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Old 10-20-2012, 01:25 AM   #1
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HSing budget?

Hi there! We're still in a stage where we don't need a lot for HSing, but we don't have anything budgeted... I realized this around the time I realized I was running out of lamination pouches and magnet strip, lol.

Anyway, I guess what I'm looking for is what a reasonable HS budget might look like. Would some of you be able to share yours with family size/ages so I can get an idea of what I should be budgeting?

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I reserve $200 a month for schooling expenses and we spend around $300 a year getting new "supplies and books".. The $200 pays for gymnastic and piano lessons $100 the other $100 goes for materials entrence fees food ect we don't always use it though.
Its less money than I was spending when she was in Public school as well far less.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:34 AM   #3
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Re: HSing budget?

Thank you. I was wondering about adding extracurricular to the school budget too (ODD wants horse lessons, archery lessons, and dance lessons... she's not even 4, lol).
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At this point I probably spend $100 a year for schooling. ds1 is 5 and does kindegarten and first grade. I buy most of my books from Barnes and Nobles, who also has a 20% off discount for teachers (and this includes homeschoolers) and at ours I can also use my 15% off kids card. Then I make a binder for a month with printable worksheets, activities and we do "real life experiences" as well (which are free). Each month I re-do the binder with what we're doing for the month. For holidays and birthdays we buy things like Science kits and they are actually pretty cheap at Target and places like that.

At the moment I don't pay any money for extra curricular activities. We have free communal sports for elementary kids and the homeschooling group we're involved in also does free sports and feild trips. We will be doing music in a few years as well as some other things that we'll have to pay for and so we're looking at an extra $100 - $200 a year for that.
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Interesting that you should bring this up. I've been thinking about it as well. I'm going to look back and total what we've spent this year, add about $200 (we didn't start until June) and see what it looks like divided up monthly. Originally (before we started), I spent around $250 for all their books, but then I've bought school supplies, and we might be adding club volleyball ($350-$500) and competitive soccer ($250-$350) to the mix. I don't think we can foot those kind of bills in one month--we'll have to budget.
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Thanks guys! It seems like things varry a LOT from family to family. Keep the input coming!
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We spend about $500 a year. Im not including extra curricular activities. Because they would do them if they were in PS. But, we spend $200 a month on them.
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For us, the only thing required to home school is:
1. The Bible
2. A library card
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3. A Math curriculum

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Of course we spend $ on travel, museums, concerts, etc..
I think homeschooling can be extremely expensive or as simplistic as you want.
The library has soooo many resources for free! Ours even has Rosetta Stone!
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We spend a lot. We have 2 in highschool that use a full curriculum with textbooks $1200 this year.

Then 3 that are elementary age. We spent $800 on their full curriculums.

We budget $3000 for the school year. Books, extras and consumables.
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We spend a lot. We have 2 in highschool that use a full curriculum with textbooks $1200 this year.

Then 3 that are elementary age. We spent $800 on their full curriculums.

We budget $3000 for the school year. Books, extras and consumables.
I'm so worried about high school. It isn't the expense just teaching it in general. I am probably going to be pestering you non-stop in a couple of years.

I don't actually have a budget, I spend whatever needs spent when it needs spent. We are lucky that our most expensive extra curricular is free now. Dh is a partner at our TKD school so we don't pay to participate. It does come with the expense of practically living there many evenings though. So our current extra curricular expense is $10 a week for Tharen for derby. Our total curriculum had been free but this year I actually bought part of it (math for Kearnan plus an art book) and then wound up changing Tharen's curriculum and buying a ton of manipulatives that did cost a fair bit of money. Because I use Saxon for math and buy it used I rarely spend more than $20 total per year. Hake Grammar costs more but so far I've never spent more than $100 for a year of curriculum. We will see what happens as the kids get older.
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