Part II Homeschooling In Hard Times

10 Ways to Cut Homeschooling Costs

Homeschoolers cannot expect to be exempt from the downturn in the economy, and the rising cost of everything. However, here are 10 simple ways to help your family cut the cost of homeschooling:

Buy used curriculum instead of new.

Borrow movies from the library, your church or friends, rather than renting them.

Plan activities that you can walk to instead of driving, or if driving is essential, carpool. Look for free field trips and activities.

Find free curriculum on the internet to use. See an extensive list of internet resources at /public/index.cfm?fuseaction=articles.view&id=8185

Barter for extra curricula lessons, rather than paying for them.

Don’t try to keep up with everyone else in your homeschool group. Find what works for your family, and stick with that.

Buy whole foods (rather than pre-packaged) and cook from scratch. Incorporate this into your homeschooling under health and life skills. Not only will it save money, but your family will be healthier.

Use the local library. Newspapers, magazine subscriptions, and books are available for free. Many libraries also offer free Internet access now, too.

Try it before you buy it. Borrow curriculum and try it out before you invest in it. What you may think is awesome may not work for your children. You may find that you don’t like it as well as you thought you would. If you’ve already bought it and don’t like it, adapt it. Find ways to make it work for you and your children.

Give away or loan out the curriculum you aren’t using, or no longer need. There is a blessing in giving and helping others that does not go unrewarded. It’s also a great lesson for your children. No matter how little you think you have, there is always someone who has less.

I would like to hear other ideas that you might have about how to cut homeschooling costs, as well. Email me at