Starting to homeschool and doing it on a budget. It really is possible to homeschool on a budget. There will be times that you will need to spend money and then there are times I know that it just isn’t in the budget. Times like this happen to us all but there are options that you can do when you don’t have that money. By looking around for where to look for curriculum and supplies you can get them in a good condition at a good price. There are also resources and programs that you can join to help you get through easier. When you homeschool on a budget the right way you will save all the money you need to.
- HP Instant Ink
When homeschooling there will be a lot of times where you will be needing to print things or copy them. You will go through a lot of ink. There are times where I can print off hundred of pages which results in a lot of ink. With this program you can pau $9.99 a month for 300 pages and $1.00 for every 25 sheets after that. This really does help the budget as you are paying that each month rather than paying at least $50 for your ink.
2. Homeschool Freebies
There are so many different freebies that you can find for any subject all over the place. Looking online you can usually find bloggers and others that will have large lists of them that can help you teach your kids. A lot of these freebies have a lot of information in them.
3. Compare Prices
You could get your curriculum on the actual website of the company and pay a lot of money or look at other places. For example my one son has dyslexia, the curriculum that works well for him are not the cheapest to buy. One example is Math U See which I use for all my boys. I could buy it on their website and pay over $100 or look at other places for it. Some places that I look through for curriculum are ebay.com, christianbooks.com, homeschoolclassifieds.com and amazon.com. I usually can find everything for my boys through one of these sites for much less than on the actual websites.
4. Free TV Online
There are a lot of free shows that you can find online. This videos can be used along with your curriculum easily. YouTube is a great place to find videos. They have a lot of great videos that will work for any age. Currently we are using some of them along with our science curriculum to discuss the animals we learning about a little more.
5. Used Curriculum groups
There are so many groups on Facebook that are made to sell and buy curriculum on. You can find curriculum that other homeschool families are done with in good condition for a lot less than what you would pay normally. For example I just got two levels of curriculum for $50 when they would normally be almost $200. All you need to do is type in homeschool curriculum buy/sell and you will see a large list.
6. Teacher discounts
Did you know as a homeschool mom you can get teacher discounts? There usually is a discount like 15% at stores. Craft stores, school supply stores, bookstores and more stores will except them.
7. Curriculum swap with your friends
This is so helpful when they have something that you need and your have something you need. I have a friend who has been homeschooling longer than me so depending on what it is a lot of the time she will let me borrow some kind of curriculum.
8. Shop at yard sales
There are always yard sales around when the weather is nice outside. You never know what you will find at a yard sale. You could find what you are looking for randomly at a really good price. Or you could some supplement pieces at really good prices that would help you in the end.
9. Make field trips affordable
Field Trips are going to be a big thing in homeschooling. They can become expensive really fast. When you get passes to different places like museums, zoos and aquariums. When having a pass you can save a lot of money. There could be a discount or you can get in free. Groupon is a great place to look for coupons and codes that can help you get into some place for much less.
10. The Library
Some libraries will have special loaner programs for teachers (again homeschoolers are considered teachers). They could also have clubs and classes that your kids can sign up for. Make sure to grab your libraries calendar to know what is coming.
When you homeschool on a budget it makes your work hard to see what will work the best for your kids. You try to determine what works best for them faster than you might do otherwise. Remember that when you homeschool on a budget it is completely possible. When you look for better prices you will be able to fund something else much easier and not have to worry about it.