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cost of homeschooling

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 3:14 AM
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If you're not going through the online public school,,,I plan on following a Catholic curriculum. How much do you pay for materials and curriculum Interested in a ballpak figure)? I imagine there are tax write offs. I;m in California. Is there a thread on the financial aspects? Please point me to it, ootherwise or in addition, I'd love to here your experience. Thanks!

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jen2150
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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You can spend very little or a lot.  I budget about $20 per week for books and supplies.  I don't buy a boxed curriculum.  I buy a lot of living books and very few textbooks.  I have two boys.  I also run a co-op so my cost covers expenses for that as well.  Honestly I have no clue but I would say maybe 1,000 per year.  I am pretty much buying books all year long.  I am so addicted to books it is not funny.

Rust.n.Gears
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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You can spend absolutely nothing or break the bank.

I have paid maybe $200 to homeschool 5 children for the past 6 years. I know people who have never bought a single thing and I know people who drop thousands each year.

We use our local public library, inter-library loans, free activities locally, shop sales, and buy used. I go most years without buying a single thing.

I do not count our Nooks or our Netflix in the equation because those were not purchased with the intent to use for homeschooling but yeah we do. Again I rarely buy books on the Nook since our library does e-reader loans and we borrow from friends.

AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Most of the full catholic programs (we're catholic too) cost between $400-$800 a year. Catholic Heritage Curriculum and Seton being the more moderately priced; Kolbe being a bit pricier as you get to the upper grades.

Our state allows no tax write offs for homeschool materials.

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TJandKarasMom
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM
We plan to spend very little, most of our expense will be field trips I think.

Most states don't offer tax write offs, since public education is offered for free to everyone there isn't really a discount for homeschool or private school. My state does offer some reimbursement if you qualify for a "scholarship" it's up to I think $600 a year, you could google California homeschool scholarship and see if you can't find anything.
BramblePatch
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM
I spent way too much last year, to be honest. About $600 per child (pre-k and K). This year, we will be utilizing the library ALOT more and using living books (because we found it works better than workbooks for us) and I anticipate about $200 per child.
Precious333
by Julia on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Hello, Im in CA too! We do a charter public school. However before that all i needed was basic supplies and we got a lot of hand me.down supplies from other homeschoolers. The library was a nice resource. We also do classical.conversations, and i tutored the class, so i didnt have to pay tuition for the classes (it is a homeschooling program).
bmw29
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:29 AM
I was planning out my curriculum for next year the other day and just for books it's going to be about $300. After adding in the classes he wants to take it will be about $800.

PS: There are no tax breaks for homeschooling.
mem82
by Platinum Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Gosh, maybe 200 bucks. 8)

mem82
by Platinum Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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I would suggest investing in a very good printer. There are so many resources on the Internet. 8)

mem82
by Platinum Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Let me find some of our threads talking about money. I will bump them up.

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