This post was updated September 17, 2013
Homeschooling is a priority in our family. My husband and I do whatever we can so that our children can stay home and learn with us. Simple living is our key to living and homeschooling on a very tight budget. We don’t drive fancy cars, live in a fancy house, or have all of the current high-tech gadgets and we are totally okay with that. We are living a simple and happy life with our children, honestly what could be better?
Even though we don’t have all of the fancy things in life we do have things and things cost money. Many of the ways that we save money due to simple living. We make many of the items we need and we often buy secondhand items. There are several ways that my family cuts corners so that we are able to live, and homeschool, on our tight budget.
The majority of our children’s clothing are used and they are totally fine with this. I find this is a great perk to homeschooling, they have no clue what the current fads or styles are. Alex and Ava get really excited for the annual clothes swap at a nearby church when we gather up some of their used clothes and go trade them in. We often find great clothes at thrift stores as well!
We cancelled cable in our house over a year ago (you read about that transition here). We subscribe to Netflix streaming and have Amazon Prime streaming. These both provide a wonderful selection of shows for everyone in the family. There are also awesome documentaries that we use for home learning. Cancelling cable saved us over $100 a month!
Home Learning Materials
We use limited amounts of traditional school books. When I do buy workbooks for teaching I make copies. Any workbooks that Alex has worked in I have made copies. I copy every page and put it in a binder for him, this way when Ava and Audrey come to this level I do not need to buy another workbook. If any of the workbooks are not a ‘fit’ for the girls I can easily resell the workbook (which I intend to do when they are done!).
We utilize the library and internet for the majority of our home learning. I cannot even imagine homeschooling without the resources that are available on the internet, most of them are free! Most of the books that line our bookshelves have been purchased used at thrift stores, online, or through homeschool groups.
Health Care & Hygiene
I use homeopathic remedies as often as I can. I think that they are better for our bodies and also cost less than the drugstore medications. I also make most of our hygiene products. My kids love to help make deodorant, lip balm, and sunscreen. Making our own health care and hygiene items is so much better for our bodies and saves us a ton of money!
Recently I started making many of these items in bulk to share with friends, give as gifts and I even sell them in my Etsy store. Every little bit helps!
I make most of our household cleaners. I make it in bulk and it saves a fortune! Making homemade cleaners is not difficult and is so much better for our health and the environment. Making homemade laundry detergent can be a science lesson as well!
We are continually making changes in our family to improve the foods that we eat. I purchase mostly organic…especially the dirty dozen. We also eat mostly real foods, we avoid processed boxed items and eat out very little. Making our own food saves us money and helps to keep us healthy. I bake our own bread, yogurt, snacks, and so much more. I buy many items, like brown rice and quinoa, in bulk. It takes a more time and preparation to prepare real foods but it is worth it!
Of course before I shop I hunt for coupons to use at the store. My favorite coupons sites are I Heart Publix and Common Kindness.
Well, we have not been so successful with this one but we keep trying! I am hoping that one day our garden will be productive, delicious, and save us a bundle!!
Simple living and cutting corners allows our family to live the life that we desire. I enjoy discovering and learning new ways to lower our expenses all of the time. I seek out new information on savings and I have a great network of friends that inspire me with new ideas constantly!
I look forward to discovering ways that you save money on household or homeschooling expenses…please leave a comment if you have any ideas!!