With six school-aged kids I buy a lot of curriculum. Even though I am able to reuse some of our books I still end up buying books every year. One way I am able to stay within our homeschool budget is to buy many of our books used. Here are a few of my favorite used curriculum sources.
Used Curriculum Sales
Many homeschool conventions have a used curriculum sale. The deals can be so good at these sales it is worth the registration price. Many conventions allow you to buy a shopping only pass which gives you access to the sale. Check your state homeschool convention to see if they host a used curriculum sale.
I realize not every town has a homeschool bookstore, but I’ve been fortunate enough to live near two of them. Many homeschool bookstores sell used curriculum and will sell yours too. This is a great way to earn extra money to spend on books!
You can buy used textbooks through Amazon.com and the prices are reasonable. Enjoy the convenience of Amazon with lower prices. Buying used books on Amazon is also a great way to build your homeschool library for less.
For a while Ebay banned the sale of teacher’s editions, but it appears this ban has been removed. Depending on what you are looking for, ebay prices can be dirt cheap, just remember to buy from a reputable seller. Don’t forget you can click through Ebates to earn cash back on your Ebay purchases.
VegSource was one of the earlier homeschool sites on the web and they still have a very active used curriculum board. I haven’t used the site in years to buy curriculum, but it looks like it is still going strong.
I love library book sales because the prices are so good and you can find books that are out of print. Usually the books are a little worn due to many years on the library shelves but they are often sold for a quarter!
Books at yard sales are usually priced at five or ten cents. If you find the right sale (preferably one in a kid friendly neighborhood) you can really hit the jackpot! I’ve found numerous history and science books at yard sales over the years.
What are your favorite used curriculum resources?
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