Money Saving Ideas For Homeschooling

I am joining in the blog cruise this week, the topic being explored by crew members is: Large Family Homeschooling. With the fact that we are a family of 8 that home schools I figured money saving ideas for homeschooling would be a great topic for me to cover.
I have decided to share some of the tips I have found that have saved us lots of money in our 7 years homeschooling our children. Hopefully you can find a some ideas to save you money or get you something for FREE you didn’t know before!

 

  • Laminate Materials Being Used More Than Once: We have learned to laminate any materials that are going to be used more than once, I figure if I have to go through all the work to print and prepare the material, it is worth my time to laminate the materials so that they don’t get ruined during use. I purchased my laminator from amazon, and purchase my refills from there as well.

  • Put work pages into page protectors or laminate: I have put many pages into page protectors so that they can be used again for other kids you could also laminate the pages, but the page protectors seemed like an easier task to me. The cheapest place I have found page protectors is at Sams Club.
  • Buy used/free books from Amazon: most of the books we use, I purchase on Amazon for .01, and then pay shipping of 3.99 and do not pay more than $4 for most books.

 

  • Buy used homeschool textbooks: I always shop around for used textbooks if I do not have them already, places like homeschool classifieds, Veg Source, and Yahoo groups have been a blessing when looking for used curriculum.
  • Stock Up On School Supplies during back to school time: the savings from purchasing during the sales can be huge! I have learned to get lots of glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons, lined paper, pencils, and erasers or I will have to purchase them later in the year at a lot higher prices.

  • My binding machine has been wonderful for us to make our own books, saving us from having to purchase extra books for school. I download most of my books from Reading A-Z.
  • Use discount codes/ Sales to make purchases:  If I cannot find something I need used, I will usually wait for the company to have a sale or discount codes before I make a purchase. I almost never pay full price for something. Just google the name of the store and coupon code, for example, for Christian Book Publishers I would google “Christian Book Publishers Coupon Code” The odds are more often then not you will find a coupon code for at least free shipping! RetailMeNot is one of the places that usually has most up to day codes for just about anywhere online.
  • Reuse Workbooks: When the children are old enough to write, whenever possible I have them write their answers into a notebook instead of directly writing onto the book. The workbooks can then be used again when the next kiddo needs it, and I don’t have to repurchase the book again.
  • Sign Up For programs: Signing up for some programs can get you free items or pay very little for certain School items:
      • Scholastic Book Clubs: Remember when you were in school and you would bring home those wonderful book orders? Well did you know homeschoolers can sign up for Scholastic Book Clubs to? All you have to do is head over to their site and register and in a few short weeks you will get your order forms in the mail. They have on average of 100 different books that are priced at .99, they offer discounts on sets, and you get bonus points just for buying your books so you can get even more books. If you sign up and enter my customer number 1543712986 you can get 10 FREE books (up to $5.00 value per book)!!
      • Book IT! Homeschoolers can sign up for Book It, just like schools. Your children are rewarded for reading book with free Pizza Hut Pizza, (something us homeschooler moms do lots of anyway.) They are taking enrollments right now through 9/1/2012 for this upcoming school year for homeschoolers.
      • Read To Succeed: Homeschoolers can sign up for the Read To Succeed program through Six Flags.Children read books through out the year and will get 1 free admission to any six flags theme park, the teacher will also receive a free admission so you don’t even have to pay for your own admission!! We do this program every few years and make a family vacation out of it! Their program for the 2012-2013 school year has not started yet.
  • Take Advantage Of Free Offers: There are lots of Free offers out there just google free offers and you will get an endless supply of offers, some of my favorite are:
  • Sign Up For Summer Reading Clubs: Every summer we sign up for different reading clubs, the local library always has some wonderful offers with their program, some of the other ones we have used this year or in the past:
    • Barnes And Noble offers a Summer Reading program where children of reading age can earn up to $15 to spend on books of their choice, younger non readers can choose up to 3 books.
    • PBK Summer Reading Challenge: Pottery Barn offers a free book when you complete their summer reading challenge and bring it into your local stores.
    • HE Buddy: Is offering prizes for kids reading 10 books, they ask for a t-shirt size, so I’m pretty sure one of the prizes is a t-shirt.
  • Read Books For FREE Online: You can read a large variety of children’s books online at
    • WeGiveBooks and for every book you read they will donate a book to a child in need.
    • Aesop’s Fables offers 655+ of the Aesop’s Fables and 127 fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen
    • Amazon also offers free downloads of children’s books for the Kindle, the offers change daily,  No Twiddle twaddle Updates frequently on  free children’s books for your kindle available on Amazon!
    • Children’s Books Online: Offers 600+ books for online viewing
    • Classic Reader: Offers several hundred books for online viewing
How do you save money with your homeschool purchases? I would love to hear your ideas, leave a comment letting me know.
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Comments

