The Frugal Girls

by Natalie Nichols
(Timnath, CO, USA)

I am a stay at home mom and I have homeschooled in the past and then my kids decided to go back to public schools. My 12 year old 7th grader recently decided he wanted to be a homeschooler again. I have never taught anything past the early years so I was quite concerned about coming up with supplies in a hurry and saving money and cutting corners in all other aspects of my daily life so that I can afford to properly educate my son. I wanted to try to find out if I would qualify for any discounts as a homeschooling mom. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a wonderful website had already put together a list, complete with helpful links, of available discounts. lists discounts on everything from homeschool curriculum sites to clothes to office supplies to computers to crafts. Most of the companies which offer discounts require proof of compliance with the state requirements for homeschooling and a photo ID. Since most of us are foregoing a second income in order to educate our children we typically will need to take advantage of any discount opportunities we can get our hands on.

I have been extremely impressed by the detail that The Frugal Girls site went through to thoroughly explain each discount offered and the fact that they showed me exactly where to go to apply for the discount. All of the other sites I found left me on my own trying to compile a list and wasting lots of time. The
best part of the site was that it has helped me save money in many other ways by offering instructions to make my own crafts and recipes. Their site motto reflected the way I choose to live my own life and I think that it would be beneficial for other homeschoolers: "living well with less $$$". Once my Kindergartener and 2nd grader find out that big brother is homeschooling and I have to span my curriculum across the ages, the discounts are really going to be needed. I am just hoping to get my 7th grader more caught up and confident in his math skills before I have to take on the whole clan. I will be using the 20% discount at Barnes & Noble tomorrow for some math skills workbooks! I hope this helps everyone!

Excellent post! Thanks for The Frugal Girls review, Natalie! I appreciate the time you took to share your story and help others. Your post will be very helpful to those who are looking to save money. One thing I would like to add - not all companies that offer teacher discounts, include home educators (many do, but not all). You will find a growing list of homeschool-friendly companies on our homeschool discount page. If you have any discounts to add, please let me know. I will definitely include them to help all homeschooling families. Thanks again - it looks like your free homeschool photo id cards will come in handy! Blessings, Heather :)

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