I do not homeschool my children but I know alot of parents do. I thought this
was great resource and a very interesting article and wanted to share.

The $30 Homeschool
by Krista Schmidt
Homeschooling doesn't have to break the bank

When we first made the decision to homeschool, I sat down with
every homeschool curriculum catalog I could get my hands on. I
circled everything I just knew we needed to get us started.
$867 later, I threw my hands up and declared, "We can't afford
to homeschool!"

So, how much does it cost? I guess it depends on who you ask.
I have had people tell me you just can't homeschool for less
that $2,000 per kid, per year. I have also had people tell me
they homeschool their kids for free. How, you ask? Simple!

Homeschooling doesn't have to break the bank. With some
creativity, we were able to homeschool our kids for about $30
per kid last year. Here are just a few of the many things that

* There are so many great things available on the Internet
that it can almost seem overwhelming! Once I decide what we
will be learning, I spend an evening searching the Internet
for worksheets, teaching ideas, theme ideas and whatever else
I can find.

* You can find just about anything at a yard sale or thrift
store! If you come across a math book that is three levels
higher than what you currently need, grab it! You will need it
some day, and chances are, you will never find it as cheaply

* Always check out the bargain shelf at your local bookstore.
I have found so many things for sometimes pennies on the
dollar including a "kids nature book" we will be using for a
year-long nature study for $1.50.

* Don't be afraid to ask around! My mom had a great set of
books called "The Life and Times of..." sitting on her shelf
collecting dust. Now they are a great way for my kids to study
the lives of some of history's greatest people.

* For school supplies, you can't beat the "back-to-school"
sales at your local "super-mart." We buy all of the notebook
paper we will need for the year for 10 cents a pack.

* Library card, library card, library card! If you live in an
area where using the library is feasible, you can save
thousands! (Just remember to get the books back on time so all
of your savings doesn't go to over due book fines!)

* Preview! If you do decide to make a purchase, ask around and
see if anyone you know already owns it. Borrow it for the
weekend if possible, but if not, even a few minutes at your
weekly park day can give you a good idea if it is worth your

* Many stores offer an educator's perks ranging anywhere from
10% to free services. Book stores, office supply stores and
even some lumberyards offer this discount! I have only been
turned down for an educator discount once, and after I
explained to them that under my state's law I am an educator,
they cheerfully handed me the application.

* Almost every place I have been that charges admission,
including zoos, museums, parks, living history museums, has at
least one day a month where they offer free admission. Come up
with a list of places you would like to visit and give them
each a call. Ask if they offer a free admission day, when it
is, and if it is the same day every week (or month). Make a
calendar page noting any important information and hand it out
to your homeschooling group. There is your field trip list for
the next few months!

As you can see, there are many ways to save money when
homeschooling. We have found that saving a few cents here and
there when we can has added up to enough savings to allow us
to really splurge when we want to!