Whether you are a homeschooling newbie or a professional, you know that being a homeschooler can be a pretty expensive lifestyle. So, I want to give you a piece of advice that seriously helped to cut my home education costs…
I learned to supplement my regular curriculum with homeschooling freebies!
I know that you are thinking, “Kelli, that sounds great, but it is really hard to find quality homeschooling freebies!” Yep, that is why I am visiting Budget Saving Mom, to help you find them. Aren’t I nice?
#1. Know what homeschooling freebies you are looking for.
If you just start browsing or doing Swagbucks Searches, you are going to get sucked into the abyss known as the world wide web with no chance of escape! So, here are a few links to get you going. Don’t Google or Swagbuck it, go to the source FIRST, then search!
- If you are looking for Science or History, search The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and The History Channel websites. You can watch videos, play games, and even shop on all of them! Plus, Nat Geo has an education tab that is full of extra resources that match right up with their shows and online videos! If you have younger children, be sure to check out Nat Geo Kids!
- Looking for Literature based homeschooling freebies? Your Story Hour, Ambleside Online, and Aesop’s Fables are fabulous websites to have in your homeschooling freebies “drawer”.
- Want it all? Scholastic has a ton of articles and free printables to help round out your child’s education. Just click kids, parents, or teacher for lots of resources. Or, simply type your search term in the box. ABC Teach is another great place for everything. With over 5,000 free printables, there is something for everyone!
#2. Make a Plan!
Don’t just download and print things willy-nilly; otherwise, you end up spending more on paper and ink than you would have on just buying curriculum. Save the links, download and save to your computer. Then, schedule your homeschool using the free printables from Donna Young and print only a week’s worth of your homeschooling freebies at a time. That way, if you hate it, you haven’t wasted all the paper!
#3. Hoard like crazy. LOL!
Seriously! Reuse, reuse, reuse! Do not let your children write in books, tracing paper and lined paper is way cheaper. Then, your new baby can use the same book that your 22 year old used in her day! Aka… free curriculum!
What do you do to cut the costs of educating your children?
Kelli gives you hints and tips on how you can save money homeschooling and homemaking! At Deals_3BD she posts coupon/ad matchups, the best homeschooling deals, printable coupons, and kid friendly recipes. Plus, she is making her own curriculum and you can get the first chapter of Alphabet Soup for FREE!