the curriculum they had purchased and for other homeschool families to save money by buying used.
3. Use the Internet
The Internet has an endless wealth of information and resources. And here is a really great thing, there are many FREE resources. You can do a search and find free lesson plans, free printables, DIY projects, free ebooks and more! Utilizing free resources instead of ones you might pay for is a great way to ease the homeschool budget.
4. Be Patient and Diligent
Keep a list of things you desire to have and keep your eyes peeled for a good sale. Companies often have big sales for the New Year and then again in July/August to gear up for the coming school year.