Most of us want to find great deals on everything from groceries to clothes, to school supplies, and even activities. While the internet offers us an easy way to shop and find deals, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Sometimes we just need a trusted friend to point us in the right direction. In part 1 of this series on homeschooling on a budget, we discussed borrowing from friends, the best resource in every city, finding books at local homeschool resources, and trusting the Lord. (If you missed part 1, click here.) There are a few more tips and secrets you may not know regarding how to find discounts for homeschoolers!
Homeschooling on a Budget, Part 2 – How to Find Discounts for Homeschoolers
School Supplies…at a Discount
You can always find many of your school supplies at a dollar store. What’s more fun than getting new pencils, pens, notebooks, erasers, rulers, and construction paper each for $1? Your younger students will love picking those out with you.
But, while you probably know about your local dollar store, did you know that many office supply stores offer teacher discounts for homeschoolers?
Inquire at your local Office Depot, Office Max, or Staples. You may be able to receive discounts on computer paper, storage bins, large binders, printer ink, and more.
Here is a complete list of 81 retailers who offer teacher discounts! Check the fine print for homeschool teachers. If you have an HSLDA card as well as a photo ID, most places will accept those as official teacher IDs.
Curriculum…at a Discount
In addition to the resources I discussed in part 1, there are two other places to find great curriculum at a discount.
1. A homeschool convention. I know I was quite intimidated to go to a convention when I first started out. There are halls of vendors selling their curriculum and it can be mind-boggling. But if you know what to expect before you go, you will be better prepared to receive all their amazing benefits!
Most vendors offer great discounts when you buy on-site at the convention. So, if you do your research beforehand, you will be able to grab some great deals! Find a convention near you, and plan to attend this year.
2. Aside from the major online sites like Amazon and Christianbook.com, there is another sometimes unknown site that is a great resource, Thrift Books: www.thriftbooks.com. You can find books of all sorts at this site, including educational resources. And, shipping is free if you spend only $10!
Most of the books are used but in good condition. And if they don’t currently have what you want, they will email you when it comes available. It’s a great resource to find books at a fraction of the cost.
Field Trips…at a Discount too!
Finally, many zoos, museums, aquariums, and other local fine arts centers now offer homeschool days, and many are either free or come at a reduced rate. Check the location’s website and plan your trips accordingly. You may be surprised at what they offer. For more information on great homeschool field trips, click here.
Homeschool days are a fun way to interact with other homeschoolers and be able to visit popular sites at a great discount.
And don’t forget the great Read-to-Succeed Program at Six Flags theme parks. Click here for complete details on how to earn FREE tickets!
Don’t Forget Online Freebies!
Last but not least. If your children ever need some additional practice on a specific subject, don’t forget to do a simple Google search. Simply type in “your subject + free printable” and you will have a list of sites to choose from. I recently wanted some extra practice on subjects and predicates. I found a great site called Englishlinx.com. Check it out!
I hope these tips help you find discounts for homeschoolers (and freebies!) that you weren’t aware of. Navigating homeschooling on a budget really is possible. Remember, you probably don’t need all that you thought you did. 🙂
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