Friday, April 11, 2014

Free and Frugal Homeschooling: Tips {Giveaway}

April Blog Hop

Welcome to the last day of my 5 Days of Free and Frugal Homeschooling!!  I hope you have enjoyed this series.

Today I'm going to be sharing some FREE and FRUGAL Homeschooling Tips!

If you missed it, here are the first four days along with their GIVEAWAYS, which at the time of this post, are still all open, so go and enter!!

Day 1 - Curriculum Plans and a Giveaway
Day 2 - Books and a Giveaway 
Day 3 - Printables and Planners and a Giveaway
Day 4 - Educational Online Games and a Giveaway

So here are a few Tips on Homeschooling FREE and Frugal:

Use the Library - If you have a well stocked public library nearby, this is a cheap way to find all those books on your reading list.  Also, take advantage of their inter-library loan system.

Buy Used, Swap, or Borrow - Buy, swap, or borrow from friends or shop your local used curriculum sale if you have one. 

Shop Sales - Buy school supplies when everything is on sale, and during the tax-free weekend if your state offers it.

Shop Online - I have found that if I can't find something used, I may be able to find it cheaper on Amazon or Books-A-Million.  Both offer free shipping if you buy over $25 and Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble both have a 20% off educators discount for teachers. You just have to sign up for the card and then register the card number to your account.

Join a Co-op - Co-ops offer support and ideas that you would not have available otherwise.

Hand Down and/or Combine Kids- We only have one child so we sell things after we use them, unless they would be a good resource for the future or they were consumable.  But for bigger families, hand down books and curriculum to younger siblings or if they are close in age, combine their work.

Search FREE Sites - If I can find a free online site that has games, resources, or materials, I will try and incorporate it into our schedule. I try not to use too many, but they break up our day for time to time.

Netflix - Last year we decided to cancel our Direct TV and get only our local channels and Netflix. We LOVE Netflix!! There are many educational movies on there and you could probably find something to go along with any topic you are learning.

Amazon Prime - We don't have Amazon Prime at the moment but I've thought of getting it for the instant streaming of movies and TV episodes. Plus, there are over 350,000 Kindle titles to borrow for free. Still something we are thinking about.

Here are a few links to sites that help make Homeschooling FREE and Frugal

Homeschool Classifieds
Homeschool Buyers Co-op
Vegsource 
The Well-Trained Mind
FreeCycle
Ebay
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

The last of some great sites that offer free printables and more

Freely Educate
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine


GIVEAWAY #5

In keeping with the Free and Frugal Homeschooling theme, I'll be giving away some of my favorite homeschool products this week!!

Today you can enter to win a Six Month Membership to Reading Eggs AND An Autographed Copy of A Cry From Egypt!!

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