Shopping for curriculum sure can put a large dent in your bank account if you aren’t careful to budget ahead of time. It’s so easy to get sucked into the trap of buying the newest thing, or purchasing a brand new box set for each child. Before you know it you’ve spent a mortgage payment on curriculum!
If you have it in your budget to purchase new each year and you can afford it that’s wonderful, and there is nothing wrong with that! There have been times where we were able to buy everything brand new for each child. It was so exciting to get that big box of crisp, brand new books with that new book smell still on them. There have also been many times where we would pray before we stepped into a used book sale and marveled at how God provided each book we needed. It didn’t matter if it was gently used or not, it was still something to get excited about.
The more children you have, and the older they get, the more expensive curriculum shopping can be. It’s important to plan out a budget ahead of time before you start shopping so you know how much you are able to spend, and you can make lists and shop for the best deals around. Summer is a great time to start shopping because there are homeschool conventions, used book sales, and lots of deals on publisher’s websites.
I thought it would be helpful to put together a round-up of curriculum shopping printables to help keep you on budget. I have also included some blog posts with some creative and helpful ideas to help you save on your shopping and homeschool needs this year.
FREE Curriculum Shopping Budget Printables, Helps and Resources:
If you get overwhelmed by planning, budgeting and shopping for curriculum we have got you covered! You will want to check out this post on:
We have also included two free checklists in that post as an instant download. These will help you record the different subjects you are shopping for, and a planning sheet to help you plan out the days you are doing each subject.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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