The Cost of Homeschooling

When you start homeschooling it is natural to ask "how much does homeschooling cost?"

Homeschoolers are usually at an immediate disadvantage because one parent must stay at home with the children - and this loss of income could be counted towards the overall cost to the family. And whilst most of us think this is a worthwhile sacrifice, it does usually mean we have to tighten our belts.

But what other costs are you likely to have? Let's look at the answer to this question - and then how to make it more affordable.

Homeschooling Costs

There are costs associated with homeschool, although these can be flexible. It is up to you how much you spend. Some example costs may include:

  • Textbooks or Curriculum.

  • Materials such as paper, pens. And printer ink!

  • A PC with internet access.

  • Educational games, toys, puzzles and books. This is the biggest expense for our family.

  • Extra heating costs of having the family at home during the day.

  • Extra food costs.

  • The costs of outings or field trips.

  • The amount of this does differ, but homeschoolers estimate they spend between $300 to over $2,500 a year.

    These costs have to be balanced against the cost of sending your child to school (uniforms, private tuition fees, school meals, transportation costs etc).

    But how can you really manage the cost of homeschooling and make it affordable?

    Affordable Homeschooling

    There is lots you can do to make your homeschool budget go further. Don't plump for an expensive curriculum until you are sure that it will suit your family.

    Tips for affordable home schooling include ideas such as making use of your local library. Or sharing resources with other homeschoolers. There are many free homeschool activities available as well as homeschool freebies.

    Be creative, and you will find that homeschooling does not need to cost a fortune.


    Cost of Homeschooling

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