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Homeschooling on a Budget

Whether you are homeschooling or traditional-schooling your kids are going to need new things for school this coming year. Anytime now we should start seeing the back-to-school sales happening. I love this time of year!

I love to stock up on washable markers, glue, and anything else I think I’ll need or want for my kids at prices as low as 10-, 15- and 20-cents at well-known stores and office supply stores.  I’ve been doing this since my oldest was about 2 or 3 years old, and I wasn’t even planning to homeschool him then.

During this time I would buy spiral notebooks and probably some markers or crayons to get him to practice lines, circles and drawing. On a side note, if you do this with your tiny tots I suggest saving the notebook as a keepsake. I kept one for my oldest and added notes about his funny word pronunciations because its such a cute time in their life and it will be over and sadly, some of it forgotten in time.

As a homeschooling-parent my tax dollars don’t get cut because I choose to homeschool and the government does not help me pay for my homeschooling curricula or supplies. Additionally, our family does not bring in a lot of income. You might think this would leave me worried or frustrated, but I actually relish in finding creative ways to save money and cut costs. I do so by buying what I want or need for our family for free or very cheap partly by using deal sites that pay me to use them. Many of these sites, like Swagbucks, are free to join and I redeem my “payments” for Amazon egift cards (codes) in increments of $5 and then use them to buy homeschool material…brand new or used.

One huge money saver is that I don’t have to be concerned with buying special clothes for the school year–no uniforms, no “new” clothes. My kids can do school in their pjs if they want. There is no one to impress or compare themselves to like there would be in a classroom of 20 students.  (That is not the reason I homeschool, by the way. I just happened to think about it while I am writing this post.)

Successful homeschooling does not have to cost a lot of money and is well worth the sacrifices that it requires. A little searching for savings is all it takes.


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“Homeschooling-mom” and “mom-blogger” are two roles Tracy Zdelar didn’t plan on owning. However, as they often do, things changed. She is the Prime Parents’ Club Homeschooling Contributor and also writes at her blog Hall of Fame Moms. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.[/author_info]

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In addition to homeschooling her boys, Tracy owns and writes from her blog Hall of Fame Moms sharing not only reviews on family-friendly products and places but also posts about homeschooling resources, frugal living, her faith and more. Like her boys', she enjoys wild things in nature. Catterpillars, bugs and tadpoles are welcomed guests in their home. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.