I have been homeschooling for many years now, but I have had the luxury of doing it primarily for FREE because we have chosen to use Connections Academy. However, we did explore the option of homeschooling completely on our own for the past year. Let me tell you, it can be an expensive endeavor!
At the same time, it doesn't have to be! You CAN homeschool your kids for next to nothing.
I have done loads of research on homeschooling kids throughout the years because teaching my kids is a requirement and also a passion of mine. In my searches, I have found some pretty simple ways to help you at the very least save costs on homeschool materials. Even though there are some back to school homeschool essentials that I don't think you can avoid, you can still use wisdom when making your choices.
This probably sounds pretty simple and obvious. There's more to it than just take your time. Do some serious research.
There is a long list of homeschool bloggers to follow. These bloggers, like myself, gain access to the chance to review homeschool curriculum or some even make unit studies and printables that you can use.
Speaking of printables, I can't say enough about the NotebookPages.com membership. This program will allow your students to have more control over their learning methods.
That brings up the topic of choosing curriculum. EVERY child learns in different ways! Be sure to choose the type of curriculum that will help your child learn in a less painful and stressful manner. Unless you're choosing to use an online public school like Connections Academy then, you have the complete freedom to teach your kids any way you want.
BEFORE you invest in the curriculum, look for samples or trial periods to take advantage of first. This way before you dish out hundreds of dollars, you and your kids can gauge how well it works for the family.
Along those same lines, if you find a curriculum style that works for you do a Pinterest search for they kind of curriculum. You may find someone has made their own unit study using that style and all you have to do is sign up for their newsletter to get it.
You can also search on Facebook for Homeschool buy/swap groups where you can find the curriculum for a lot cheaper rate.
Buy your supplies during back-to-school sales, but read the fine print closely. Be sure and check out any coupons that may be available for school supplies. Also, if your state has a Tax Free Weekend event be sure to try and shop then (remember that can be used online too.)
My favorite places to shop for school supplies is Office Max when they have their Penny Sale. Target has a nice selection of supplies and pretty good prices. Amazon sometimes has quality deals.
These are just some of my tips for Homeschooling Budgeting. As you can see homeschooling can be done in a cost-effective manner, and still provide students (and you) the chance to have fun doing it.
What would you add to this list?