When you first consider homeschooling your children you probably don’t want to invest a lot of money. These tips for How To Homeschool For Free are tried and true options that many of my friends who homeschool have used for years. You can easily provide education at home without spending a ton of money out of pocket.
How To Homeschool For Free
Take advantage of the online free curriculum: There are tons of great options online for totally free curriculum. In fact, if you want to learn how to homeschool for free, this is the number one suggestion. You can truly find almost everything you need online already.
Some great options for starting:
- Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool is a complete homeschool curriculum sorted by grade
- Donna Young Charlotte Mason Style Learning
- Notebooking Fairy for lap book and note booking unit study
- Teachers Pay Teachers for free printables and lesson plans (this site has many paid options as well)
- Kahn Academy for great math drills, computer programming, science, history, and art videos and reviews
Utilize local homeschool groups: One of the best local resources it to get in touch with your local homeschool groups. Most communities have at least one group that meets together for playtime, field trips, and even co-op teaching arrangements. Search on Google for your local county, city, and state homeschool groups, as well as looking on Facebook or even LinkedIn. These are great places to connect with others that are homeschooling in your community.
Visit your library regularly: Check with your local library for any homeschool programs that they have on their calendar. You will also find that using the library for books, research, and time out of the house is a valuable part of homeschooling. The library is going to be a huge resource for your family when homeschooling. The possibilities are endless.
Attend book swaps: Many local homeschool groups offer book swaps each year for families to swap out resources they no longer need for items they will use the next school year. You can also look into places like your library, local schools, and even used bookstores for book swaps or ways to earn credit to “buy” books for cheap or free to use in your classroom.
Create your own curriculum: If you find that your child does better with one thing than another, you can make your own curriculum. It is easy to create word searches, review sheets, and even to simply pull out books on subjects to create a unit study for your kids to go through. Creating your own curriculum is a great way to use these tips for how to homeschool for free!
Whether you are just trying to get started with how to homeschool or you are a veteran homeschooler trying to cut your budget, this is a great place to begin.
I love partnering with other bloggers so I can bring more treats to give away! Here is one that seems perfect for this time of year as steam cleaning helps kill all those nasty germs that seem to rotate through our homes in winter and make us sick. I have literally been hacking for two weeks now and sound like a troll…
Get the most out of this chemical free multi-purpose steamer by using the attachments to disinfect and clean floors, stovetops, ovens, kitchen counter tops, bathroom fixtures and barbecue grills. The SteamMachine leaves behind no chemical residue and kills 99% of all germs and bacteria including; e-coli, salmonella, and staph. Use the steam mop to disinfect your hard floor surfaces; such as tile, vinyl and linoleum. The high pressurized steam blasts the surface and the cleaning pad wipes the surface clean. The SteamMachine canister comes equipped with two wheels to move with you as you clean. The SteamMachine uses pressurized, high temperature, steam to loosen and dissolve dirt, grease, grime and kill bacteria. 8 Piece accessory pack included with this model SteamMachine. Easy to use, just add water! Want to learn more, check out Budget Earth’s SteamMachine Review here!
Would you like the chance to win this awesome steamer for yourself? Budget Earth and some of their favorite bloggers are excited to be working with HomeRight on this fantastic giveaway! One lucky reader will win an Homeright SteamMachine Model 53(MSRP: $149.99). To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the giveaway form!
Steaming the Mess Away Giveaway
- One lucky reader will win an HomeRight SteamMachine Model 53.
- Open to the US ONLY.
- Winners will be chosen at random using Random.org.
- Sweepstakes ends March 19th at 11:59pm ET.
- Winner will be notified via email.
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
- Budget Earth is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
- Must be 18 years or older to enter.
- Only one entrant per household.
- Void where prohibited.
- Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
- Good Luck!
Just a reminder: I may or may not have been compensated for this post. I hope one of you (my readers) is the winner of this – and I am digging out my own steamer now to disinfect my house!
Are you looking for ways to get items for free or almost for free? It’s possible to do this if you shop like a couponing pro! If you have been a long term reader, you know that we fed our family and pets for under $100 a month and that included personal care items! Sales + Coupons + Apps to get free stuff worked like a charm!
Here are some tips on how to combine coupons and apps to get free stuff:
- Use two coupons at once. While you will need to read store policies, most stores allow you to use both an in-store coupon, as well as a manufacturer’s coupon. By combining these two coupons together, you may end up getting the item for free or almost for free.
- Match coupons to sales. Whenever possible, you will want to match coupons to items that are already on sale. This will increase the odds of you getting the item for free.
- Use apps to get cash back. Apps like iBotta and Snap from Groupon will help you earn cash back from your purchases. You can find out which items cash back is being offered on. Once you’ve purchased that item, snap a photo of the receipt. When your account reaches a certain amount of cash back, you can receive a check in the mail.
These are just some tips on how to combine coupons and apps to get free stuff! In some cases, you may even end up getting your items for free with coupons and receiving cash back with apps!
