How to Save Money Feeding Your Family

How to Save Money Feeding Your Family from Vicki-Arnold.com

And no, this is not another gardening post. I will take the moment to say that growing your own food is the best money saving tip I have, but I’ve already covered that. So today we are talking strategies to feeding your family for $25 per person for a full week.

That equates to $3.57 per person, per day. To break it down even further, $1 per meal and $.57 for two snacks per person.

I’m just gonna tell you right now that this post is going to be long because I’m going to share a some general money saving strategies, a detailed menu plan with cost breakdown, a free meal planning packet, AND there is going to be a collection of resources known as a linky at the bottom. This linky will have other posts linked up because this post is part of the $100 Grocery Budget Challenge that was created in a blogging group I belong to called Inspired Bloggers Network.

$100 Grocery Budget Challenge Details

The challenge is to show that it is possible to feed a family on $25 per person per week. So $100 for a family of 4, $200 for a family of 8, etc. In our family, we have 6 to feed: 2 adults, 3 kids, and 1 toddler. My almost 10 year old son eats like an adult and we regularly have an extra preschooler.

Our typical grocery budget is actually $125/week, which is less than this challenge already for us ($150), BUT. Big but here. I usually go over that budget because we also have a Miscellaneous fund that I pull drive thru stops and meals out from. As well as any other dietary “splurge” purchases (think sweet treats). The challenge for me this pay period is to stick with the $150.

For reference sake, I’m supposed to tell you that we are in Indiana. And now, let’s get started.

How I Save Money While Grocery Shopping

Coupons are not a regular part of my grocery shopping, I just don’t have the time for them. I do use them when I come across them, I just don’t spend a lot of time hunting them down and clipping them.

And we don’t stockpile items for the most part. I do stock up when I visit certain stores, but we do not have large reserves of toothpaste, shampoo, and tooth brushes in our house.

  • Eat before I shop. I almost didn’t include this because it’s so basic, but I don’t do it approximately half the time so I apparently need the reminder. Grocery shopping while hungry = shopping with your stomach. And you want to shop with your brain. Your brain wants to save money, your stomach wants to eat.
  • Shop prepared. I am one of those people who dreads putting a meal plan together because I tend to dislike being told what to do…even if it’s my own plan telling me what to do. I would much rather prefer eating whatever I feel like it, when I feel like it. The problem with this is that is makes grocery shopping ridiculously expensive because you have to keep more things on hand to cook impulsively. However, taking the time to make a meal plan and a shopping list saves me time (and money) in the long run. I’ll share my meal planning strategy in the next section.
  • Bulk stores. We have a little specialty store in town. Folks around here call it a bulk store, but it’s not a REAL bulk store because the food comes pre-packaged (by the store workers), you don’t choose the amount you buy, but I digress. I buy things like oats (steel cut and old fashioned), specialty flours, and some spices here.
  • Independent discount stores. We have a little discount store run by the local Amish community that is about 45 minutes from my house. I usually make a trip once a month there. I buy things like granola bars, cereals, organic baby food pouches, and any other regular grocery items they happen to have. The items at this store are discounted because of dented boxes, torn labels, discontinuation, and past sale dates. We have occasionally picked up something that was stale (taco shells that cost me $.49) and something that just smelled off (a $1.20 bag of dried fruit) that we ended up pitching, but that has been a rare occurrence for us. I regularly buy outdated boxes of cereal for $1, boxes of organic granola bars for $1.25, and organic baby food pouches for $.39. The last trip I made, I bought a 12 roll pack of Scott 1,000 sheet toilet paper for $5. This is one store that I do stock up on whatever I can get when I do make the trek out.
  • Chain discount stores. There are two Ollie’s Bargain Outlets within 30 minutes of us. I recently discovered that I could also get organic granola bards for $1/box there, too! I already like to stop in here to check out their book selection so it’s not out of my way to walk across the store to see what grocery deals they have. My favorite score so far has been a $7.99 box of Larabar Alt protein bars, 15 bars! Big Lots also has grocery deals sometimes, but I am not in that store regularly.
  • Costco. I big puffy pink heart love Costco. We buy all sorts of things at Costco, like books, movies, clothes, batteries, printer paper, and the random awesome deals that show up. I drive almost 45 minutes every other week to go to Costco. That’s how much I love it. As far as groceries go, we buy organic broccoli florets, packages of bell peppers ($6 for 6), bags of frozen organic fruit for smoothies, butter, cheese, and much much more.
  • Manager’s Special & Clearance. I always look for these when I grocery shop. I know where they are in the local Krogers and can spot them in Meijer’s, too. It’s not dependable what you can find, but when you do find something, it’s usually quite the score. We like Larabars here. They are regularly on sale for $1, I found some on manager’s special once for $.75. Those quarters really do add up! I especially love when I find them on manager’s special and have a Swagbucks coupon to use on top of it. Score!

