how to put together your own homeschool curriculum on a budget

Want to know the best way to save money on homeschool curriculum?

This post is just for you.

Homeschooling curriculum can get pricey, but it doesn’t have to be.

Let’s discuss some easy ways to save money on homeschool curriculum.

Put together your own curriculum

Most homeschoolers consider themselves to be eclectic in their homeschool style. We enjoy choosing specific resources for each subject we teach our kids. We want to choose the right curriculum based on what our kids need to and want to learn.

One of the best ways to save money on homeschooling curriculum is to put together your own curriculum.

If you want to confidently put together your own curriculum, you can find my step-by-step method in my book, Choosing the Right Curriculum. It has action sheets for you to use year after year through your family’s homeschool experience. Release date: May 29, 2018

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The single best resource for putting together your own curriculum is Read my full review here.

TeacherFileBox is a collection of over 16,000 lessons and activities for grades PreK-8, and this is the cool part: You can access ALL grade levels and ALL subjects with ONE subscription!

Have a large family? You can find lessons for all grades from PreK-6 for $99/year. Where else can you homeschool ALL 8 grade levels for $99/year?

Inside TeacherFileBox, you can search for lessons by skill, subject, topic, and grade level. It is accessible with a monthly or annual subscription.

My favorite way to use TeacherFileBox is with their Browse by Title feature where I can access and print the individual lessons from each Evan-Moor title included in the subscription.

If you like their History Pockets, you can print out each lesson of ALL eleven History Pockets with a single subscription.

If your child finishes his math curriculum early, you can instantly start using the next grade level of math because it is already included in your subscription.

If your child needs extra practice, you have access to the entire series of Daily Practice books in all 8 subjects – along with multiple other activities to help her practice more.

TeacherFileBox is the most economical way to homeschool (and Evan-Moor’s quality is top-notch).


Shop online

Many publishers offer promotions thorough out the year. Be sure and check for any specials or promotions before you buy as some offers change weekly.

Put a reminder in your phone to check at certain times of the year – Black Friday, Teacher Appreciation Week (second week in May), and Back-to-School are popular times to offer big discounts.

Join the publisher’s community

When you find a publisher you like, be sure and sign up to receive their email newsletters. Companies like to keep you happy, so they try to send you the best offers.

Follow publishers on social media.

Many publishers have blogs that give you ideas how to get the most out of your products. You can typically find these on social media. It is also a great way to give a publisher feedback. They really are interested in what you have to say about their products.

Buy used curriculum

Obviously, buying used is one of the best ways to save money on your homeschool curriculum. You can shop for used homeschool curriculum. Ebay offers some good deals as well.

Your local homeschool co-op may organize a homeschool curriculum sale as well.

Buy new from Amazon Prime

If you have Amazon Prime, it can be one of the best ways to save money on homeschool curriculum – especially if you are buying a single title.

Amazon Prime usually saves me shipping from buying directly from the publisher, and I can get the homeschool curriculum book in about 2 days.

We also signed up for an Amazon Rewards Visa where we get 5% back on all of our purchases from Amazon and Whole Foods.


I have been using to get cash back when I shop at many department store, but they partner with publishers, too. My favorite publisher, Evan-Moor is one of them.

At the time of this post, is having a 15% cash back for all stores in honor of their 15th birthday.

Evan-Moor is offering 25% off orders in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week.

So, I can stack BOTH offers and save even more money on my homeschool curriculum for next year!

If you are new to, you can use my referral link to get $10 cash back when you spend $25.

You can refer friends to get cash back, too!

Now, it’s YOUR turn

What are your best ways to save money on a homeschool curriculum?

Let me know in the comments!

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