3 Ways to Save Big on Homeschool Curriculum During Back to School

Homeschoolers are some of the most dedicated people I know. And that means that they want the best for their kids when it comes to curriculum -- even at a price!  But who wants to spend more money than they have to on books, especially when you have as many kids as we do to educate?  That's why I always tell parents to take them time when purchasing books for the upcoming school year and try to get the best price possible.

Here are my favorite ways to save:

1. Ask around. You'd be surprised as to who, in your homeschool social groups, have used and no longer need the exact same book you're looking for!  Many times, they will just give you the book (especially if their kids are all grown); at the minimum, they'll give you a garage-sale price if you ask nicely.

2. Combine classes.  My 2nd and 3rd graders have been teaming up on most subjects since they started school.  This just makes sense, because much of the first 3 months of any new school year is just review of the last year!  Save time -- and money -- and have your adjoining graders share a class (and resources) by buying just one teacher's manual and instructing them together.  You can always buy extra workbooks with more challenging practice problems for you more advanced student.

3. Shop smart. Whether you choose to buy used or new, there are dozens of places online to get your curriculum from.  Never buy from the first place you see -- always price compare!  And use Giving Assistant to save even more money!

How? Let's say you wanted to pick up a history book at Barnes & Noble.  By shopping through Giving Assistant, you'll find out all about the latest savings codes, coupons, free shipping offers, and more.  You'll also be able to earn up to 5% back on your purchases!  That means more money in your pocket for additional school costs -- like calculators, field trip admissions, and guitar lessons.

This savings tactic works on a variety of top stores, including Staples!  When you do you low-price shopping for tablets and computer gear, you can snag a few practice workbooks and sketch pads, too. (Just be sure to shop through Giving Assistant for that extra savings.)

Giving Assistant gives registered shoppers up to 5% back on their purchases --  more than most sites -- and donates that money to charity when a non-registered shopper uses them.  That's a pretty cool way to make sure you save and people are helped every day! (And you can cash out at just $1 earned.)

How much will you save on homeschool books this year?

*This post was written in partnership with Giving Assistant. Opinions are our own.