How to Homeschool on a Budget (Using Cheap & FREE Resources)

Last Updated on January 26, 2024 by Gabby Hatten

For many families, there are obstacles in the way of their homeschooling journey. One of the biggest obstacles I see is the money aspect. Many people assume homeschooling is super expensive, but it’s not! You can truly make it work on whatever budget you have. Quality education does not have to cost a lot of money. Today, I want to dive in to how to homeschool on a budget using cheap and free (yes free) resources!

Free Homeschool Resources

If you’re on a very tight budget, and your child is in K-8, The Good & The Beautiful curriculum offers their language arts books for FREE to download! Yes, their entire language arts course work, completely free. All you need is paper and a printer! This is a great way to start with highly recommended, free books. We personally used this great curriculum last year for kindergarten. It is so easy to follow and a great beginner program for new homeschool moms or dads! While the Good & Beautiful is the only free homeschool curriculum I can personally speak on and used for my children, I do want to include a list of a few online classes I was able to find for you all to check out!

  • Khan AcademyI actually used this myself for math help in high school
  • cK12  
  • Connections Academy this is a public, online school. if you have a problem with public school curriculum this may not be for you

Depending on your location, your local library is a great place to utilize for learning activities and events for socialization. I also know many homeschool families who participate in a homeschool co-op. Depending on location, these are often free and a good option. 

Hatten Homestead’s Freebie Library

I recently created a library filled with free digital downloads for my subscribers. Pre-k workbooks and worksheets, extracurricular activities, field trips, and so much more is being added weekly! Click here to gain access and make the most out of your school year!

Cheap Resources

You want to make the most of your homeschooling budget, and while you were able to utilize the free resources mentioned, you’re looking for a bit more without spending too much money.  Let me introduce you to one of my favorite sites ever… Teachers Pay Teachers! It is your one stop shop for worksheets and so much more. There are so many options at every single price point you are sure to ind what you need for the price you need. Another great place to find affordable course work and lesson plans is Etsy.

Tax Credit 

This is going to be state specific, but there are a good amount of states that offer tax credits for homeschoolers, as well as grants for homeschool expenses. Just google your state + homeschool credit. I’m only going to speak on North Carolina, as that is where I live.

North Carolina is one of the states that offers zip for homeschooling families. That aside, it is still a great state to homeschool in as the requirements are very easy! Senate Bill 297 was introduced in 2021, its purpose is to provide homeschooling families with a $1000 tax credit per eligible child, applied to state taxes and nonrefundable. However, there has been no movement on it as of March 2021. 

Find Your Homeschooling Friends

Simple ways homeschool parents can cut down the cost of homeschooling is to find or create a local co-op via social media! I promise if you type your city/county homeschool on Facebook, you’re going to find groups filled with families in the same position as you! The groups in my area often run polls to pick a field trip location and then the organizer sets it up and gets a discount for everyone! If your area is lacking this, maybe you can be the one to step up and make it happen. 

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Gabby Hatten
Gabby Hatten
Hello there, I'm Gabby! I am a mother of three, married to my wonderful husband Marco, and I have a deep passion for simple living, vintage homes, and cooking everything from scratch! Although I grew up in Las Vegas, my husband's military service brought us to the east coast, where we have now made coastal North Carolina our home. While I didn't grow up on a farm, I have always been fascinated by that lifestyle and have dedicated my adult life to learning and embracing those skills, which I am excited to share with all of you!

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