The following is a guest post from Connie, of Smockity Frocks.
Homeschooling on a Budget
Being a stay at home mom means our family of ten lives on one income. Being a homeschooling mom means I have to be creative with homeschooling on a budget.
We don’t have the funds to purchase new materials every year, so we implement a few things that help stretch our homeschooling budget. If you are wondering if you can afford to homeschool a large family, try these tips!
Use the library.
- It’s FREE!
- We often check out books we need for literature or history. Our library lets us recheck books, so we can keep them for four weeks at a time, if needed.
- We got special permission from our library to check out more books than they customarily allow. I talked with the head librarian and explained our family size and that we depend on library books in our homeschooling, and she was glad to oblige!
Use Paperback Swap.
- It’s FREE!
- We can pass books on that we don’t need in trade for books we do need. This cuts down on clutter.
- Make copies of workbook pages.
- Have children do the work on their own paper.
Use this handy tip for reusing worksheets.
I have used the same copy of Teach Your Child to Read through five children and eleven years! (See my video on using the book.)
Buy Used Books.
- I check Ebay and homeschooling forums when I need a “new” book. I can often pick up the one I need for half price (or less!) than buying it new.
- I have scored several great finds at garage sales of homeschooling families. One lady found out I homeschooled and GAVE me all of the books I was looking at FOR FREE!
Stick With One Curriculum
- I try to stay with one curriculum so I can pass the books down to the next child in line, instead of constantly buying whole different set. Obviously, this doesn’t apply if the curriculum is a terrible match for your family, but I have found that if I give up my illusion that there is one perfect curriculum, I can make pretty much anything work.
- I accumulate Swagbucks and use them to buy gift cards at Amazon, which in turn, I use to get FREE books and school materials I need.
These are the tips that make homeschooling on a budget possible for this family of ten. How about you?
How do you manage expenses related to homeschooling?
Connie is a Christian homeschooling mom of seven and a half rowdy children, wife of one hunky golf pro, wiper of noses, writer of stories. She blogs regularly at Smockity Frocks.
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