Have you heard of homeschool families homeschooling on less than $250 per year? That might be per child (which is great) or per family (which is amazingly great!).
Have you wondered how they do it? Here are some tips and a sample plan!
1. Make use of as many free homeschooling resources as possible
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool offers a completely free program, and it’s a go-to for many homeschool families. Other free websites include Essential Skills Advantage and PBS Learning Media. Homeschooling sites like Educents offer many freebies. Of course, the local library is a huge resource.
Depending on where you live, your community might provide free offerings as well. Many organizations (museums, art galleries, etc.) offer free year-round admittance and/or free homeschool days.
2. Decide what you’re willing to invest in
You probably won’t get everything for free, and that’s OK. Some resources are so good, you’ll want to invest in them. When you decide to invest, check the prices on discount websites first.
Also, look at digital curricula – they tend to be less expensive than purchasing physical books.
Purchase normal school supplies (pencils, markers, crayons, notebooks, etc.) during the back-to-school sales. When you need something mid-year, check the dollar store.
Purchase one annual attraction pass per year. Browse deal sites like Groupon for great discounts on family memberships. Deal sites also work well for class discounts – but chances are you’ll go over a $250 budget if you add classes.
3. Buy curriculum you can use for years
If you are homeschooling more than one child, try to buy non-consumable texts and books you can use again and again. I appreciate curricula that grows with my family.
4. Buy “used”
Amazon is a great resource for used books, your library probably has an annual book sale, homeschooling support groups have used curriculum sales and swaps, you can browse consignment and thrift stores, and you can check out Craigslist from time to time.
What a $250 budget might look like:
Basic back to school supplies: $25.00
Math program: $99.99 – 20% discount = $79.99
Annual attraction membership: $75.00
Textbooks and homeschool library books $50.00
Comprehensive workbooks: $20.00
Please leave any other tips you have for homeschooling on a budget in the comments below!