Whether you’re in the early stages of researching a vehicle to buy, or your car is on its last leg and you’re looking to upgrade, planning a vehicle purchase is a financially demanding decision. From routine tune-ups to weekly stops at the gas pump, a vehicle is a responsibility that requires thorough planning.
Before waves of panic begin to take over, you should know there are many ways to financially prepare for a new vehicle. From minimizing unnecessary spending to responsible saving, here’s 199ride.com’s list on how to budget properly for your next car.
Do the Math
The first step to budgeting begins long before you begin looking at vehicles to buy. To start, create a budget calendar and establish “checkpoints” along the way to keep your saving on track. Various websites and mobile apps can help determine a comfortable amount to save. This can be done by calculating your income as well as your monthly expenses.
Once you have an idea of your bills and take-home pay, calculate how much you can afford to pay each month. Don’t just consider an auto loan. Factoring in monthly fuel charges and insurance, as well as registration and tax fees, will help keep your budget realistic. Having a firm grip on your income and monthly debt will give you an idea of how much you should save for a down payment and the loan amount you can afford to pay each month.
Keep Track of Your Expenses
Now that you know how much money is needed, it’s time to begin saving! One of the easiest, most beneficial ways to contribute to your automobile savings is to analyze your spending habits. Tracking your daily expenditures helps you pinpoint unnecessary purchases so you know how much you can save by spending smart.
As you begin tracking, continue with your normal routine. Don’t intentionally skip the coffee shop if you’re a regular visitor. Instead, record each and every dollar for one week to see where your money is going and what expenses you can temporarily cut as you budget for a new vehicle.
Weekly treats such as dining out, going to a movie, or getting a manicure can quickly add up. If restaurants are a regular part of your weekly routine, you may be surprised to find that cooking at home for one month could save you enough money to pay your car insurance!
The same can be said for packing a lunch versus hitting up the deli on your lunch break. Small changes can help you cut costs without dramatically altering your lifestyle. By being mindful of your spending habits and scaling back on unnecessary purchases, you can apply more of your money to savings and inch your way closer to owning the vehicle of your dreams.
Don’t Just Save Now, Plan for the Future!
Once you’ve successfully saved for a down payment, it’s time to consider the long-term financial future of your vehicle. Because your overall vehicle budget also includes the cost of repeat expenses, like routine maintenance and fuel costs, it’s important to factor these services into your budget.
According to AAA, the average cost to own and operate a vehicle is $8,558 per year. This accounts for the price of fuel, insurance, maintenance, and applicable finance charges.
Establishing an ongoing vehicle fund can help you stay on top of routine maintenance charges and insurance fees. While the price of gas is continually changing, you can cut down on trips to the gas station by carpooling and planning your route before you leave the house.
Separate Your Wants from Your Needs
Now that you’re working on saving up and have a realistic monthly budget for auto expenses plotted out, the shopping can begin! However, it’s smart not to get carried away. All too often, prospective car buyers are looking to find a car that satisfies all of their wants but fail to consider vehicles that provide the basic needs.
When shopping for a new automobile, focus on what features you need most. Whether it’s a third row of seats or a hatchback for your kids’ sporting goods, begin your search with practicality in mind. With proper budgeting, you just might find a vehicle that satisfies both your needs and your wants!
199ride.com Has Vehicles for Your Budget
If you’re ready for a nicer, newer™, worry-free vehicle, but are unsure if your budget will allow it, visit 199ride.com today to learn how you can end up in the driver’s seat of the vehicle of your dreams!
199ride.com has dealerships across the state of Wisconsin, with four convenient locations in: Green Bay, Appleton, Wausau, and Antigo. We work with your budget and credit score to find reliable vehicles. Don’t wait any longer to find the vehicle right for you!
disclosure: we may have been compensated for this post. We would not work with a company that we didn’t feel was a good fit for our readers and hope you learned something useful.
Are you unhappy with the way your credit report looks? Do you want to improve your score? Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to improve your score and make yourself more likely to get approved by lenders. Here are some tips on how to clean up your credit report.
- Don’t miss a payment. Forgetting to pay your bill is one of the biggest reasons a person’s credit score will drop. Take whatever steps you need to make to pay your bills, whether it be setting up automatic payments or payment reminders.
- Pay more than your monthly minimum. This will help you pay off your debt faster and ensure you’re paying more than just accumulating interest.
- Reduce your overall debt. Your available credit to debt ratio plays a key role in your credit score. Take any steps you can to reduce the amount of money you owe. Avoid making major purchases with credit in the future.
- Consider consolidating your debt. If you have several high interest cards, consolidation can help make it easier for you to pay back the money you owe. Your credit score may drop initially, but it will help in the long run.
- Decide if a balance transfer may help. If you have one credit card that’s high interest, transferring your balance may be an ideal option. Balance transfer cards generally give you 12 to 18 months to pay off your debt at a low or no interest rate.
- Don’t close cards you don’t use anymore. While closing them may seem smart, it can actually hurt your credit.
These are just a few of the steps you can take to clean up your credit report and, ultimately, boost your credit score in the long run.
disclosure: While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts are entirely my own.