How I Meal Plan

Over the years, it’s changed. I’ve done the following:

  • Fly by the seat of my pants. We eat a lot of spaghetti and breakfast for dinners during these times. It gets old.
  • Detailed breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and treats for one week and two week intervals. I never stick to this.

Now, I do this. I come up with 7 dinners, 3-4 lunches, 3-4 breakfasts, and a handful of fruits, veggies, and other snacks. I put them on a piece of paper and then check them off as I use them. I make sure to mark if the meal is something special like a crockpot meal so that I don’t wait too long to start those. This seems to give me the balance of structure and flexibility that I need.

$100 Weekly Meal Plan

This is a sample of a $100 weekly meal plan for our home.

Breakfasts

  • Cereal – I buy these for $1-$2 per box. We will use 2-3 boxes per week plus a gallon of milk ($3 regularly priced, but regularly on sale for$2-$2.50 or free with other purchase promotions). We’ll overestimate to $9.
  • Eggs and toast – We have chickens that lay our eggs, which are not free because we do buy feed. However, it doesn’t come out of my grocery money and we don’t calculate the per egg cost. We are also often given day old bread from a bakery, which I freeze and we use as needed. The eggs I buy in the winter when our hens aren’t laying cost $2.50 per dozen. My husband eats 2 eggs for breakfast every morning and we will eat a batch of 6-8 scrambled eggs once or twice a week. So I will figure the cost for this at $7.50 for the eggs (3 dozen) and $2 for two loaves of store brand bread, for a total of $9.50 for the week.
  • Oatmeal – I buy this for $.79/lb. at the local bulk food store. A $3 bag lasts us well beyond a week because we don’t eat it frequently. I like to add cinnamon, a little sugar, and raisins. I buy our raisins from Costco, 2 – 36 oz bags for approximately $8. For a week’s worth of oatmeal we might use 1/4 of a bag, roughly $1. Sugar is bought from Costco as well, a 10 pound bag of organic evaporated cane sugar is $10. I use 1/4 cup for 6 cups of cooked oatmeal. I’m going to overestimate the sugar cost to $1 for the week. Total weekly+ cost $5.

Lunches

  • Leftovers – We eat a lot of leftovers for lunch. My husband takes them every day to work and we often have them at home. Cost = $0.
  • Pancakes – Sometimes we do bigger, more time consuming breakfast recipes for lunch. Pancakes and french toast are popular choices. I’ll use the 6 eggs left from the 3 dozen accounted for in our breakfasts for this. That gives me two lunches with a triple batch of pancakes. We often add chocolate chips to ours, but plain are just as yummy if I don’t have chocolate chips on hand (like now). I buy syrup from Costco, $6 for 2 huge bottles that last us months (obviously not real maple syrup). Flour and olive oil also bought at Costco. Baking powder is $2 for a can at Kroger. I buy Redmond Real Salt from Azure Standard. I used this article to help me estimate the cost, we make standard pancakes. Cost = $3.60 to have them twice in a week.
  • Sandwiches – Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches make an appearance in our diet roughly once a week. The peanut butter we use is $6/jar because it is SO worth it. Jelly is either home canned, $1 jars from the discount store, or $4 quart jars from Costco. We never use a whole jar of either peanut butter or jelly, I’ll call it 1/3 because sometimes we do put jelly on our toast in the morning. Cost: $3.

Snacks

  • Granola bars – These are the $1-$1.25 boxes from discount stores. With the average of 6 in a box, the cost per bar is $.21. The kids are allowed 1-2 per day, depending on the day’s activities and other factors (some days they are simply more hungry). I will figure 5 boxes at $1.25 each. Cost = $6.25.
  • Apples and bananas – A bag of apples and 3 bunches of bananas. Cost = $6.
  • Chips and salsa – Cost is counted with a dinner below because we have about half of what I buy for the meal left. Cost = $0.

