Can You Homeschool Frugally?

by Rebecca

Frugal Homeschool

When our first child was born, we discussed homeschooling. After researching curriculum, the cost associated with it and many other factors, we decided not to homeschool and sent our first two children to public school. After our second child’s Kindergarten year, we decided to spend the money necessary for good curriculum and bring her home. A few months later, we did the same with our oldest. And our youngest child has never been to school.

Frugal Homeschooling

Over the years, we have found several ways to homeschool frugally. As the economics across the globe continue to decrease, it is evident that our desire to give our children a good education at home is not easy and the need to save as much money as possible makes for some long nights when just getting started.

It doesn’t have to be that way though. There are many ways to save on Homeschooling now, using your frugal prowess and many free and paid for services, you can homeschool for very little and provide a top knotch education for your children.

Socialization

Let’s hit this topic first. Yes, homeschool children need to socialize. And guess what, Homeschool Moms need to, as well. There are many ways you can ensure your children are growing in relationships as you homeschool. You can join a co-op, a large homeschool encouragement group, small groups meeting to cover specific topics and even play dates. The possibilities in this area – are endless. Because of the flexible schedule homeschooling provides, it is impossible to run out of ways to get you and your children .

We have personally been involved in small groups at homes, classes at a local church for homeschool children, large homeschool encouragement group and scheduled play/tea times for the whole family.

Reach out and find what works for your family. Not every family is the same. Some prefer large groups and others prefer smaller settings. Find what works best for your own family and if you can’t find it – maybe you need to implement something that works for your family. Be creative and don’t put yourself in a box.

Curriculum

Finding the right homeschool curriculum can be daunting. However, through prayer and finding the ‘right’ places you can pay for curriculum you can use for your home or you can also find free or next to free. The public domain and several amazing companies and websites are dedicated to helping you save money to help your homeschool dollars stretch as far as they can go.

Free/Frugal

  • How to Homeschool For Free
    • Homeschool for Free and Frugal eBook
  • Free Homeschool Deals
  • Google Play – allows you to find free books on the public domain and others that are drastically reduced. We love finding books on here – and my children enjoy reading them on our computer or portable devices
  • Feedbooks – another place to find free/public domain books
  • Your library! Yes, don’t forget your local library

Homeschool Mom Blogs

Yes – we love our Mom Blogger friends, don’t we? We are all looking for the right price and know that other Moms are out there doing the same. Here are some of my favorite sites for great deals

Subscriptions and other place to save you time and money

Notebooking Pages - I use this site a LOT to create and use the many notebooking pages Debra has created. This has truly been helpful in guiding me to create my own curriculum in many ways. The price for the pages – is definitely worth it and my children are showing great progress in all areas – I can’t recommend it enough!

Mamas Learning Corner – has fantastic free and inexpensive worksheets for your children.

Teach Them Diligently Marketplace – a new concept for homeschool conventions. Small 1.5 day convention with great speakers and curriculum on site – at a reduced price.

Groceries and others

Frugal Homeschooling is not just about curriculum. It’s about the rest of our home, as well.

Frugal Homeschooling or just living a frugal life boils down to spending a little time researching and identifying what works best for your family. While this is a list of some of my favorite places, it is not all-inclusive. There are many more ways to save. The important thing to remember is this – do not box yourself in. There are ways to live a beautiful life, frugally!

Do you homeschool or try to live a frugal lifestyle? What do you do to save money?

 photo ScreenShot2013-04-06at113756AM_zpsd14beecf.pngRebecca is a Mom who took off her point shoes and wore combat boots for five years. She then climbed the corporate ladder and finally found the best job ever – homeschooling her three children. You can find daily encouragement for any mom on her mom – Mom’s Mustard Seeds



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Child of God, wife to my best friend, blessed with three children and friends I love dearly. I love encouraging others and sharing truth. Owner and Author of Mom's Mustard Seeds

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1 Jason April 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Wow, this is a massive resource post! I think everyone should bookmark it whether you currently home school, or may be considering it like The Wife and I.
We had some neighbors recently who homeschooled their two teenagers. They had a socialization group that did an outing at least once a week. It was clear that it brought a huge element to the home school process. They did beach, museum, Exploratorium, and so on to make it fun, educational, and social. I didn’t know how popular the social group aspect was until I actually spoke with a home schooler. Glad I did.

Jason
The Cheeky Daddy

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2 Tanya April 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

This post is what I needed today! At the beginning of this week we as a family made the decision to home school our son and niece next year.

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3 Noreen April 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I would suggest looking into k12.com, my state, Washington actually pays for it. We homeschooled for a year while waiting for a spot in the accelerated/gifted program and loved WAVA (wa version of k12). I know many other states in the USA also will pay for it. You can also skip a grade which we did.

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