I am FINALLY done with not only making the decision of what to buy but the actual purchasing of those items as well. YAY! The 2015-2016 budget has been spent and now I am in the throes of PLANNING the aforementioned items so that I am not flying by the seat of my pants all year. Because that DOES NOT work for me. I have to have a plan. A loose plan, albeit, but a plan nonetheless.
This year’s budget was set at $1000 and I may end up going over a little. BUT, to my defense, the items that threw me over my budget are one time purchases that will last for years and be used on 7 children over the course of the next 18 years. So, I am calling the extra $150 justified. That is my story and I am sticking to it!
Remember that I am schooling FIVE children so don’t run away in complete terror if you are new to this homeschool thing. Also, a LARGE amount was spent on books for our home library. That amount could easily be eliminated by substituting library books if you are looking to save money. For us though, the extra money is worth it as I believe books are an investment. Also, the logistics of me getting to the library consistently only lasts a few weeks into a school year before I start procrastinating. Which leads to missing books I had planned. Which leads to having to rearrange a schedule. Which leads to making a new schedule. Which leads to headache. I am not a fan of unnecessary headaches.
Without further ado:
My Budget List:
(I have added links if you would like to take a look at the places I purchased these)
Amazon (literature, atlases, bibles, resource books): $269.14
Mystery of History (Ancient and Bible history) $50.56
Institute for Excellence in Writing (LA) $276.00
Math U See (math) $51.73
Christianbook.com (Spelling, Math) $206.86
Gravitas Publications (Science) $103.22
Yet to Purchase: Rosetta Stone:French: $200 (estimated)
Grand Total: $1157.51
$1157.51/5 kids = $231.50 per child
If you would like to see what exactly what I purchased at each website here is the curriculum haul video I made to show everyone what we got for our money.