Dinners

  • Beef and Bean Dip – This has beans ($2 for dry), diced tomatoes ($1), ground beef ($4), onions ($1), and spices (nominal). We buy a big bag of tortilla chips from Costco for $5 and will use it for this meal, as a side with tacos, and as a snack. This makes lots of leftovers, I’ll share a detailed breakdown with a recipe in the future. Cost = $13.
  • Spaghetti – My marinara sauce costs less than $7 for an 8-quart stock pot full. And it smells delicious as it simmers, too. We use 1/4 of that for a meal (freeze the extra), plus 2 boxes of spaghetti ($2). Cost = $4.
  • Pizza – I’ll use another 1/4 of the marinara sauce here (less than $2). I buy mozzarella cheese pre-shredded from Costco, $12 for a 5 pound bag. I don’t think we use 1/4 of the package, but I’ve never actually measured how much we do use ($3). We top our pizza with pepperoni ($3/package that we don’t fully use in one week), pineapple tidbits ($1), bell peppers ($2), and any variety of items we have left from other meals like onions, mushrooms, etc. I home make our pizza dough in my Kitchenaid mixer (estimating based on this to $1). This makes us 2 large pizzas, usually enough for leftovers. We pair this with home canned green beans ($0). Cost = $12.
  • Loaded Baked Potatoes – We actually successfully grew potatoes in our garden this year! But for the sake of this, I’ll estimate the cost of a 5 pound bag ($2 on sale regularly). We top our baked potatoes with sour cream ($1 on sale), cheddar cheese (bought at Costco, shredded at home for $8 for a two pound block of Tillamook medium cheddar, cost for this meal’s worth is $3), sauteed broccoli ($2), and bacon (Coleman’s uncured, $12 for 3 packages at Costco, $4). Cost = $12.
  • Tacos – We brown up 2 pounds of ground beef with an onion ($6). Other parts to this meal – taco shells ($1), tortilla shells ($1), salsa ($5 from Costco, see snacks), lettuce ($1), cheese ($3), sour cream ($1), and jalapenos ($3 for a jar that lasts us a few meals). Total cost = $21.
  • Veggie Stew – This is a pretty cheap meal to put together. I home make our chicken broth (so super easy) and will pair that with a can of tomato juice ($3) for the base. Then I add in a bunch of celery ($1), carrots ($1’s worth), a couple potatoes ($1), a turnip or two ($1), and an onion ($1). Then, voila! I have an 8-quart pot of stew. I’ll even toss in leftover corn, frozen green beans, and other veggies that I have leftover from other meals into the pot for a different soup each time. Total cost = $8.
  • White Chili – This is from one of the Fix It and Forget It cookbooks. It costs $10 for a large crockpot full.

And there you have it, a meal plan that will feed my family of 6 for a full 7 days for a total of $122.35.

Free Meal Planning Pages

I made a set of meal planning pages for you. There are two weekly meal plan pages, a page for shopping lists, and coordinating recipe cards.

Free Meal Planning Pages from Vicki-Arnold.com

Download yours today!

$100 Grocery Challenge Links

$100 Grocery Challenge

Below you will find more tips, tricks, and helps for saving money feeding your family.

Share your tips in the comments!

Free & Frugal Gift Ideas That Work for Anyone + 3 Bonus Gift Guides

Free & Frugal Gift Ideas that Work for Anyone! Plus 3 bonus guides for more free & frugal ideas.

This holiday season is bound to be busy for you. You are also bound to run across some advertising that will try to convince you that you need to spend a lot of money to make it great. And I have no problem with spending money to buy special gifts for the special people in your life. In fact, I quite enjoy shopping for gifts for others, whether Christmas, birthdays, or just because.

However, I know most people are in the same boat as us and have a budget that they need to stretch as far as they can. It was that thought process that brought me to today’s post, which is a list of ideas for free and frugal gift ideas that will work for anyone. Plus, I have an added little bonus for you at the end so keep reading.

Gifts of Service Rock

Teaching my children to serve well is a big goal of mine. I believe it combats a sense of entitlement and can help curb pity parties. 😉 Here is a list of ways you and your child can offer the gift of service this holiday season:

  • Take someone to do their holiday shopping. Maybe you know someone who’s mobility is limited right now and could use a lift to pick out gifts for someone that normally takes them on their errands.
  • Volunteer with someone. Do you have a family member who is passionate about a certain community project or ministry? Set aside time to volunteer with that family member.
  • Clean something for somebody. Take a day to help someone get their house cleaned and decorated for the holidays. Be sure to come back and help them take it down after the holidays are over.
  • Help someone with fall or winter jobs. Perhaps you know an elderly person who could use their sidewalk shoveled when it snows or leaves raked so they don’t fall when it’s wet. Gutters need cleaned this time of year. Outdoor lightbulbs need changed so they can see better.
  • Cook someone dinner. It’s a busy time of the year, most people would appreciate a meal. And some people are just flat out hungry. Feeding someone feeds more than their stomach.
  • Contact a nursing home and see if there is a resident you can “adopt” for the holiday (consider doing this year-round).

