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BeccaSueCongdon 12-06-2012 03:02 PM

How nuch do you spend?
How much do you typically spend on curriculum? I'm a little overwhelmed by the options and it seems like its comparable in cost to private school.

tallanvor 12-06-2012 03:18 PM

Re: How nuch do you spend?
I think I spent $500 this year for my three kids (7th grade, 4th grade, and kindergarten). I saved some by being able to reuse things for the younger ones. I could've gone cheaper, but we had the money and I like what we chose.

You can homeschool for very little, but it sometimes requires more work on your part.

HeatherlovesCDs 12-06-2012 03:33 PM

Re: How nuch do you spend?
We must live in two VERY different areas as far as cost of living. :giggle: In my area $5000/year/1 child is the lower end of what you would expect to pay for private. I couldn't spend that if I tried.

That said, I don't put much thought into how much I spend. :blush: I just buy what I feel we need for the lowest cost I can find (usually new). I do compare prices when thinking about which curriculum to choose, but it isn't a big concern of mine and really only comes into play if I feel two programs are pretty equal. Then, I'll go for the less expensive. We don't have a yearly budget.

But a rough estimate of this year (1st) would be about $250 for just him, maybe $300 if you include siblings. I do expect that to go up as he gets older. Even next year, I expect it will be more like $350. Then, after 2nd it will go up another $50 or so (we use MFW and plan to continue). So, for elementary and middle, I expect it to top out at between $400 and $500. I have no clue about high school.

However, the kids behind him should be a lot less because they will only need the consumables if we stick with the same curriculum for them, which I do intend to but we'll see. They will also all use the same core. So, the main portion of what I buy for my olders, I'll be using with all the kids who are schooling at the same time. I don't plan to spend that amount for all the kids each year. That plus maybe $50 - $75 more per extra student. I have 6 kids total. I think at some point I might be spending close to $1000 or so per school year for all my kids. But, that is still no where near the $5000 PER kid for private around here.

That was long winded and rambling. I hope I answered your question. :)

HMinshall 12-06-2012 03:52 PM

Re: How nuch do you spend?
Not including outside lessons/classes (my kids enjoy sports, taekwondo, dance and will start piano soon)....between $400-500 for the year for 2 kids.

tibeca 12-06-2012 03:53 PM

Re: How nuch do you spend?
After playing around with curriculum, we finally settled on horizons phonics ($30 used), Saxon math (new $40) and HWT (used/new $20). Total $90. That's our core for my preschooler (she is working at a first grade level). I allowed about $150 for books and art projects. She also has ballet (about $300 for the year) and Chinese language school ($300 for the year). Both of those are of course optional and things we would have paid even if she went to PS.

my2sweets 12-06-2012 06:04 PM

About $300-$350 I guess. Honestly I dont really keep track. I buy what I think dd1 needs and things to make my life easier. Dd2 is about to start 1st and I plan on using dd1s old stuff-just get new consumables. I also buy random stuff throughout the yr-school books, reading books, arts and craft stuff, ect and probably spend another $100 easy.

oregonmom 12-06-2012 06:22 PM

Re: How nuch do you spend?
Very little. Most of my curriculum is hand me downs or bought second hand for almost nothing. We also get lots of free stuff off the internet. So I think in total for 2 children I spent about $75 on paper, pencils, pens, art supplies, cost of entrance for field trips (though most field trips are to places that are free), and swim lessons

missydawn 12-06-2012 08:54 PM

Re: How nuch do you spend?
We spent about $400 for our stuff. Yeah we could have gone cheaper but then again we could have gone more expensive. I really wanted to have a curriculum so that I was sure I was covering what needed to be covered.

AbbieJack 12-06-2012 09:17 PM

Re: How nuch do you spend?
Around 300ish

happyhats 12-06-2012 10:10 PM

Re: How nuch do you spend?
Im putting aside 500 from my taxes this year but some things I am planning on purchasing will last more than a gear. Im also getting a printer/scanner and laminator with that money.

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