Hello everyone. I hope you all are well. Our youngest, M, has been having trouble sleeping again so we have been up all night the past few nights. So hopefully once he is back on schedule I can get some more Blog work completed.
Are you contemplating homeschooling your child or children? Are you worried you won’t be able to afford it? Well don’t worry. There are always ways you can save money while not losing any quality in your homeschool curriculum, If you are interested in how you can save some money and still teach your children in your own home on your own time just keep reading. These are a few of the ways we have been able and others we know have been able to save money while homeschooling our children. Enjoy.
1. Utilize free online resources
This is the biggest way I save money. I research what subjects I want to teach my son and then can search online for free worksheets, and videos to help teach the different subjects. Youtube, education.com, and Pinterest are the three big ones we use.
Youtube is free, and has some great videos to supplement your homeschool curriculum. Pinterest has some great ideas of projects and other resources you can utilize, and it is also free. Education.com has a free portion where you can download a certain amount of worksheets a month, and their subscriptions are not all that expensive and are a great source to utilize as well.
2. Utilize your local Library
The library is a wonderful homeschool resource, and it is free. You can find a book on just about any subject imaginable, and if your library doesn’t have what you need they can normally request it from another library. We try and make it to the library at least once a week.
3. Use spiral notebooks
I absolutely love spiral notebooks like these. You can easily use them as journals, a place to press any flowers or leaves your little one finds and wants to save for later, writing to do lists for yourself or your kids, and if you have access to a computer you can write out tests or worksheets on them as well.
4.Find out what places do Homeschool discounts
This is great for trips and some stores. Not all but some places often offer discounts for families who homeschool such as parks, museums, aquariums, science centers, ect.
5. Plan ahead
This is a big one to save money. I don’t know about you but if I don’t have a list of what I need specifically I tend to go overboard and buy things I don’t need. So make sure you plan ahead and get an idea of what you need in the beginning and what you already have so you don’t spend your money on things you really don’t need or won’t use.
6. Find used materials
Used materials don’t mean you lose anything other than a few zeros on that price tag. Hit up yard sales, used bookstores, thrift shops, online co-ops of other homeschoolers.
7. Utilize the supplies you have
This is a big one. Going off of plan ahead, if you already have the things you need there is no need to buy more of that item. So if you have something you can already use, use it.
8. Borrow materials
If you know any other homeschooling mothers with kids in the same subjects as your child you can always ask if you could borrow or share the materials they have . The worst they can say is know. You may even be able to go in together and get materials together.
As I said before, Homeschooling does not have to break the bank. We are loving homeschool and with two kids we aren’t rich so we save money when we can. It is possible.
Do you have any ways you save money teaching your children from home? If so let us know in the comment section below.
The Momnipresent Mother