I love shopping for back-to-school supplies. I homeschool on a budget each year for three kids, I’ve been doing this for seven years now. A budget that allows for me to buy what I want for my kids to give them the best education that I can.
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Homeschool on A Budget
These tips, tricks don’t have to be for homeschoolers. You can save on your own books, or books for your kids to enjoy.
Homeschool shopping on a budget is not always easy, you aren’t always going to find a great deal. If you are looking for a specific curriculum, a boxed curriculum, in particular, you might not be able to find a “great” or sale price for them.
We are eclectic homeschoolers, using a few workbooks, books from our personal and public libraries, and life to learn from. We have started our half-acre homestead and have learned more from it, than any textbook.
Swagbucks Rewards Program
Swagbucks helps me buy half of the books that we have in our collection, both my kids’ books and my own books from Amazon. I have the Chrome extension installed on my browser so that any website that is part of the program lets me know and then I can earn points from my purchase. Every so many points I can “cash” in towards a reward, like Amazon gift cards, which is my favorite.
I get half of our books from Amazon. Their prices are amazing, they often have sales on them, and they have so many other great homeschool products.
The other half of my books come from Chapters Indigo. They have also deals, I love buying when they have 2X or 5X Plum Points deals happening which go towards free books! Now they also have Plum Plus, which has a fee to join, but you get to save an extra 10% on almost everything.
Other Ways to Homeschool on A Budget
I found free printables from around the web, I have some favorite sites that I visit, sites that always have free printables of some kind.
Buying used curriculum is a great money saver! There are many Facebook groups that as homeschoolers you need to check out. I can’t list them because you are going to want to find local groups or provincial/state groups. I’m part of at least 4 buy and sell/trade groups where I can find great deals.
You don’t have to buy anything if you have no budget to work with. Check out the free educational resources that I’ve shared before, and check out your local library. We have found workbooks at ours, and while you can’t write in them, you can photocopy a page or two, get an idea of what you’d like your kids to learn.
Don’t let budget define whether or not you can homeschool.