We're going to have Evan (grade 10) do a photography course for art this year. He's done drawing since the early years and is ready for something else. I'm still looking for a good book, will try Writer's Digest Book Club tomorrow a.m.
Cutting corners with homeschool is something I hate to do. I'm getting school supplies, other than textbooks, at bargain prices right now.
Some of the ways we've trimmed costs in the last year are:
- I make my own laundry soap and pay about $0.05 per load.
- I make my own fabric softener (which I LOVE) for about $0.05 a load also.
- I make 99% of our meals from scratch saving a bundle - haven't calculated it but I know it's a lot after talking to other moms who don't do this.
- I tend 3 garden plots and freeze/can/dehydrate everything I am able to. I know this accounts to a savings of many hundreds of dollars per year.
- We eat many slow cooker meals and casseroles, thereby cutting costs over the more pricey meat/potato/veggie/dessert dinners. Again, I don't have exact savings.
- I wash only full loads and fill the washer 1/2 with warm water and then finish it with cold. It's better than ice cold water and it saves energy.
- I make my own bath soap. I don't think this saves me more than a few dollars over Ivory soap, but I know for a fact that my soap is milder. Ivory tests at a 10 ph level whereby my soap has been consistently testing at a 7.
- I use generic foods and meds whenever possible. Sometimes they aren't too good and in that case, I don't buy them, opting for name brands instead.
- I coupon has much as I can.