We have all been there — that time when you took junior out of the library kicking and screaming. That time you were trying to pick your darling up off the floor in the cereal aisle of the grocery store. Ever been on a family dinner night out and had to apologize for food thrown away from the table?
Wouldn’t it be nice if our children were delivered along with a manual? There would be no second guessing that baby’s cry, terrible twos tantrums or that call from school because there was a fight. We would practically see what they were going to do just before it happened and know the magic answer to correct the behavior.
Finally, we have one! A system that has been proven to work with children in classrooms across the country.
I am sure most parents would love to eliminate those mid afternoon melt downs, public displays of tired tantrums or where the big fit or tears comes out to play, and usually at the worst time! This is why I am so excited to be an Ambassador for Feeling Buddies! Feeling Buddies For Families is a self-regulation toolkit for families. I will go more into detail about HOW it works later, but it helps eliminate all those stressful parenting moments with kids who are frustrated with their feelings.
Some of the Feeling Buddies kit contents are jumping out at me as I gear up my preparation – like the Quick Start Guide! I LOVE not having to dig through a mountain of materials to just figure out where to begin! It has you start with the exclusive video coaching sessions from Dr. Bailey to explain each part of the toolkit. The colorful, easy to follow chart, easily one guides down the path to teaching their kids to self regulate their behavior. Finally, the Managing Emotional Mayhem book. The 168 page guide is to help adults work with the Feeling Buddies System in five simple steps. I flipped through it and was impressed! I have always believed in keeping things simple as you catch them doing something positive, and there seems to be a healthy does of both included.
I can’t wait to dig into this program more and share my thoughts on how I think it could work miracles! I encourage you to check it out and play along with me.
Could it be that George Washington’s Birthday is the reason that February is National Cherry Pie Month? That old legend about the hatchet and cherry tree might be a myth but the delicious flavors of cherry pie bursting across your tongue is no joke! We scoured the internet and found these 15 Cherry Pie Recipes that are sure to please your taste buds.
1. Cherry Kool Aid Pie
2. Easy Cherry Hand Pies
3. Grandma’s French Cherry Pie
4. Cherry Pie Bombs
5. No-Bake Cherry Tarts
6. Cherry Pie Bars
7. Cherry Pie Rolls
8. Upside Down Cherry Pie
9. Cherry Slab Pie
10. Black Bottom Cherry Cream Pie
11. Apple Cherry Pie
12. Lemon Cherry Swirl Cake
13. Mini Cherry Pies
14. Easiest Cherry Pie
15. Slow Cooker Cherry Dump Cake
Do you have a favorite cherry pie recipe? Please share! We always love trying new things!
- 1 box of strawberry cake mix
- 1 box of vanilla cake mix
- canola oil
- Purple, blue and green gel coloring
- -Make the white cake mix according to the box
- -Make the strawberry cake mix according to the box
- -Divide the batter into four bowls
- -Add blue gel food coloring to one
- -Add purple gel food coloring to the second and
- -Add green gel food coloring to the third bowl.
- -Leaving the fourth bowl white cake batter
- -Leave the strawberry batter the way it is
- -Spray the Bundt pan with Pam spray.
- -Begin by spooning in the white batter then the purple next then the green batter, then the blue batter on around the pan.
- -Fill the top of the colors with the strawberry batter and take a knife and pull through to barely mix it up.
- -Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- -Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes then remove the cake from the Bundt pan and place on a wire rack until completely cooled.
VANILLA ROYAL ICING:
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
3 C powder sugar plus 1/2 c on stand by
1 tsp vanilla
yellow, green, pink and blue gel food coloring
bright colored sixlets, and purple and pink sugar sprinkles
- Combine all ingredients, except the colors and sprinkles and sixlets, into a standing mixer and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Add the extra half cup of powder sugar if the royal icing looks like soup once stiff peaks form split into 5 bowls
- add the colors into the bowls, mix until you have your desired color, leaving one bowl white
- drizzle the colors onto the cake with a spoon
- unicorn poop
- add the sprinkles and then the sixlets
Your pet is a member of your family. This is why it’s so important for all pet owners to have an idea of what to do in an emergency situation. We hope that this simple list of basic pet first aid tips helps you be proactive.
Here are some basic pet first aid tips:
- If your pet has a seizure, clear the area to make sure it’s safe. However, avoid touching your pet. They might bite if they are frightened.
- Be aware of the signs of poisoning. Some of these include vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, breathlessness, tremors, and collapsing.
- If your pet gets bitten by another animal, get them to the vet ASAP. They needed to be treated to prevent infection.
- After a bee sting, try to remove the stinger from your pet right away. See a vet if your pet experiences symptoms besides mild swelling or discomfort.
- If your pet has a bleeding wound, apply pressure using gauze until you get to the animal hospital.
- To perform CPR on a pet that isn’t breathing, lay him on his side and remove their tongue from his mouth so it doesn’t block his airway. Wrap your lips around his nose and breathe until your dog begins to breathe or you get to the vet.
These are just some basic pet first aid tips to keep in mind! When in doubt, call your veterinarian’s office or local animal hospital.