One of the biggest questions I get asked is where do I get my curriculum. I think this is one of the scarier parts of homeschooling. Most of the time people are curious in the sense of who provides curriculum to homeschoolers. In NJ we have to purchase our own. That may vary in other states but that is how it is here.
There are many places to purchase and I will go over my favorites for you. Keep in mind you can always swap with a good friend. I've loaned out our science books on the years we were not using them.
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This is one of the best ways to get curriculum. By purchasing directly with the company you are establishing a record of what you have bought. If you have a problem many companies are willing to work with you resolving that issue. They often have nice sales a few times of year (free shipping, extra product or even a percentage off.)
This is usually my second place to shop. Why? They offer free shipping throughout the year. Books are heavy and this is a great way to save. They have a huge selection of products as well.
This is another company that has a huge selection. Usually if I can't find it at Christian Book, then Rainbow Resources has it. They also sell a lot of extra manipulative, art kits and supplemental stuff.
One of the best parts about going to a Homeschool Convention is getting to see all the product displays and actually touch the books. Most vendors offer great sales when you purchase on site too. I think this is my favorite way to shop only because being about to see the books in person has helped me make decisions on products I wanted to try. Sometimes it helped me not buy something I would regret.
Local resales are another great way to snag a deal! I bought all my Apologia Young Explorer science books for $10 each this way and now have the whole collection. Not only do you get a great deal but most of the times the mother's that have used the product before you can offer valuable tips you might not get anywhere else.
Facebook has many groups for buying and selling used curriculum. I'm in local ones, national ones and even brand specific ones. Of course there is some risk if your getting stuff shipped but I have had luck scoring to great Sonlight preschool sets for about a quarter of the price new!
I don't really shop at ebay anymore. I feel like it is outdated because the prices are just very high. I wanted to mention it because I know many people still do shop there and have success. I used to buy a lot off of there when we first got started so I'm sure there are deals still but I just caution you to ask the seller questions and make sure your getting what you expect. (No writing in the books, the correct edition.)
I still shop on amazon for many things. We do a lot of reading to the younger boys and I try to get many on thrift books or at the library but with Amazon Prime I do purchase quite a few as well. ( It is also a wonderful place to find games, school supplies and manipulative.)
I'm so thankful I found this site. I like to own all of our scheduled read alouds for the year for the convenience of having them on hand. Last year I was able to purchase many at a fraction of the original cost. It took time tracking them down and doing a price comparison but I saved a lot of money doing it. Most books are around $4 each and they offer excellent rewards to frequent buyers. (Use my link above and you'll get 15% off your first purchase!)
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