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Homeschool Planning II: Saving Money Buying Curriculum

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[Originally posted 5/323/10]




So after I have finished my Curriculum Spreadsheet I  am usually ready to start purchasing curriculum. Since we are always on a tight budget I usually start buying curriculum after we get our tax return.  I always start by looking for used curriculum.

Buying Curriculum Used

Homeschool Classifieds is my favorite used curriculum site. I like it because it is the easiest one to use and I have had very good results with it. You simply type in what you are looking for and it searches the substantial database.

Vegsource is another good used curriculum site. It is harder to use because you often have to wade through the classified listings.

Well Trained Mind Buy/Sell Forum is also another great place to buy used curriculum However, it also another site where you often have to wade through posts to find what you are looking for.

I have some more suggestions for those of you hunting down used curriculum:

  1. Your local homeschool community may have a curriculum sale that you can attend. In our area folks often list what they will be selling ahead of time on -line so you have an idea of what to expect.
  2. Your local area may have a homeschool store with a used book section.
  3. Half Price books often has some homeschool books and it’s usually worth checking them out.
  4. Yahoo has several buy sell groups that are curriculum specific. I have taken advantage of the My Father’s World One.
  5. Yahoo also has very active generic buy sell groups.

Buying Curriculum New

I usually have to buy a good deal of new curriculum each year and I try to always buy it at a discount.

Rainbow Resource – Is owned by a homeschool family and they have a ginormous phonebook sized catalog. They generally have prices that beat all the competitors.

Amazon – Often has pretty good deals but Rainbow Resource usually beats their prices. But when you have to get just one or two items if you have Prime you can get a really good deal.

Then once all your curriculum arrives you can begin to plan your most exciting homeschool year yet!

 

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

9 thoughts on “Homeschool Planning II: Saving Money Buying Curriculum

  1. These are the same places I go to find discounts on homeschooling supplies. I especially love Homeschool Classifieds.

    Another wonderful place specifically for science supplies is Home Science Tools or Hometrainingtools.com . As the children entered high school, I found science supplies became a sizable chunk of our budget. 🙂

    1. The number of children using the curriculum is definitely factored into our decision making process. Also the number of years I will be able to use a curriculum we purchased an Art Program for $250 (after discontinuing weekly art lessons) we have been using it for over 3 years with 3 kids. Thanks for stopping by Penny!

  2. I love Rainbow Resource and am always surprised that their price beats amazon. I don’t know why I’ve never used homeschoolclassifieds.com. I’m going to have to remember that one =) Thanks for the ideas!

  3. The cost of curriculum can be daunting. I researched a ton of free curriculum websites and thanks to The Well Trained Mind forum I’ve found many. I’m visiting from List it Tuesday blog hop.

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