Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-06-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
BeccaSueCongdon's Avatar
BeccaSueCongdon
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 3,621
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.

Advertisement

BeccaSueCongdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 03:18 PM   #2
tallanvor
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 13,473
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.
tallanvor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
HeatherlovesCDs
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 10,081
My Mood:
Re: How nuch do you spend?

We must live in two VERY different areas as far as cost of living. 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. 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.
__________________
Heather SAHM to 6 who are 7 and under, including 2 sets of twins and our last little miracle, a surviving identical twin, born Oct 2012!

Last edited by HeatherlovesCDs; 12-06-2012 at 03:39 PM.
HeatherlovesCDs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 03:52 PM   #4
HMinshall
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fort Huachuca, AZ
Posts: 509
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.
HMinshall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #5
tibeca's Avatar
tibeca
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,936
My Mood:
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.
__________________
Tibeca, Certified Breastfeeding Specialist

Baby Monkeys on Hyena Cart
tibeca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 06:04 PM   #6
my2sweets's Avatar
my2sweets
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 4,910
My Mood:
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.
__________________
House Goddess & mama to 8 yr old princess L , 6 yr old mama magnet J and 9mos old love bug C

Swagbucks. Search. Earn. Redeem. Yep, it's that simple (I've earned $70 in gift cards and counting!).
my2sweets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 06:22 PM   #7
oregonmom's Avatar
oregonmom
Registered Users
sitesupporter
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Boise, Idaho
Posts: 1,534
My Mood:
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
__________________
Alisha: SAHM and teacher to 3 great boys 03/2002, 11/2005, 11/2007, and one great girl -03/2013 2 Angel babies 7/2010,10/5/2011-
Come join the swag fun- www.swagbucks.com/refer/monekeysmom
oregonmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 08:54 PM   #8
missydawn's Avatar
missydawn
Senior Moderator
sitesupporter
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 7,199
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.
__________________
Missy
mama of 4
Get $10 at threadUP with me - great, cheap clothes
Homeschool Buyer CO-OP = Great Homeschool Deals
missydawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 09:17 PM   #9
AbbieJack's Avatar
AbbieJack
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,217
Re: How nuch do you spend?

Around 300ish
__________________
Helpmeet to a wonderful DH Mommy to A 8J 5
Angel baby 12-25-11 , W 4-16-13 - 4-30-13 E4-12-14
AbbieJack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2012, 10:10 PM   #10
happyhats
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 2,072
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.
happyhats is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.