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I recently read that the average cost per child to homeschool was $500. So $1300 for 3 kids has you below average. I'm not sure what I spend on my son. Maybe $40 per month, tops. I'm including gas to go to park days in that figure. So that's about $360 for 9 months. Probably 3/4 of that is gas and 1/4 is for activity fees. None is for curriculum.

 

ETA: I probably save that much money on clothes. Since ds is homeschooled, he doesn't need as many. He can stay home if his shoes are wet. Since he doesn't see the same people each day, he doesn't need to have as much variety just so that they don't comment about his wearing the same few clothes over and over. He can have just one pair of shoes, a few pants, and a half dozen t-shirts. I also save money because we don't have to participate in fund raisers or buy a list of specific school supplies that we wouldn't ordinarily use (lysol wipes, kleenex, etc.) In addition, I probably spend less on lunch at home than I would if I had to pack food. There is also less "keeping up with the Joneses." Ds is less likely to want things that are a fad or want a gadget (or clothing style) that all of his friends have. 


Edited by 4evermom - 8/25/13 at 9:22am
post #22 of 24
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So that's about $360 for 9 months. Probably 3/4 of that is gas and 1/4 is for activity fees.

 

But if he went to school you might be spending money on gas to get him to and from. Or he might have begged to follow some of his classmates into their tae kwon do program, with your activity fees going up accordingly. I find it pretty much impossible to accurately determine the cost of homeschooling because of issues like that. Pencils, museums, road trips, e-reader purchases, software and computer hardware upgrades -- I know through direct experience that even with kids in school we'd make some of those purchases -- but probably fewer of them. We can't live life both ways and compare. 

 

Not only is it impossible to define what constitutes a homeschooling expense, but there is such immense variability from family to family that I think the best you can say is "anything goes, and good luck measuring it, but do what works for your family."

 

Miranda

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But if he went to school you might be spending money on gas to get him to and from. Or he might have begged to follow some of his classmates into their tae kwon do program, with your activity fees going up accordingly. I find it pretty much impossible to accurately determine the cost of homeschooling because of issues like that. Pencils, museums, road trips, e-reader purchases, software and computer hardware upgrades -- I know through direct experience that even with kids in school we'd make some of those purchases -- but probably fewer of them. We can't live life both ways and compare. 

 

Not only is it impossible to define what constitutes a homeschooling expense, but there is such immense variability from family to family that I think the best you can say is "anything goes, and good luck measuring it, but do what works for your family."

 

Miranda

Yes, I'd probably spend MORE on activities if he were in school. But I'd probably spend less on gas. We're active in a group that is about an hour's drive. We do less that we might with them because of the cost of gas. But it's still more than I'd spend if I drove him to the local school (which has free bussing, anyway.) Most people who send their kids to school still have additional activity expenses that I consider a homeschooling expense. I'm confident that homeschooling is a huge savings in what I'd spend if ds were in school:-)

 

(And by our activity fees, I mean fun stuff like playing laser tag, lol.)

post #24 of 24
How Homeschoolers Measure shows that the average amount of money spent is $500. I think that's probably just curriculum. That's pretty much what we spend. Less at the beginning of the year but I add books throughout the year as needed. We easily hit that mark. If you count music lessons and sports - which we would do even if they were in public school - we'd hit around $2000. It's a lot. However, they are pretty low maintenance in the clothing department - they just don't care about clothes that much and have happily worn hand me downs their whole lives. I expect that would be different if they were in school. There would be extra-curricular expenses, too: Band, Sports, UIL, etc. I haven't bought them any gadgets yet, which they might want if all their friends had them. Actually, I think food is our biggest "school" expense because I cook so dang much. My guys eat a lot and we are picky about quality. I think parents whose kids eat at school probably don't spend nearly as much on food as we do! (Just guessing.) But my guys eat 3 wholesome meals a day and that is expensive!
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