And, as my husband reminded me as we talked about this post, if you are going to do an act of service for someone, do it well. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” – Colossians 3:23

Get Crafty with Your Bad Self

This one is my daughter’s absolute favorite. She loves, loves, loves to make things for people. In fact, she has already started on her homemade gifts this year. This one will depend on your skills and talents, of course. The frugal part will also depend on your available supplies, so that is relative.

For example, you may not have 5 18-gallon totes of fabric in your basement to work with so sewing something might not be a good option for you. But you may have a huge collection of rubber stamps and cards at your disposal. I know how you paper crafters are, I studied to become one a few years ago. Have I mentioned I have pack-rat tendencies?

Pinterest is a crafter’s best friend. Here are a few boards to get your “I can make that!” creative juices flowing:

  • DIY :: Christmas – This is my Christmas board that I pin decoration ideas to. Some are great for kids. All would make great gifts for the right person.
  • DIY :: Gifts – These are the projects that are just looking for gift wrapping and the right receiver. Things like decorating golf balls, DIY gift bags, lip balm, and key chains.
  • DIY :: Sewing Stuff – You know I love me some sewing tutorials. This is the Pinterest board I use to curate all the loveliness I find. You can also check out the tutorial round-ups I did for little girl’s dresses, women’s dresses, skirts, and maternity for more ideas.
  • DIY :: Cardmaking Craftiness – And finally, inspiration for the perfect card. Create on of these beauties and then fill it with words that bless the socks off your recipient.

Everybody’s Got to Eat

I think this is everyone’s most and least favorite part of the holiday season. The FOOD. Oh, the decadence. It’s the time of year that I make Oreo cheesecakes for me…whoops, um, I mean my family.

Here’s the thing, make your gift stand out and make it good for your gift receiver. Not so good for you that it tastes like cardboard, but something that truly nourishes a body. Have I lost you? Try these ideas:

  • A fruit bouquet or basket
  • Hearty soups or chilies to put in their freezer
  • Homemade bread dough (again, for the freezer)
  • A basket of home canned veggies – Have a surplus of canned green beans? Well, put it in a pretty package and share them with someone who understands the value of home grown food. Hopefully you know someone like that.

Memories on the Corner of My Mind

Participate in family traditions. Start some new ones. Go out of the way to include people you don’t get to see very often or those who are hurting and lonely. This time of the year is hard for a lot of people, help ease that for someone.

  • Go see a free concert together.
  • Go see a Christmas display or Christmas lights.
  • Bake cookies with someone and then deliver them to a nursing home.
  • Go Christmas caroling.

Gift Ideas from Other Awesome Bloggers

And now, your bonus! A few awesome bloggers partnered with me for this and have their own posts focusing on the free and frugal gift options this season. You should definitely check their posts out:

Sales, Deals, and Steals {Awesome Affiliate Alert}

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It’s time for another round of Awesome Affiliate Sale Alerts! We have a pretty good selection here today. So if you are looking for a gift, you just might catch a break for your Christmas budget. 😉

These deals are good when I publish this post, but most do expire and/or are subject to change at a moment’s notice (ahem, Amazon). Please be sure to double check pricing before you purchase!

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Giveaways

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Teach Them Diligently 2014 – Early Bird Discount & Bonus Savings

Early bird discount AND a discount code for Teach Them Diligently 2014

Teach Them Diligently Conventions

Note: I am an affiliate of Teach Them Diligently.

This past May, I had the privilege of attending Teach Them Diligently‘s Nashville regional convention. Our family had a great time. We were greatly energized by hearing the speakers encouraging homeschool families to put discipleship first, stand firm on truth, and trust God to lead our homeschools.

In 2014, Teach Them Diligently is growing. In addition to the three regional conferences in Nashville, Spartanburg, and Dallas, there is a national conference in Washington, D.C! If you’ve ever wanted to take a family field trip to our nation’s capital, next May would be a GREAT time to do so.

