Homeschool curriculum can be expensive, but your family can save a lot of money by purchasing used curriculum. And, fortunately, there’s an abundance of places where you can find used curriculum at very reasonable prices.
Here are some of the places I’ve found affordable used homeschool curriculum:
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Facebook resale groups are usually the first place I look for used curriculum. There are many groups for buying and selling used curriculum, such as:
These are only a few of the more popular curriculum resale groups. If you do a quick search on Facebook, you will find many more. Just be aware, you’ll have better luck finding what you are looking for in one of the larger groups. Before buying or selling in a group, always read the group’s rules first. They can usually be found either in a pinned post or in the group’s description. Also, for your protection, conduct all transactions through PayPal. Never send money to someone you don’t know using PayPal’s “friends and family” option. Doing this allows the seller to avoid fees, but the buyer loses all protection. So, if the item never arrives or isn’t as described, you’ll lose your money. Instead, ask the seller to invoice you and send the funds as a payment for “goods or services.”
Ebay is another excellent place to look for used curriculum. Some items require bidding and the highest bidder wins the item. Others can be purchased immediately with the “Buy It Now” option. To increase your chances of winning an auction, don’t bid immediately. That will only drive the price up. Instead, watch the item and place your bid near the end of the auction. Be careful not to get caught up in the bidding competition and pay more than the item is worth. Also, be sure to check the sellers’ feedback score before purchasing or bidding on an item on Ebay.
I also often find used curriculum on Amazon. When purchasing items on Amazon from a third party seller, always check the seller’s feedback score. Look for sellers with a score in the high 90’s. These are the most reliable sellers. Also, carefully read the item’s description and check its condition.
Online Book Stores
Thrift Books offers a large selection of affordable used books. You, especially, don’t want to miss this online book store if you use a lot of living books and literature in your homeschool. Thrift Books offers free shipping on all orders over $10 and frequently has special sales. Thrift Books also has a loyalty program called Reading Rewards. Every purchase earns points towards free books. (Promotions are subject to change.)
Second Harvest is a small, family-owned curriculum resale business. Their well-organized online store is a good place to look for traditional textbook curriculum. Their prices are typically 25 to 75% less than new prices.
Homeschool Events and Curriculum Sales
Many homeschool organizations host annual curriculum sales. Sometimes these sales will be part of a homeschool convention or other event. While you’ll have to do some searching to find what you’re looking for, I’ve found that the prices at these sales are usually lower than buying curriculum online.
Local Used Book Stores
Some local used bookstores may carry homeschool curriculum. Even if they don’t have traditional textbook curriculum, they are still a good place to find living books, literature, and reference books. You will likely have better luck at used bookstores in larger cities or areas with a large number of homeschoolers.
Thrift Stores, Yard Sales, and Consignment Sales
Sometimes you may come across used homeschool curriculum for sale at thrift stores, yard sales, or consignment sales. You may not be able to find curriculum at one of these sales or stores very often, so it’s probably not worth making a special trip to look for curriculum. But, if you’re already there, take a stroll by the book table or aisle, and you might be pleasantly surprised. When thrift stores do have homeschool curriculum, it’s usually priced the same as their other books. One thrift store in my town recently had A Beka and Saxon textbooks priced at only ten cents each!
While you can save a lot of money purchasing used curriculum, using free curriculum will save your family even more. There are many sources of free curriculum online. FreedomHomeschooling.com lists all of the best, highest quality free curriculum available online, in one convenient location.