Being Frugal with Curriculum
We are beginning our 18th year of homeschooling. When I started homeschooling I bought everything new and I bought all the teachers manuals. I soon learned I did not use the teachers manuals much. ( just the answer keys for math) We went through some financial difficulties and I had to learn how to obtain curriculum for very little money. I borrowed, bartered, used the library, and sought out used bookstores. I also go to thrift stores. I have been doing this every since and saving hundreds of dollars.
I just purchased all I need for this year and am pleased to say I spent $30.70. I borrowed a math book. ( was actually my oldest sons years ago and has come back home for a while. amazing how stuff travels around the homeschool community!) The rest of our needed items I got at our used homeschool bookstore. First I cleaned out my book shelves and turned excess in for store credit. My credit was 41.00. My used book purchase was 56.00. ( on this trip, I have made two trips with my total cost of 30.70)
What I like about the store I use is that the receipt shows how much you saved by comparing new vs used cost. My total savings was 112.00. Now for those of us that use coupons you know that is a great deal!