  1. I love this post!! 🙂 Checking out all the cool links! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I have a laminator and a binding machine on my school wish list. Great post and thanks for sharing.

  3. I don’t use my laminator near as often as I should. You’re the second person just this week I have seen that binds their own books–I am starting to think I need a binder, too! I had no idea about the Scholastic book club (I loved them when I was in school, my own books!) The only thing I’ve added to your list of money saving ideas is the library. I know it matters what your library is like. We are blessed to have a great one nearby. Thanks for sharing your awesome tips and ideas!

    • I love my binding machine, I wondered if I would use it much or not, but my reading a-z membership helps with that. We have loved the library in the past, but I just cannot discipline myself enough to make sure the books go back on time, it’s just cheaper for me to buy what I can used or on sale from Scholastic. Thanks for stopping, have a blessed week!!

  4. You have some great ideas. I have never heard of a continuous ink supply. I don’t know if my dh will go for me buying another printer but I sure would love to be able to print in color more often… I just bought a laser printer so I could do black and white cheaper but I still have the issue with color being so expensive!

    • Well it would be a great idea to keep in mind next time you need to purchase a printer, the savings have been just amazing!! Thanks for stopping by, Have a wonderful week!

  5. Thank you!! Glad they could help you! Have a wonderful week!

  6. I had both on my homeschool wish list for a couple years, until last year I was able to save enough on curriculum to get my laminator, and I got the book binder for Christmas from my hubby! Glad you enjoyed the post, thanks for stopping by!

  7. I love my binding machine, I wondered if I would use it much or not, but my reading a-z membership helps with that. We have loved the library in the past, but I just cannot discipline myself enough to make sure the books go back on time, it’s just cheaper for me to buy what I can used or on sale from Scholastic. Thanks for stopping, have a blessed week!!

  8. So many wonderful money saving, homeschooling ideas! If you have time I would LOVE for you to come share these in The Mommy Club this week. I’m new to homeschooling so these are super tips.

    Thanks much, Crystal
    http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/08/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-57/

  9. So many wonderful money saving, homeschooling ideas! If you have time I would LOVE for you to come share these in The Mommy Club this week. I’m new to homeschooling so these are super tips.

    Thanks much, Crystal
    http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/08/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions-57/

  10. Wow, you have some great ideas here! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  11. Wow! What a great list of resources, Nicole! Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas and links! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to the collaborative Homeschooling with Heart Board at http://pinterest.com/kidzoneteacher/homeschooling-with-heart/

  12. Great post! Lots of pertinent information for everyone.
    Could you please give some more information about your printer? I am not finding out much about it.
    Also the link about the printer takes us to your first award page.

    Thanks again!

  13. Deb
    Thanks for your kind words!! Also thanks for sharing my post on facebook and pinterest, it is always so appreciated!! Hope you have a great week!!

  14. I think we’re all looking to save a little money and this is a great collection of tips! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  15. I don’t understand how to sign up for scholastic?? It just asks me to enter in some code or the school my kids go to. I can’t figure out how to sign up as a homeschooling parent? Should I have registered as a teacher?? Thanks

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