Homeschooling is not always a cheap option. Some can spend litlte on homeschooling, some can spend an extravagant amount of money. Most do live on a single, and at that very basic, income. I am one of those parents, so I try to save everywhere I can.
Here are my best budgeting tips to help save on homeschooling.
Have a household budget - This is essential so that you don't overspend. Know how much you have and how much you spend on your household expenses, that way you know how much you have available for school stuff. Talk it over with your spouse and plan for these expenses if you can.
Prioritize - You cannot buy everything you think you need, or want. At least I know I can't, and even if I could, it probably would not be good stewardship. You need to prioritize what is really important and what is really needed. That is why researching your curriculum becomes really necessary and useful.
Use your library - This has been a life saver for our family. If I can find it at the libray, I do not buy, unless I know we will re-read it several times. That has limited our home library, but have saved us a lot of money that has been used on other educational material.
Avoid impulse buying - I do not buy impulsively. When I come across something I think I might need, or that I like, I refrain myself from buying, unless I know I will DEFINITELY be using it, or unless it is something I have been wanting for a while and came across a great sale for it. Planning your year, even your course of study out is also a big help in avoiding impulsive buying.
Discuss your expenses with your spouse before plunging - this is also something that allows you to avoid impulse buying. Plus, having another person's opinion brings in perspective, which we sometime (ok often) need when it comes to buying for our homeschool. Anyone reading this, suffering from a curriculum addiction?
Seek to save everywhere you can - one way is the use of the library, but there are other ways out there:
- Some try to use as many free curriculum as they can. The internet is a great resource for that. The following are all free: Easy Peasy Homeschool, Ambleside Online, Khan Academy, CK-12
- Use curriculum that span several grades,
- Teach your kids together using one curriculum,
- Use non-consumable workbooks
- Buy use whenever you can, Facebook groups and yahoo groups are your friends for these.
- Create your own wherever you can. Make your own printable, or hands-on stuff. Pinterest is a great resource for inspiration and ideas.
- Sign up for freebie sites such as: HomeschoolGiveaways.com, MoneySavingMom.com, Homeschool Freebie of the Day
- Buy your supplies when they are on sale and stock up just enough. Buying in bulk sometimes is better.
Do you have other budge tips that have helped you save money on homeschooling? Please with us!
This is going to be my last post in this series. Don't forget to check the other blogs participating. There are lots of really cool topics being discussed.
Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Cassandra @ A Glimpse of Normal
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm
Crystal @ Crystal Starr
DaLynn @ Biblical Womanhood
Danielle @ Sensible Whimsy
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