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Homeschooling can be an expensive choice for parents. There are many expenditures that need to be taken into account and the financial burden can be heavy particularly if only one parent is working.
However, many families have chosen homeschooling and found the homeschooling experience to be rewarding and fruitful.
Though homeschooling is expensive, there are some tips that will help you to reduce the cost of homeschooling and help ease your financial problems.
1. Learning materials
You can obtain your child’s textbooks and other learning materials easily without necessarily buying them. You can always borrow them from the library. Your local schools may be able to lend them or sell them to you at a cheap price and you can go online and download the educational materials and print it out yourself.
Visit the homeschooling forums online and just ask where you can ask free or cheap learning materials. You’ll be sure to find some tips.
2. Educational Field Trips
Educational trips can mean visits to the local zoo or science center. You can teach your child about animals and plants in your local garden or the local garden community.
You could teach history by visiting historical sites. You could teach culture by visiting other cultural sites or watching plays etc. All these are usually free or for a cheap price.
3. Be part of a community
There should be many local homeschooling communities in your local neighbourhood. By joining these homeschooling communities, you can pool their resources and shared it among the members.
For example, a homeschooling community can approach the local school and ask for donations for used textbooks, writing materials and other items such as whiteboards, desks and chairs etc.
Or the homeschooling community can pool their financial resources together and negotiate with a publisher for cheaper prices. Since you have more bargaining power as a community rather than an individual, you stand a greater chance of successfully negotiating a deal with the publisher.
If you do not have a homeschooling community in your local area, try online homeschooling communities and forums. They offer support and guidance and often free homeschooling resources are available
I hope I have given you some ideas on how to save money when homeschooling. As long as you are creative, you can find more ways to reduce the cost of homeschooling.