Even if you recently began homeschooling, you probably already know that curriculum costs money.
With the upcoming sale and convention season, you need to know how to save yourself from being overwhelmed and putting yourself over budget for your school books.
Local homeschool groups in my area have sales 1-2 times per year.
Everyone sets up tables in a large church foyer or gym, and with some luck we are able to sell most, if not everything, we brought, and make purchases for our own families while we’re there as well.
Local homeschool conferences and State level conventions are coming soon.
Whether you’re planning to attend a local used curriculum sale, or a large homeschooling conference, planning ahead will help you survive what may certainly become an overwhelming experience. As you walk through the hall with hundreds of other parents, and all of the books and kits and shiny cool manipulatives start to call out to you, you will be overcome.
You need a plan!
5 Tips for Surviving a Used (or ANY curriculum) Sale
1. Bring a LIST of everything you want to LOOK AT, and a list of everything you know for sure that you want to BUY.
2. Make note of how much each item costs NEW (from a catalog) so that you will know if you are actually getting a good deal. (Rainbow Resource has great prices and an AWESOME catalog.)
3. LEAVE your small children at home if possible. Strollers are hard to maneuver through crowds, among tables and boxes of books, and little ones LOVE to reach out and grab things down low! Kids are also sometimes part of the reason we go over budget. They want/beg and we buy to appease them due to the craziness around us.
Or worse, sometimes toddlers just TAKE and don’t tell. You discover 30 minutes later that the book he was looking at, which came from… somewhere over on the other side of the room… is still in his stroller and you don’t know who to return it to. This may have happened to me. Ahem.
4. USE YOUR LIST! I can’t stress this enough. Try to stick to your list. Don’t buy things for two years down the road. Your children’s interests will change; your desire to do certain things may change. Your kids’ interests may change.
5. BRING a bookbag, box, red wagon, teenager…. anything that will enable you to easily carry your load home. Actually, this is where a stroller may come in handy! Park it against a wall, off to the side of the action, and store your books as you shop.
I created a Curriculum Sale Survival Plan sheet for you to plan your next trip to a curriculum sale!
It will help you organize, stay focused, and stick to your budget! Just drop your email in the box and I’ll email it to you!