Looking for a few quick tips on how to save money on homeschooling? You aren’t alone! Everyone is looking for a way to cut costs on all their homeschooling expenses.
Homeschooling can get expensive if you’re not paying attention to your costs. Curriculum sets can destroy your budget at the price they set per grade level, per year. Who knew that they could be so expensive?
And, as your children get older, there are other expenses that will inevitably come up. It’s just the way it is. The good news? There are a few ways to plan your homeschool budget and trim the extras that will help keep your costs inline.
How To Save Money On Homeschooling
By doing a little online research for reviews and pricing, you can make certain that you get the best deal and a quality curriculum that’s exactly what you’re looking for.
Prioritize & Cut Extra Expenses
Not all parents want to cut extra-curricular activities. I get that. It’s definitely a personal choice. But cutting a few activities will help save money and it will keep your kids from becoming overscheduled.
Look for ways you can offer extra activities on a budget. For instance, do you have a family friend who can sew or offers music lessons? Maybe they’ll give you a discount or trade. You never know until you dig deep to find out what your options are.
Sports can get pretty expensive as well. See if you can find alternative sports teams that are less expensive. Does your community or church offer sports? Those can be great resources to look into to save a few bucks.
Search Online for Free and Low-Cost Resources
There are free options for curriculum online everywhere you look. Especially for younger kids. Join websites like Homeschool Giveaways and Free Homeschool Deals for the latest FREE homeschooling offerings.
Don’t Forget Your Library
Buying physical books is expensive so that’s why so many parents are moving to a digital curriculum. Digital curriculums are easier to store and you can reprint whatever you need when your child needs it.
There are great educational resources at your local library that you can use to create your own curriculum. It may take a little research and work on your part to put it together, but you could easily manage a full school year’s curriculum from library books and digital resources.
The easiest way to save money is to get creative. Think outside the box on projects and supplies to see what can do double-duty so you don’t need to spend more. Do a little online research to find ideas you may not have thought of. Before going to the store and filling your cart, get a little creative; it could save you money on your shopping trip and in the long-run.
The best thing about homeschooling is that you’re not tied to specific procedures and processes. You have the freedom to teach in a way that works well for both you and your kids and cover the material in a creative way. It may not always look pretty, but it gets the job done. The homeschooling adventure is anything but boring and that’s just half the fun!