Tips for Homeschooling on a Tight Budget

One of the difficulties that homeschoolers face is obtaining resources and often this can be due to the financial implications of purchasing the appropriate educational materials for your child.  However, there are ways that you can limit your expenditure.  Here are some tips for homeschoolers to get resources on a budget.

Utilize the internet

There are lots of websites out there that you will be able to get printable resources to help you to educate your child. Also, you can make use of the interactive activities and revision tools that are available for free on the internet.  The internet is also invaluable in helping both you and your child to research different topics. 

Speak to your local education office

Give your local area education office a ring as they may be able to provide you with some of the resources that you need.  Also, they may be able to advise you on other ways to obtain resources for free, on loan or at a reduced price than you would normally expect to pay. 

Pool resources

If you are in contact with other homeschoolers in your area then it can be a good idea to pool resources.  Share with each other the equipment and resources that you already have and share the cost of any additional items that you need.  This will be beneficial to all the families concerned as it will reduce the cost for everybody.  It can be wise to devise a rota for usage of the resources so that everybody has an equal share. 

Use vouchers and coupons

There are many stores and websites that sell educational materials that will accept vouchers and coupons.  Redeeming these against your purchases can save you a lot of money.  Similarly, many shops and websites offer a discount for sales over a certain amount of money.  If this is the case, it can be helpful to plan ahead for resources that you may need and buy everything in one go to ensure that you get the best deal on your purchases.

Free resources at home

There are many lessons that can be taught without the need for buying additional resources.  When homeschooling your child, you can simply make use of the things that you have already in the home or turn family activities and days out into a learning experience.  There are many day to day activities, such as grocery shopping and cooking, that can be used to teach a number of different topics to your child.