Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Homeschool Information

Can You Homeschool on a Shoestring?

Potential homeschool parents are always asking if homeschooling is expensive and how to make it more affordable. So, can you homeschool on a shoestring? Absolutely!

Entire homeschool curricula can be found online, as can books, games, worksheets, you name it. I don’t know how homeschoolers did it before the advent of the personal computer! To peruse a whole bunch of homeschool freebies I’ve found, you can click on Free Homeschooling Resources to see a list of everything I’ve shared in the past. And here is a list of some of the resources I’ve found to help you homeschool on a shoestring.

Online resources

Physical and local resources

Other than resources on the internet, here are some simple things we do or use to save money in our homeschool…

  • Library – we do not buy books we can find at the library – I use our local library’s website to search from home and can take a trip to the library weekly. Many books are also available in eBook format.
  • Dollar store – there are so many things we can use at the dollar store, from bristol board and tape, to books and workbooks
  • Free exchange or swap group – we used to belong to our local Freecycle group before it closed down and then joined a Facebook exchange group. We’ve received all sorts of great books and freebies as well as gifted unwanted items to others.
  • Re-usable curricula – we have generally use Tapestry of Grace as our core curriculum. Once you’ve bought all 4 years of the program, you have the outline for all 13 years of school, for as many children as you have. Plus, I have always saved the curricula I use with my eldest to use with my youngest when she gets to that level.
    The Well-Trained Mind is a similar curriculum (without a Christian world view), outlining all 13 grades, with many books available at the library.

There is also a book named Homeschooling on a Shoestring that you may want to check out for more ideas.

What’s your favourite resource for homeschooling on a shoestring? Please let me know what I’ve missed in the comments below!

Love, Luck &


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Posted in Things to Do, Places to Go

NS Museum of Natural History – 1/2 off Family or Single Annual Pass!

For the next 2 days only, Groupon has coupons for 1/2 off the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History Annual Passes:

  • Single Annual Pass: $8.00 (regular $16.50)
  • Family Annual Pass: $19.00 (regular $39.00)

You must activate your pass by Dec. 7, 2011 and it will be valid for one year.  Go to the Groupon Museum of Natural History Deal now.

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Posted in Homeschool Events

Fall Schoolhouse Expo! Buy a ticket by June 18th Save $10

The Old Schoolhouse has announced another Schoolhouse Expo October 4 – 8, 2010, with the theme “Celebrate Homeschooling!”  Their announcement comes with this very special offer of $10 off if you buy a ticket right now!  I just bought my ticket 🙂  Just $15 if you’re attending LIVE, or $10 if you cannot attend and will be listening to the online recordings afterward.

Here are some more details for you…

You’ll love hearing some of your favorite speakers from May’s Expo like Diana Waring, Carol Barnier, Todd Wilson, and Karen Braun from Spunky Homeschool, plus some new favorites like Dr. Jay Wile, author of the popular “Exploring Creation with . . .” series of science books for middle and high school students, and Steve and Jan Lambert from Five in a Row. Please note that these are all tentative speakers and subject to change without notice since we are still in the planning phase.
In addition, we are adding a whole new track developed especially for teens to enjoy and be motivated towards success.

But that’s not the only addition to the Fall Schoolhouse Expo.

Have you ever considered writing from home and getting paid for it? Learn some key concepts and direction on how you can make this dream come true.

Ready to register?

We don’t even have the updated information on our website yet, but for two days only you can preregister for the October Expo and save $10 on either the LIVE Expo or the October Expo To Go.

You choose!

Plus, with either option, you will get a copy of our E-Book, How I Homeschool: Twelve Families Share Their Lifestyles of Learning. This E-Book goes perfectly along with our theme of celebrating how each family is different and the freedoms we have in homeschooling.

Want to watch and listen in LIVE, PLUS get the MP3 recordings after the Expo?

Choose the Fall Schoolhouse Expo option for $14.99 (regularly $24.99). That’s a full $10 off! We will have a special freebie gift package ready later, and we’ll email you with the link so you can download them when they’re ready, but we just wanted to give you this opportunity to save your seat in the Expo at this great price NOW. Once this sale is over, you won’t have the opportunity to register again until July or August, and we won’t be offering the $14.99 price again.

Prefer just to listen in later at your convenience?

Choose the Fall Expo To Go option for $9.99 and save $10 off the regular $19.99 price.

After the Expo ends in October and the audio files are ready, we’ll email you with the information on how to download the MP3 files.

This is our most budget-friendly version and won’t be offered at this price again.

Whatever you choose, don’t miss out on this price and the chance to reserve your spot in our Fall Expo!

And be sure to let your friends know about this special offer. Forward this email to your homeschool groups or share the link on Facebook. We sold out in less than a month last time so don’t delay. Save money, reserve your seat, and enjoy a bonus E-Book.


Offer ends midnight, Friday, June 18th.
Open to both U.S. and International customers.