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Homeschooling on a Budget



Tips for homeschooling on a budget from The Barefoot Mom


Homeschooling your children doesn't have to cost a small fortune, infact it can be done very affordably. In this post I will share my best tips for homeschooling on a tight budget.



Use Your Local Library:


Skip buying expensive text books and just check out lots of books on whatever topic you are studying from your local library. A stack full of library books written by a variety of authors from a variety of perspectives is always going to give a more rounded view of a topic than a single text book anyway.

Libraries often also have educational DVD's, audio books, educational magazines, story time for preschoolers, and many other resources available for free or low cost. We LOVE our local library's weekly story and craft time. We went every week when my older daughter was preschool and kindergarten age and will probably start going again soon now that my younger daughter is old enough to sit still for a story.





Use Free Online Resources:


I find tons of free printables and worksheets online. These sites have lots of free printables for a wide variety of ages and topics:

-Homeschool.com Homeschooling Printables

-123 Homeschool 4 Me: FREE Printables

-SchoolExpress.com

And that's just a few. There are tons of other sites out there with free homeschool printables. 

Another awesome free online resource is YouTube. You can find educational videos on just about any topic under the sun on YouTube.  My daughter has been taking free French lessons on YouTube on and off all year with Learn French With Alexa.


Pinterest is awesome too! There are so many great learning ideas and craft and science experiment ideas on Pinterest. 

Homeschool blogs are another great source. Whatever you are studying, chances are someone else has already done it and blogged about it.

A few more of my favorite free online homeschool resources: 

-Ducksters.com

-Easy Science For Kids

-History For Kids

-Starfall



Buy Used and Barter:


A lot of curriculum books can be reused. Amazon offers the option of buying used. You can also search facebook for curriculum swaps and used curriculum sale groups. If your area has any active homeschooling groups, see if you can organize a curriculum swap day. It's a great way to get your hands on really great curriculums for very little money.


Take Advantage of Free Community Resources:


Research and visit the neat historical and geological sites in your area. Take lots of nature hikes. Participate in community events. Do math at the store. If you look around and get creative, there are tons of learning experiences just waiting to be had everyday. 



Build Your Own Curriculum:


Skip the fancy curriculum sets and build your own. It's easier than you might think. Check out library books and scour the internet for ideas. 




Shop Back To School Sales:


Take advantage of back to school sales for all the usual school supplies like notebooks, binders, scissors, paper, pencils, crayons, glue, watercolors, etc...







What are your best homeschooling  money saving tips?



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  1. I love your suggestions, because we continually need new homeschool opportunities and curriculum!

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    1. Thanks! We too are continuously searching for new curriculum and ideas.

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