2014 Teach Them Diligently Speakers

In addition to the locations, Teach Them Diligently has announced some of the speakers for the 2014 conference season. These include Ken Ham, Mark Hamby, Todd Friel, Rachael Carmen, Voddie Baucham, and Carol Barnier.

We sat in on some of Ken Ham’s sessions last time and highly recommend hearing his message if at all possible. Our kids loved the dinosaur session (we did, too!). We also enjoyed speaking briefly with Mr. Ham after the session. Well, my husband did, I was containing our newly mobile little guy out of the way.

Teach Them Diligently Pricing

Right now you can register for Teach Them Diligently for $45 for the whole family! Regular price is $75, a $30 savings for planning ahead.

AND! I have a discount code for you!

You can save an additional $9 with the code TTD9OFF through October 6th!

That means for $36, your whole family can enjoy a homeschool convention unlike any other. There are other options available, like the children’s program and men’s breakfast, too.

So tell me…

Which location are you registering for?

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Awesome Affiliate Sales Alert #3 – (September 2013)

Awesome Affiliate Sales Alert #3 - Crazy 8, Amazon, and Zulily!

Another round of awesome affiliate sales coming your way. Today, I have Crazy 8, Amazon, and Zulily

Note: These links are affiliate links.

Crazy 8

This store is so awesome. Currently, they have multiple sales going on (and you can take advantage of all of them online):

Amazon Deals

Amazon’s deals change at a moment’s notice, so be sure to check the prices before you check out. Also, if you plan to do a lot of holiday shopping on Amazon, start considering a Prime account. You get free 2-day shipping, plus free video streaming and other perks. You can get a free 30-day trial to check it out.

Liberty’s Kids complete series is just $6.49 and it is eligible for Prime shipping!

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Zulily

Zulily has some great events going on.

eBook Bundle of the Week

This week’s bundle will help you get ready for Christmas. Get all 5 books for $7.40!

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Awesome Affiliate Sales Alert #2 (September 2013)

Awesome Affiliate Sales Alert #2 - Citrus Lane, Lego, and Zulily

The next round of awesome affiliate sales and deals! Remember, all these links are affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosure policy.

Citrus Lane

I recently decided to give these little boxes a try when Swagbucks had a special offer to get a free box. I will probably review them in the future. If you would like to try them out for yourself, you can save $10 off any subscription by using this link.

Lego

Lego runs free shipping on orders of $75 or more all the time. So if you have a couple items on your list, be sure to get them all in the same order to save there. Also happening this month:

  • free Lego mini Volkswagon T1 camper van with $75 purchase
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Both are while supplies last.

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Zulily

Oh, heavens, Zulily has the CUTEST sale starting today for AnnLoren. You can save up to 50% off adorable girls clothes and matching 18″ doll clothes!

Other Zulily event happening now:

Stride Rite is coming Wednesday!

Bundle of the Week

This week’s ebook bundle is all about preschool! Starts at 8:00 today!

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Awesome Affiliate Sale Alert #1

Awesome affiliate sales alert #1 - children's clothes

Awesome Affiliate Sales Alert!

I am excited to start a new feature here on the blog. Just about every family I know loves saving money. We may occasionally dream about the day when we don’t need to watch our pennies so closely, but then the laughter of our bank accounts then reminds us that we need to return to reality.

Or is it just me?

I’m not making any promises about the regularity of these posts because, frankly I don’t know when these deals will be good enough for me to dedicate the time it takes to put a post together and then make sure you all see it. Things like algorithms and other nonsense make it difficult to make sure you all see my posts.

So if you are particularly interested in these alerts, be sure to sign up to get blog posts directly in your email box. The sign up form is on the top right of the blog. Over there —>

Well, maybe I lied. I will make you this promise, I will not be writing these more than once a week. Even that is kind of iffy. I’m not interested in turning this blog into one big advertisement, that does not fit with the purpose of the blog.

This feature will, however, help support the costs of this blog and, maybe one day, our homeschool budget. If you are wondering how that works, I wrote a post explaining affiliate links (which are what I will be using in these posts).

How’s that for an introduction? Without further ado, here are the two sales that prompted me to go ahead and start this idea I had rolling around in my head…

Gymboree

Gymboree is having a FANTASTIC sale through this weekend. You can save 30% off regularly priced items and 40% off already reduced priced items! Sale ends 9/2/12.

We are headed into Gymboree shopping season for me. They run awesome holiday sales and it is typically the only time of the year I shop there. I am a clearance rack queen! Bonus points for when I have a coupon to stack on top of the sales.

