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I love shopping, researching and finding new homeschool curriculum and programs that might work for our family. The thrill of the hunt and when you finally find that one program that just might work – ah priceless.
Except more often than not, it isn’t. It has a price attached.
We work hard for our money and honestly, I like to make sure I get the most of it the budget I do have for homeschooling. Don’t you?
After all one year, I had a budget of $250 Canadian, for two middle schoolers! It wasn’t easy but the challenge was kinda cool.
I keep resource pages for programs offered and recommended by other homeschoolers here on the blog such as:
- Free and Frugal Homeschool Resources
- Homeschooling Resources You Need to Know About! (part two coming soon!)
- My Favorite “Go-To” Homeschooling Resources
5 Days of Tips for Saving Money on Homeschool Curriculum
Saving Money On Homeschool Curriculum:
Make sure you’re also signed up for Ebates, because you’ll get cashback on anything you order at Amazon. You can use it if you live in Canada as well! (Just click here fellow Canadians to get started and start saving today!)
Compare prices from different vendors:
Vendors, for example, such as Christian Book.com and Amazon. Also by using the add to cart feature of Amazon will allow you to receive notifications when the item goes on sale. Lastly, as recommended by one homeschool mom who watched the video, she says to be sure to check the regular prices as sales on used items might not be a sale after all.
Free is not always free:
They cost time, energy and effort. Be sure to see how many “supplies” you will need to purchase to use the program. Count the cost.
Reuse what you have.
Take a good inventory of what you already have on hand that can be passed along to younger children. Be sure to check all the cubicles, drawers, kids work boxes etc.
We talked about how subscription sites will save you money by offering one payment either yearly or monthly fee for the whole family.
One example of this is Schoolhouseteachers.com.
They offer over 360 programs for children prk-12. It is one price no matter how many children you have.
You can try it out and see if it fits your children for $5.00 for one month!
Another type of subscription such as Little Passports send you everything you need to do the experiment saving you time and money gathering the supplies.
Quality Is Important!
The last one is always a pitfall for me as I get stuck in the save all the pennies and start buying everything cheap… as in cheaply made. Be sure to invest in quality items and programs that you love, trust and know are worth it for you and your family. Example, these pencils truly are worth every cent! (Also, can someone tell me how to say the name of these?!)
As you can see there are lots of simple ways to save money on homeschool curriculum.
Do Bundles Save You Money?
I love this question asked by a reader, it is a great question!
I had the opportunity to buy the Intentional Homeschooling Bundle before it was released for purchase. Yes. Buy. I used my own money.
I like to use, investigate and dig into something before I tell you all about it.
The great thing about bundles is how much you get for your money.
The downside is you need to carefully consider things such as are you going to use the programs/e-books, unit studies in to make it worth your money.
The bundle is always changing. So be sure to keep an eye open for the next one 🙂
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Questions You Should Be Asking Before You Buy A Bundle:
Bundles can be a great way to save money. I still use and love my printable planner that was in the Intentional Homeschooling Bundle one year.
Therefore before you get caught up in the hype ask yourself:
1. Will I use any of these products included?
2. Is it cheaper to just buy the one I wanted instead of the whole bundle?
3. Will this work for my child/family?
What I do know is there are unit studies aimed at younger children in this bundle I will never use. Ever. I don’t have younger children, do you? If so, you might love these! They look amazing and well done as I flipped through them.
I can also tell you there are several E-books I would not have purchased had they not been in the bundle I can’t wait to dig into. Some on lesson planning, organization and farmschooling. Even one on a homeschool budget! You know I will be all over that one 😉
For me, this bundle was certainly worth my money. For you? Only you can answer that question. Don’t forget to see what is included right here to help you make up your mind!
(Pst! If you do, I’d love to know what you are enjoying so come back and tell me!)