Five Ideas for a Frugal Homeschool

Shockingly diverse kindergarten group in ParisHomeschooling is becoming more popular. Since public school is created to help the average student (or even the slowest student due to “no child left behind”) some families will find themselves with a child who does not fit in a public school and choose to homeschool their child. There are also families who homeschool because of religious differences.

Whatever your reason, if you are a homeschooling thrifty family you face a more difficult climb. Keeping your children involved in social activities and up to date with the most recent texts can prove to be expensive. Here are a five ideas for a frugal homeschool.

1 – Use the Library. The library is a goldmine of information. Did you know that if there is a book you are looking for that is not at your library most will either order it or borrow it from another library (intralibrary loan) for you? Libraries also provide social activities and groups for children (and adults). My own library just held a twilight party for teens – costumes and all! You can even get workbooks at a library (make sure you copy the pages off rather than write in them). Don’t want to spend the money making copies? Get the plastic sheets that you use in binders for reports (the ones you put your paper in to protect it) and put that over the top of the worksheet. You are then free to use a dry erase marker or crayon and it will never touch the page.

2 – Buy used Textbooks. There are lots of locations where you can purchase used textbooks both online and off. You can buy older children’s text books and you can also find elementary texts.

3 – Use the Church. This tip will not work if you are not religious, but if you belong to a church then look into social groups for your child. Many churches have social activities for older (teen and pre-teen) kids along with the regular bible study classes.

4 – Buy your Supplies with everyone else. Stock up now while there are sales. Things like notebooks, crayons, and glue will not be cheaper until next year at this time!

5 – Swap.  If you know other homeschool families with children your age you can swap lesson plans.  You can even swap time!  If you want to do the week on the five senses maybe they would be willing to do a week on Abraham Lincoln.  Get creative and it can save you both money and time.

Textbooks - Rent'em or Buy'em

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1 Serendipity is Sweet August 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Great tips! We also often visit library book sales. Most libraries hold sales to get rid of older books and raise funds. We've created a huge children's library this way. Many times you just pay by the inch, ie: a stack of books 9" high will cost you $9.

Also, the homeschool buyer's coop ( is a great place to shop for online curriculum at a group discount and it's free to join. I also use often. They have weekly and monthly items that are free to download and tons of printable unit studies (in pdf form) at great prices.


2 LittlePeopleWealth August 20, 2010 at 3:59 am

Great ideas! I'll have to checkout the Currclick and homeschool buyers coop!


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