Okay, so when you are trying to homeschool on a budget, how do you afford all of the curriculum?
Buy secondhand!! Just like clothes and toys, there is also secondhand curriculum out there. I know for all of you experienced homeschool parents, this is old news, but for all of the relatively new homeschool parents, this can be a super money saver.
Curriculum can be very expensive, and if you try to buy all of the extras that go along with the curriculum, it can become overwhelming. So, shop for used curriculum. I know that some of you think used curriculum must mean stuff that is all used up and written in, but that is not the case.
There are tons of homeschool parents out there who take great care of the items they purchase and even make copies of the worksheets, so they can resale the curriculum.
If you have a local homeschool group, check with them. They probably have a curriculum swap or sale at least once every year. If you do not have a local group, check the web. There are several sites that have listings for used curriculum.
Another place to check, believe it or not, is at yardsales. You would be surprised at what you can find. I know people who have been lucky enough to find entire curriculum sets. However, you are probably more likely to find a piece here and there. You can almost always find books though, and every homeschooler knows the importance of books, when you have young readers!!
So, if you are looking to save big money on your curriculum, try to find a used version.
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