Many homeschool families are working off a single income. That means there may not be much for wiggle room in the budget and so many parents are scared off from homeschooling when they look at the price tags of popular boxed curriculum. Break the cycle and you can homeschool for next to nothing.
Stock up at back to school sales. Back to school supply sales are like a drug for homeschoolers. The draw us in like magnets and lead to buying a case of notebooks. Good thing because we always seem to find a use for them all. To save money we buy what we need for the whole year and use fresh boxes of crayons and such as stocking stuffers at Christmas time, which is just about when we need them.
Get group rates for field trips. Homeschool group rates can be as good as 75% off for some attractions and museums. If you do not have a lot of homeschool friends get friends with kids together for the homeschool group rate. Most educational locations are more than happy to give you the discount for involved families that wish to supplement their child’s public education.
Use the library to your advantage. Most libraries carry homeschool resources, and if they do not you can request them. The reference section has every bit of research your child will need to learn and setting them loose they can find new interests for you to follow.
Put the web to work for you with fun learning games. Starfall, Teach Your Monster to Read, More Math, and so many other free sites exist to help your child learn and grow. Learning games are a great way to get young kids interested in school and learning. Sites like easy peasy all in one homeschool can help you go from preschool to graduation with free curriculum.
Give your printer a workout. The web is full of free printables from preschool printable packs to writing and notebook for big kids. Save money on printables by using both sides of the paper, the backs of junk mail, and even flyers for paper. Save money on ink with DIY refill kits you can buy online for a fraction of the cost of new, or recycle your cartridge for credit and buy refurbished at your favorite office supply store.
Upcycle things from around the house. Rice and beans make great sensory bin fillers. Anything you would normally recycle can become materials for crafts to enrich books you are reading or recreate a scene from history. The world is your limit and Pintrest is your helper.
Get outside. The great outdoors is full of learning opportunities and it is free. Observation of plants and animals are key in science. Learn how ecosystems work, plant a vegetable garden and learn where your food comes from. Math can be practiced with leaves, sticks, and rocks.
Shop used curriculum. Ebay, Homeschool swaps, the local bookstore, library clearance sales, and the thrift store can be treasure troves for homeschoolers. From reading materials, furniture, curriculum, and manipulatives, you never know what you will find while out browsing. Give yourself a limited budget so you do not end up spending more money than you can really afford.