Crazy 8

$12.99 & Under Crazy 8 Sale! This is one of my favorite sales! Everything in the store is $12.99 or less. This includes shoes, jackets, and the other items that tend to run pricier. I couldn’t find an end date on the site, but I’m guessing that it is 9/2/13 for Labor Day.

Zulily

Zulily is a special deal site. Companies run limited inventory sales that range from good to awesome. Typically the sales run for 3 days.

Currently there are a lot of back to school sales for clothes, shoes, and learning resources.

Websites Frugal Homeschoolers Need

Websites frugal homeschoolers need to know about.

Homeschool mamas are probably some of the most frugal people I know. Our budgets are usually limited, so we are always looking for great deals. Recently I shared some frugal websites for online shoppers. As I was putting that together, I realized I knew of several that were homeschool specific. And voila! A post was born.

Here is your friendly notice, I use affiliate links on my blog. Not every link is one, but I am required to tell you that I do use them. Confused? Read my post, Blog 101: What are Affiliate Links? for more information.

Now, onto the websites for frugal homeschoolers.

Websites for Saving Money on Homeschool Curriculum

  • Amazon :: Amazon is often the first place I look to find various books. You can find books, workbooks, CDs, DVDs, and ebooks. There is also a section on the site called Amazon Gold Box Deals where I have found especially great deals on things like art supplies and electronics (like a sewing machine). If you use Amazon more than a few times each month, consider investing in a Prime membership. You get free 2-day shipping, access to movies and videos via streaming, and you can borrow certain ebooks on your Kindle for free. The shipping savings is enough to make it worth it for our homeschool.
  • Homeschool Classifieds :: Like the classified section of your newspaper, but online and only homeshool curriculum and related items. I’ve bought and sold on this site with great success.
  • Facebook :: Seriously. There are Facebook groups for buying, selling, and trading homeschool curriculum. What I like about this is that you can see the items before buying. You can also find Facebook groups for homeschool related freebies and frugal tips geared specifically for homeschool families. You can find groups for specific curriculums, life circumstances, and faith beliefs. Here are two to get you started: Homeschool Deals and Freebies and Affording the Homeschool Life.
  • Half.com :: This site is owned by eBay, but is not an auction site. It is very similar to buying used books on Amazon.
  • Half-Priced Books :: I recently found this section of the HPB website, you might find what you are looking for there. Personally, I prefer their physical clearance sections. I have found many awesome deals there over the years. Just the other day we picked up six American Girl books for $1 each.
  • Miller Pads and Paper :: Maybe I am the last homeschooler to have discovered this place, but man am I glad to have found them at the homeschool convention in April. I missed out getting to see them in Nashville at Teach Them Diligently. Nevertheless, they have excellent prices on notebooks, sketchpads, and the like.
  • Rainbow Resource Center :: Discount Prices on many popular curriculum items.
  • Hearts At Home Curriculum :: A discount store with most popular homeschool curricula available. Best pricing I’ve found so far on A Reason For Handwriting workbooks.

Websites for Finding Free Homeschool Resources

Free Homeschool Deals :: Free resources for just about everything you could possibly need relating to homeschooling.

Bible Based Homeschooling {on a Budget} :: Find free biblical homeschooling resources.

Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies :: Weekly giveaways and subscriber only freebies.

CurrClick :: You can find all sorts of things available here. There are also freebies offered with coupon codes to watch for.

Topic Specific Resources for Frugal Homeschoolers

Free Kindle Books for Kids :: Ben and Me – There are a LOT of classic, living books here. This is a great resource for Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers.

iEducation – Free Apps for Homeschooling :: Ben and Me – Marcy has just about every subject covered here.

Learning Photography in Your Homeschool for Free :: My first post at Free Homeschool Deals. If you have a student interested in photography, but the subject intimidates you, check it out.

Free and Frugal Ways to Learn Art in Your Homescool :: I covered art basics, drawing tutorials, painting tutorials, pastel tutorials, and more in this Free Homeschool Deals post.

Free and Frugal Resources to Teach Composer Study :: This post pairs well with my huge list of books for composer study. Yes, I compiled both. No, I’m not bragging, just want to bless as many people as possible with my work. Seriously.

What would you add to the list?

Tell me in the comments below, but first sign up for the homeschool newsletter I have launching in July. Trust me, frugal homeschoolers will NOT want to miss this!