Let’s all face it. As a homeschooling family, buying homeschool books and curriculums can rack up in price quickly on your homeschool budget. This is why I have 11 brilliant tips for saving money on homeschool books!
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The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Homeschool Books
First, I would like to discuss that I am a huge believer in buying books that are used.
Here’s Why Buying Used Books for Homeschooling is sometimes better!
Buying used books is a more economical way to homeschool your kids, as it allows you to save money on their education, but not cheap out on the quality of their learning.
Used, older homeschool books are typically much cheaper because even though they are older titles, they still hold great value in terms of content, even if the pages are a bit worn.
It is much easier to find rare copies of textbooks and literature when buying them used.
How to Save Money on Homeschool Books
Oh, there are so many tips and hacks for homeschooling, but these are some of my all-time favorite tips for saving money on homeschool books and curriculum.
1. Buy Used Textbooks
When purchasing a homeschool curriculum, try not to let yourself always get pulled into the bright new shiny objects.
What I mean by that is, it’s totally OKAY to buy curriculum, textbooks, or homeschool books used for your homeschooler!
2. Buy online resources of a curriculum or textbook online
This way, you can print and use said digital curriculum or textbook with all of your homeschooling children, without having to buy a new one each time for your homeschool family.
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3. Use your Local Library!
Library= FREE! Can I get an amen?!
I love to use the library for literature books, books for research projects, books on crafting, and basically anything really.
If the kids are researching an animal, we can go to the library and get a ton of books for them to bring home on their animal of choice.
The same goes for any studies! If your child wants to learn a new hobby, the library most definitely would have books on that topic also.
Bottom line— always check the library first!
Shopping on eBay for used or new homeschool books can be possibly cheaper.
Sometimes I find great deals on gently used homeschool books on eBay.
Always do your research first to make sure you are indeed getting a good deal, though.
I am in LOVE with Thriftbooks.com!
Again, some of these books are gently used, some are new, but either way, I have found so many great deals on homeschool books that would normally cost triple the price of what I’ve paid purchasing from Thriftbooks.com.
AND you can earn points each time you shop and redeem them for free books. I love when I’ve reached a free book status!
If you use this link, you’ll receive some awesome bonuses.
Just search on OfferUp “homeschool” or “homeschool books”, and you’ll be surprised what pops up.
The cool thing about purchasing books on OfferUp (or Craigslist) is that you can bargain with people, or even bundle together some of their other listings for a nice bundled price!
7. Yard sales
Anytime I’m out at yard sales, I am ALWAYS going to the book sections.
Even if they’re just picture books or literature, people will usually sell them for anywhere from 10 cents up to a dollar a book!
Tell me where else you can find books that cheap!?
At a recent yard sale, I found a brand new (never been opened) book and pamphlet from the American Red Cross on CPR and First Aid.
I thought, “Wow, this would work for a little health class for my kiddos!”.
I think I got it for 25 cents! You can’t beat that for a great homeschool curriculum health study!
8. Homeschool Convention
Go to a homeschool convention, but don’t always BUY from homeschool conventions!
Browse around, speak to the booth reps, by all means, but then take your info home and get searching around on any of the above places that I mentioned to find your new curriculum choices for a cheaper price.
9. Homeschool Giveaway
A homeschool giveaway is a great resource and opportunity to get some awesome homeschool material for either free or very inexpensive!
Homeschool Giveaway is a great option for a freebie or cheap homeschool resources.
10. Share, Trade, and Borrow from your Homeschool Group Members
Remember when I talked about how you can start your very own homeschool group? Well, this is the perfect place to do some trading or borrowing with each other!
Maybe you can use their science book on birds, while they’re not using it, and then return it when you’re all done. There are so many possibilities.
11. Sell Them When You’re Finished with Them
When you’re all done with a book or homeschool curriculum, you can always resell it to recuperate some of those homeschool expenses, and free up some shelving space!