It’s that time of year again. Maybe you’re getting excited about planning a new homeschool year, but maybe not. Maybe you are concerned about whether you can afford to homeschool. Several families spend hundreds and thousands of dollars each year, depending upon how many kids are students. But, there is a way you can homeschool for FREE with one simple tip!
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Are you dreading the cost of curriculum? If so, I have a solution, a free solution. I have been doing this for years and it works!
Being frugal is natural to me. It always drove me crazy buying something full price when it was cheaper somewhere else. And, that tradition has stayed with me even in my 40’s.
If you have homeschooled for at least a year, you should be able to homeschool for free. Now, why would I say that?
You would be amazed at how much value your past homeschool materials are! My #1 tip for homeschooling for free is selling your unused or unwanted homeschool curriculum and materials! Then, use that money you collect as your budget for the new school year!
You would be amazed at how much you can get back. At times, I’ve received 100% back and have even made a profit from selling gently used books, CDs, and programs.
Even if you haven’t homeschooled yet, join local homeschool yahoo groups and grab those free book and curriculum offers or cheap sales to resell it for next year’s budget.
Inform yourself on how much curriculum is going for on ebay.com, homeschoolclassifieds.com and other used online homeschool markets. You can make a decent amount of money by selling the curriculum at a fair price. It not only helps you and your budget to homeschool for free, it also reduces the cost for other homeschool moms! It’s a win-win for both of you!
Write down a list of your homeschool inventory now and see what you have in your treasure trove! Then, check out used homeschool markets to see what the typical sale price is going for.
To wrap up, keep this in mind throughout the year as you finish your lessons. Make sure you take good care of your curriculum by adding them to bookshelves (instead of containers) to avoid abuse and misuse. Remove any of unused homeschool materials directly from your high traffic bookshelf site and into an unused container or drawer for safe keeping. This way, you’ll have it all together when you are ready to sell.
So, what’s your first step? Go start looking now through your bookshelves and containers and take pictures. Then, upload them on eBay, craigslist.com or homeschoolclassifieds.com and you’ll be well on your way to a hefty budget for this year!
What are ways you have saved money for homeschool materials? Next week, I’ll talk about the best resources online to save money and space!
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