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Have you heard the one about the homeschooling family that lives on less than $22K a year in an area that costs above 100% (116%) of the National CoL Index?

I haven't quite figured out why so many people still persist in perpetuating the myth that living on a single income and homeschooling on a dime aren't possible. I can only suppose these are people who can't imagine life without a daily trip to Starbucks and dinner out several times a week. The people who actually shop at malls (*shudder*) and think "Brand Name = Best". The people who really live by the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

That? Would not be us!

Welcome to our world. We cook from scratch. Buy from thrift stores. Find 95% of our homeschool materials for free. This is my blog and this is how we do it.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Yes. It really is free.

I received an e-mail this morning that I have already answered, but I thought perhaps I'd better address it here, as well, to clarify a few things.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am trying hard to be frugal with school and I am doing a pretty job thus far but you are doing better. LOL Your blog has been helpful. Are you going to archive your site or weekly curriculum for easy reference?


June 11, 2007 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

I'm trying to decide how best to make the archiving work. Yesterday I read up on how to make archives by titles rather than dates, but the instructions weren't clear enough IMHO - so I'm still working on it. :)

June 11, 2007 at 3:00 PM  
Anonymous MommaKnows said...

Jenni: I was thinking the very same thing- that you should put it all in one place. :) I don't know about Blogger, but at WordPress (where I have my blog) you can put up static pages--pages that are always there but can be added to--as well as blog entries. I'd contact Blogger or hit their forums and ask if there's a way to do that.

June 11, 2007 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Just Me, Jenni said...

Well, I'm afraid I might have to do this the hard way, and simply build my own "archived by title/summary" pages through HTML - basically a "links" page. I can't seem to find any other way to do it. So, I guess I'll start working on that soon. :S

June 12, 2007 at 12:47 PM  

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