Cost of Homeschooling
The cost of homeschooling can be a bit spendy. Did you know there are many ways to homeschool on a budget, but sometimes we get stuck in our routines and can’t think of any new and creative ways. I picked the brains of several homeschoolers and asked them, “How do you homeschool on a budget?”… their answers may surprise you!
- Barter! Yep, just like they did way back when. Do you know how to play an instrument, but are terrible at algebra? Offer to teach a child how to play an instrument, in exchange for algebra tutoring from their parent. Honestly, the possibilities are endless! Everyone has their own talents that can be put to use. Have your homeschooling buddies write theirs down, and then add your own to the list. Sounds like another lesson for the kiddos, too… all about bartering!
- Use the library. Of course this tip is an oldie, but a goodie. When’s the last time you visited the library? Perhaps you’ve forgotten about all of the gems these wonderful places have to offer! From audio books to documentaries on DVD, the library is not just for books. Also, depending on how big your library is, they might have some awesome classes, too! I know one of my friends told me that her library has classes to teach foreign languages, even – and all for FREE!
- Check public schools. *gasp* Public school?! 😉 Hear me out! Sometimes public schools throw out old curriculum when they update. Contact them on behalf of your homeschool group and they might save it all for you!
- Netflix. Why is Netflix worth the investment? Netflix costs less than $8 a month, or about a quarter a day. For a quarter a day, you get unlimited access to preschool videos (think Wild Kratts, SuperWhy), science videos (think Magic School Bus, National Geographic), and so much more! The investment is small, but the return is huge! You can use videos to supplement during quiet time, or even during your planning time so you aren’t interrupted as much.
- Amazon Prime: On the same note as Netflix, Amazon Prime has an almost unlimited amount of free books, movies, documentaries, videos… yeah, you get the picture. The price for Amazon Prime varies, but you can get a student discount which makes it very affordable. Plus, you get FREE 2-Day shipping on everything you order (like toilet paper, paper towels, homeschooling books, etc), which means Prime pays for itself almost instantly.
- Use apps! Since we’re discussing technology like Netflix, I figure it’s important to mention apps – especially free ones! There are thousands and thousands of educational apps available for your iPad, iPhone, Android, or other device. Check out this list of 5 Apps to Improve Writing and Literacy, then check out the app store for even more!
So, how do you homeschool on a budget?