Yes. It really is free.
Every website I point you to is free. Whatever it is offering - be it downloadable ebooks, worksheets, information (like craft patterns or recipes), or advice - it is available to you at no cost. If I should ever happen across something I genuinely believe is worth paying for, I will make that very clear in my post that there is a fee involved. (Though that hasn't happened yet, so... draw your own conclusions there.)
So, yes, my curriculum plans I'm posting - they're all free. Some things require printing - so there's a paper and ink consideration - but that's the only cost. And I don't think we print as many things as some other people might. For instance, stories and books, we simply read online, as we only read a chapter a day and that's not too hard on our eyes.
No, I'm not trying to "undermine" the homeschool community by advocating that everyone do things my way and not pay for their curriculum. I am merely showing people on very restricted budgets how it *can* be done. And if someone not on a tight budget, but frugal-minded anyway, also wants to follow my methods of doing things, great! It never hurts to start saving as much as you can for emergencies, retirement, college, and so on. But those of us who spend mere pennies on our supplies are few and far between and we won't even make a dent in the homeschool market's income. I assure you I'm no threat whatsoever!
No, I will never bundle all this information up into some sort of book, CD, or ebook for sale. First, I find that rather unethical - the selling of free information. Yes, I suppose I could argue I'm selling my "time and experience" but that's a weak argument IMHO and besides, it would defeat the entire point. I'm trying to show anyone interested how to get/acquire/make things for free if possible or for very little money if necessary. Starting off with *charging* for the information would be contradictory to the whole point!
In any case, I may not say it with every post: "Check out this FREE link..." because it starts feeling redundant, but yes, wherever I'm sending you, it really is free and I hope you'll find it useful.
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