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Homeschool?? How do you afford it?

Poll Results: How are you able to afford homeschooling your kid(s)?

 
  • 58% (91)
    my DP supports us.
  • 11% (18)
    my DP supports us and I work at home.
  • 7% (12)
    my DP supports us and I work out of home.
  • 1% (3)
    I'm a single parent and I live on what I can (food stamps, child support, welfare).
  • 2% (4)
    I'm a single parent and I work at home.
  • 3% (5)
    I'm a single parent and I work out of home.
  • 1% (2)
    my DP and I alternate HSing, and working.
  • 0% (0)
    we live in a communal house, where money is not really an issue.
  • 0% (0)
    we are self-sufficient gardeners and crafty crafters.
  • 0% (0)
    DP and/or I are well off because of inheritance/rich family.
  • 13% (21)
    you find it difficult to make ends meet (for anyone to select, if it applies)
156 Total Votes  
post #1 of 48
Thread Starter 
This is a poll for any and all homeschoolers/unschoolers, radical/un-radical. It is private so don't be afraid to select the appropriate designation.

thanks!


ach, i wanted it to be multiple choice. too late now. If you aren't on this poll, please let me know what I missed.:P
post #2 of 48
I voted that we're supported by DP's income.

We also are working towards being more self-sufficient. I garden, preserve food, raise chickens, and enjoy doing crafty things that benefit our family. However, we can survive on DH's income without those self-sufficient endeavours, so I didn't check that option on the poll.
post #3 of 48
You're poll is short sighted. I wohm ft, while dh is at home during the day, and at school at night. We are both planning on sharing homeschooling lessons. My job provides enough for us to do both (hs'ing and his schooling.) We could've been an "other" option, but I did not see one.
post #4 of 48
I checked partner supports us, but could also have checked that it has been a collosal struggle to make ands meet.

If housing were not so expensive his salary would be plenty, housing has been killing us. BUT, our house is on the market now and hopefully will sell quickly! We are moving into on campus housing and will be truly comfortable for the first time ever. Wow. We are so looking forward to this.

Anybody want to buy a house?
post #5 of 48
I can't vote, because our situation is multi-answered. Budget is tight, even though dh works to pay the bills. We also grow/raise/hunt for our food and we don't feel the need to buy a lot of clothes. We adjust our lifestyle around what our priorities are; and for us, hsing is at the top of our list of priorities, so we make it work.
post #6 of 48
I'm the homeschooling parent in the house and the main 'bread' winner....

I work F/T and do school F/T--both from home.
dp works p/t in the afternoon out in the world..

and we struggle a lot, but mostly with all the stuff I wish I could get...all the manipulatives that look like so much fun...

But we order what we have to and find the rest online for free.
I guess we spend under $1000 a year on homeschooling--even if you include all the trips and special classes, etc
post #7 of 48
My DH works and I supplement our income by providing child care to a little girl a couple days a week. This helps us to make ends meet while I homeschool our girls. It is VERY difficult sometimes to make ends meet though.
post #8 of 48
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by heket View Post
You're poll is short sighted. I wohm ft, while dh is at home during the day, and at school at night. We are both planning on sharing homeschooling lessons. My job provides enough for us to do both (hs'ing and his schooling.) We could've been an "other" option, but I did not see one.
I wanted it to be multiple choice, but I forgot to select that box, and it's true I should have put an "other" option, but then so many people select that, and it gets unbalanced. I could start another poll, or someone else could... it is always so hard to remember everything when you do a poll.
post #9 of 48
Dp supports us (see other thread ). Unfortunately there'll be a day, more than likely not too far away, where we will be financially secure due to inheritance. For now, dh's district pays very nicely for high school teachers.
post #10 of 48
Dh works and supports us. I also make and sell things when I can. We are frugal and mostly use the library here for free homeschooling things.

We are having trouble making ends meet, so I am looking for a part time job or two.
post #11 of 48
I choose DH supports us, because that's the best answer. I do work part-time, but we don't "need" the money to pay for basic necessities. The "rich family" option is also somewhat true, not in the "we are Hiltons" type rich, but in the "our parents paid for our college educations so we didn't have to pay student loans" way that has made it easier for us to buy a house and save for retirement & college.
post #12 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by majazama View Post
I wanted it to be multiple choice, but I forgot to select that box, and it's true I should have put an "other" option, but then so many people select that, and it gets unbalanced. I could start another poll, or someone else could... it is always so hard to remember everything when you do a poll.
No problem! Polls can be tricky to set up.
post #13 of 48
Dh supports us although making ends meet is a constant struggle. We're currently looking for something like a weekly paper route to supplement income and once I have the baby and she's a little older I'd like to clean a house once a week or so. I'd like to have at least a $200 cushion per month!
post #14 of 48
Thread Starter 
heket~ I didn't put an option of "my DP stays with the kids full time, and I work", cause I thought that those people wouldn't have any computer time, between working, and being a parent.
post #15 of 48
I find it more than sexist that you don't have one somewhat obvious choice here:

I work and my DH (or DP) stays home and does the homeschooling.
post #16 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by majazama View Post
heket~ I didn't put an option of "my DP stays with the kids full time, and I work", cause I thought that those people wouldn't have any computer time, between working, and being a parent.
: Actually, without work, I don't think I'd be on MDC is much as I have...

But still, there are many working moms with SAHPs who are also making homeschool a priority for their family.
post #17 of 48
I voted "my DP supports us and I work at home". I watch 3 kids for a friend of mine for very little money ($200 per week for 3 kids, 11 hours a day for 5 days). But I suppose it helps to make ends meet.
post #18 of 48
If I was physically capable of working, I doubt I'd be able to HS my DD- or maybe I'd WAH while HSing her.

But I can't work anyway due to a chronic illness. With HSing I can take things easy physically when I need to, unlike a job where I'd have to drive to work as specified hours or produce a product when the customers demanded it.

I'm still waiting to hear if I've been approved for SSI. Right now we're barely squeaking by- but it's not as if me getting a job is an option anyway.
post #19 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meg Murry. View Post
I find it more than sexist that you don't have one somewhat obvious choice here:

I work and my DH (or DP) stays home and does the homeschooling.
Maybe the assumption wasn't sexist, but rather that the at-home parent would be more likely to be the MDC member.
post #20 of 48
I'd add that my older boys go to public school and it isn't any cheaper.
The school supplies pack they are required to buy is $50-$60 and then there's the gym uniform, yearbook and new clothes.

We are only homeschooling two but it is cheaper by far for us.

Keri
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