Homeschooling doesn’t have to be an endeavor that pushes you to your financial limits. In fact, some parents and guardians have found a way to make homeschooling incredibly inexpensive, perhaps even less expensive than purchasing school supplies for a conventional student.
While you might feel compelled to spend big bucks on all the bells and whistles at first, the expense of doing so does add up and quite rapidly at that. Here are some tips from expert homeschoolers who have found out how to save money without compromising the quality of their child’s homeschool experience.
At the end of every academic year, homeschooling parents and guardians are eager to sell what they no longer need. This lets you swoop in and relieve them of the clutter while getting the materials that you need at a great price.
Homeschooling groups will often let members list what items they have available for sale. You can also check newsletters and other postings made within homeschooling circles. Used book stores can be a great resource. But before you dedicate yourself to making a purchase of used supplies, consider these details:
- Older editions of texts may garner big savings but beware of texts that are no longer acceptable material within an approved curriculum. These books may not contain the full breadth of information that you need.
- Consumable materials, like DVDs and books, are often copyrighted and are not for resale. Check the website of the vendor before buying.
Non-consumable materials such as required reading books, math manipulatives, and lab equipment can be handed down from one homeschooled child to another. This is great for parents or guardians who plan to consistently homeschool more than one child. Just like siblings can hand down clothes, they can hand down their educational supplies as well.
Did you know that you can actually rent supplies for your homeschooling pursuits? It’s true, and renting is an incredibly popular option. This affordable alternative to buying outright allows homeschool educators to rent materials for a semester, a year, or even rent with the intention of eventually owning the material.
Another upside to renting is the fact that, at the end of the year, you don’t have a bunch of obsolete materials cluttering your space. You just return the products when you are no longer need them. Here are some other surprising benefits of renting homeschooling materials:
- You get to try materials to see if they are a worthwhile investment before committing to buy.
- You have access to the latest editions of the materials that you need, so you never have to worry about the items not being acceptable for use within your curriculum.
Homeschooling adults on a budget have quite a few options to help themselves save some cash. With the money that you save by buying used, renting, and re-using materials between children, you can put some more funds toward other aspects of your homeschooling curriculum, like field trips!