Tips for Homeschooling on a Budget

Many homeschool families are working on a tight budget that must cover all of the family’s needs including your homeschool supplies. The good news is that there are a lot of great things that you can do to help lower the cost of your homeschooling.

Look for Free Resources Online

There are so many great places to get free resources for your homeschool. You can even find full online curriculum programs like Khan Academy to help make homeschooling frugal and easy. Many homeschool blogs offer a wide range of free homeschool printables. You can use Pinterest for all kinds of great hands-on project ideas to make the most of your homeschool days. With the internet, many homeschooling families manage to piece together an entirely free or close to free homeschool curriculum that helps make the most of their budget.

Use your Library to your Advantage

Instead of spending a lot of money on the books you want or need to go with your curriculum, check your local library. Many libraries work with a network that will allow you to get books from other locations to help ensure that families can get what they need. Many libraries these days have entire sections dedicated to homeschooling and homeschool curriculum you can use for your family to help cut costs or simply to test if you like something before you buy it yourself.

Find Free Activities

Homeschooling lessons don’t have to take place only at home. In fact, one of the best things about homeschooling is that you can take it anywhere and make nearly anything into a great opportunity to learn. Look for free activities in your community that you can turn into educational activities to get your kids out without spending an arm and a leg. Visiting free museums, historical sites, and going hiking are great options. Many communities host free events you can stop by and visit over the summer.

Make the Most of Sales

At the end of the summer back to school sales make the supplies you will need for your homeschool much more affordable. This is a great time to stock up on enough supplies to get you through the entire school year. I suggest getting more than you think you will need to help reduce costs because it is not uncommon to lose or go through much more than you think you will need, forcing you to replace supplies at full price over the winter or in the spring. Extra art supplies you stock during these sales make a great stocking stuff

Homeschooling families often are working with a strict budget but want to make sure that their kids are getting the most out of their education. There are plenty of programs like K12: Online Public School Programs that can allow your student to work at their own pace with a teacher who is accessible to answ4er any questions. Or you can choose your own homeschool content. The options are unlimited even if you are on a budget.

Have you ever considered homeschooling? Were you afraid your budget would infer with your child’s education?

11 thoughts on “Tips for Homeschooling on a Budget”

  1. This is an informative article about both my kids being in publish school my youngest is now being homeschooled at home. I will have to try some of the resources you mention. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. I am all for free or sales. When the kids were learning from home, it was tough at times. We discovered it’s much better when they go to a school, but I know many who do homeschool with success!

  3. This is such a helpful post! My mom homeschooled my brothers for a while and she said it was expensive back then. But I’m glad there are so many free resources now because I think I’d like to homeschool whenever I have kids!

  4. This seems like a great resource. One of my good friends homeschooled her kids and they always had marvelous adventures. I’m not sure where she got her curriculum, but it was very extensive.

  5. This is all really useful advice. There are loads of great free resources for parents to use when homeschooling. Libraries are also great too!

  6. I am agree that kids can learn a lot from free activities! There are so many options around us. For example I am always looking to free master classes for kids.

  7. This is such a really great and very informative post! These are all really great advice thanks for sharing this with us!

  8. We have never considered homeschooling. My son preferred going to school. Then the pandemic hit and he had to do virtual learning. It was hard for him but he managed.

  9. It is good to be able to make your budget stretch further. These are great tips and it is nice to be able to get the most out of your money and children’s education.

  10. These are all great tips and appreciate you sharing. I will have to share with my brother as he is homeschooling his kids 😉


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