January 12, 2017
Savings for Homeschoolers - From Art to Zoos!
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The New Year is an exciting time for homeschoolers! Whether you're transitioning
to homeschooling unexpectedly, aka an accidental homeschooler, or an experienced
homeschooler beginning a new curriculum, this is the perfect opportunity for a
fresh start. Who doesn't have a checklist of all the places they want to go,
supplies they want to get, or curriculum they want to buy? However, for many
homeschoolers, the enthusiasm of what could be quickly subsides when they start
adding up the cost.
No one wants to cut corners when it comes to
their children's education, which is why it's important to know where you can
save money as a home educator. Here are a few:
Local attractions: Being a homeschooler has its advantages.
Having a flexible schedule makes it possible to attend attractions and avoid
crowds by visiting on weekdays, and you can take advantage of group discounts by
inviting other homeschoolers to join you. For example, both the Dallas Zoo and
California Museum in Sacramento offer admission for half off, and the Old Salem
Museums & Gardens in Winston Salem, NC provides admission discounts for
homeschool days when purchased by phone. Before heading out to a specific
destination, be sure to call ahead or visit their websites to learn more.
Retailers: Many well known vendors, local merchants, and even
online retailers that cater specifically to homeschoolers, offer some type of
discount. Need a Mac or iPad? Apple provides education pricing for homeschool
teachers. The arts and crafts store, Michaels, and the Container Store both
provide an in-store teacher discount of 15%. Some companies will ask for proof
that you're a homeschooler, which can be validated by a copy of your declaration
of intent to homeschool, a letter from your school district or umbrella school,
or an ID card from your homeschool group.
Homeschool curriculum trials: It's worth checking with the
curricula you are exploring to see what options they have available before
making the investment. For example, Time4Learning provides an award-winning,
comprehensive online curriculum that is incredibly affordable. There is a 14-day
money-back guarantee which gives parents and students time to try it out and see
if it's a good fit. Time4Learning also offers discounts for multiple students
and savings if you pay for three, six or 12 months at a time, instead of
There are tons of ways to save as a home educator. Whether it's on supplies,
experiences, or curricula, sticking to a budget is possible. To receive more
great homeschooling advice, sign up for our education newsletter.
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