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April 23rd, 2009, 11:27 AM
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Do you keep track of how much you spend on books and curriculum for a year? I ordered a few more things from Rainbow Resource this morning and when I went to put the order confirmation email in my "homeschool orders '09" folder, I was blown away to see that I've already made 11 orders from various places this year! I don't even want to add it all up. In my defense, I've ordered everything for next year already (the '09-'10 year).
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April 23rd, 2009, 11:52 AM
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I keep track in general...LOL Which means I don't! LOL!

I make my list of what I want and how much it costs and then as the money comes in, I get it...plus a few extras, of course! So I usually do have a base amount that we spent, not including shipping and all that.

So what'd ya order?
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April 23rd, 2009, 12:18 PM
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I just ordered some more Let's Read and Find out science books for the boys. They each had some birthday money so I let them each pick 4 books. Of course they picked all the gross ones, like worms and stuff! And then I bought a few books for my new niece or nephew who is arriving in June. I like giving classic books as baby gifts so I bought Winnie the Pooh, The Boxcar Children and the Adventures of Peter Cottontail. And one CLP Nature Reader for fall.

I love books. And I don't have access to a library for free so that helps me feel less guilty about buying them!
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April 23rd, 2009, 12:41 PM
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Yummy, yummy books!!!! Eli and Remy can't stop smelling Eli's new books. Hee hee...they love to start a new year and smell the new books.

I spend about $600-$700 on both children for the year. Then you add in the little things I buy to make it better when I take something out. Or the craft stuff.
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April 23rd, 2009, 01:20 PM
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I sort of keep track. We put $60 pr paycheck into the school budget (that's $1560 a year). But "school" is a broad category. That includes everything from the school supplies to admission to places. So that's the max I spend currently per year, but it's more than books and curriculum. That was $700 for the two big ones for our current "year" (that started Monday).
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April 23rd, 2009, 02:45 PM
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I've got a spreadsheet where I keep a record of all the purchases I make on a monthly basis. Its staggering, LOL
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April 23rd, 2009, 05:01 PM
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I'm not really sure, I tend to buy things as I think about it/need it/see it. Some years is a lot more then others. But I guess anywhere from $700 up to around $1000.
I bought some more phonics books and already I have forgotten how much that was, but some of that was wrong and I will need more. Most of what is wrong is simply too young, but that's ok Ds can use them later so it's not wasted.

I need something with a lot of extra practice then what most have. I am printing things from online to make extra at the moment. Lots more ch, sh, th practice. We can't just do a few sheets and say lesson done, because Sarah will do well then forget.

Same with maths. We just spent $130 on Alpha but that doesn't give enough practice on place value and there are no practice sheets on that on the MUS site. I wish they sold those red, blue and green cards! Guess I will have to make some and make a large decimal street.
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April 23rd, 2009, 07:10 PM
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Not really. I keep my receipts in a "homeschool receipts" file in my file box, but I don't usually add it all up. Hmmm....now I'm curious!
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April 23rd, 2009, 07:20 PM
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Maybe it's better not to look!
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April 24th, 2009, 05:59 AM
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You're probably right!
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April 24th, 2009, 07:41 AM
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I buy our curriculum at conference and rarely buy anything else through-out the year, so I do have a good idea of how much we spend each year. We do field-trips with 4-H and the homeschool group though, and I don't keep track of the expence for that though, usually it's isn't much. I spent around $450 last year and sold the previous year's curriculum for about $100, so for the year probably not much more than $400 total.

I am planning for a little more this year because I am wanting to add a few more books and hands-on activities, but should (after selling this year's curriculum) not go much over $500. That is for one child, however it wouldn't cost me much more to add in more children (if I had them) because our curriculum can be used by different age groups at the same time:)

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April 24th, 2009, 05:56 PM
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Science $90, SS $33, Explode the code $18, pentime $6, math $40, co-op $24, COSI $20, YMCA?
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