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5 Tips to Save Money Homeschooling Every Year

5 Tips to Save Money Homeschooling Every Year

5 tips to save money homeschooing

I often find that I wax and wain in my homeschool frugality. Mainly because I sometimes want to be able to do what some of my friends are able to amass wonderful libraries. Our family really cannot afford to to do this and meet our other financial goals. Therefore we have 4 things we do

  1. Frugal Homeschoolers absolutely love their libraries. It is hands down the cheapest place to get books that we will only need for a few days. The secret to using the library effectively is to develop a method of managing library books so you do not incur fines.
  2. Frugal Homeschoolers choose curriculum that can be reused by more then one student .  This doesn’t mean we try to shove a square peg kiddo in a round hole. But it does mean we consider the curriculums longevity as well as it’s rigor and quality. We may buy a more expensive curriculum because over the long we will either break even with the cheap one or save money. A curriculum that cost $100 that will be used with 5 children is $20 per kid. So in the long run you can save money by using a $100 curriculum you love instead of trying to make that $25 curriculum work for you.
  3. Frugal Homeschoolers sell their used curriculum when they no longer need it. So instead of just giving it away (unless you know of a family in need) we make the extra effort to sell it. One of my favorite sites to buy and sell Homeschool Curriculum  is Homeschool Classifieds.
  4. Frugal Homeschoolers try to buy most of their homeschool curriculum used. We opt to spend our time instead of our money on purchasing and find homeschool curriculum.
  5. Frugal Homeschoolers don’t jump quickly from one curriculum to another. By being willing to try to stick with our curriculum we aren’t buying 2 history programs in a year. Additionally, if you stick with say Mystery of History once you have purchased the 4 volume set you do not have to purchase any other history set for your K-12th grader.

To sum

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11 Tips to Save Money Grocery Shopping

Here are few simple tips to help you immediately save money in the grocery store as you begin your frugal journey. You always want to remember some things we do not have any control over but somethings we can control and the grocery budget is one of those things.

  1. Have a Grocery Budget –  This may seem kind of silly but the most important way to save money in the grocery store is to actually have a budget. Determine how much you are going to spend before you get to the store. Now you may need to adjust your budget a couple of times until you reach a comfortable budget for your family. But if you have no idea how much you are spending it’s impossible to determine if you have saved anything.
  2. Pay with Cash – Yes, i mean literally throw down some green backs at the register. And even more horrifying if you do not have enough money put some of the food back. So for me this means I do not take any other means of payment into the store so I’m not tempted to overspend.
  3. Shop with a list –  Take a list of what your family needs and stick to it. Now I give you permission to buy Toilet Paper if  you forget to put it on the list but everything else can wait! Scrupulously record what you need on your list before you go and then stick to the list!
  4. Make a Meal Plan – This goes hand in hand with shopping with a list. Make a meal plan so you know exactly what food items you need to make your meals for the week. Additionally, you are not wandering around the store trying to buy things that will probably make a meal. (I have simplified my meal planning by using a breakfast and lunch rotation and having a permanent shopping list)
  5. Buy MOST Meats on Sale – Keep a price list of the meats that you purchase. Carefully watch the sales papers and when it goes on sale stock up. I’ve been known to buy 40# of pork chops at a time so I can avoid paying full price. I personally, make an exception for leg/thigh quarters which are regularly below .60/# at our local store.
  6. Avoid Brand Loyalty –  There may be a few things that your husband has requested or if you have some allergies to deal with that you have to purchase the brand name. But just by buying off brands you will save a bundle.
  7. Use coupons –  Again this one is obvious but i must be thorough. Use coupons when you can you can often save well over 10% on an item just by using a coupon.
  8. Buy dry instead of canned- This will both save you money and it’s healthier. The canned versions of beans for example are more expensive t
    hen the dried bags of beans and the dried bags give  you more food.
  9. Avoid buying things off of end caps or at the register –  This is where the store puts the more expensive items hoping you’ll just grab it absentmindedly. Which is probably why manufacturers pay more to have their products placed on the end caps.
  10. The Middle of the Store is Dangerous – All of the preprocessed food will cost more, period. It’s almost always cheaper to make your own. In the middle of the store keep in mind that the top of the shelf is usually high end, the middle is prime retail space for manufacturers so more expensive products will be there. So we need to LOOK DOWN which is generally where you’ll find the least expensive items.
  11. Don’t shop when you are hungry – I know that if I am hungry and I go grocery shopping I will normally come out with something  I wasn’t intending to buy but it “just looked good”. And no matter what DO NOT LET A HUNGRY HUSBAND anywhere near the grocery store with money!

So what simple tips do you use to save

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A {Before} House Tour


So I am going to show you our house before we purchased it so as we are remodeling it and making it more big family friendly you’ll have a feel from where we started.

  1. We were looking for a fixer-upper and this house had some things that needed to be fixed but it was ll cosmetic and nothing major.
  2. We were trying to get a bigger house and at the same time we  didn’t want to have a large mortgage like we did in the country house.
  3. We needed a large backyard & high ceilings

We purchased this larger (then our previous house) super cute 1950’s ranch style house on a large lot. There are

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