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It isn’t a secret that buying curriculum is expensive. It can get especially pricey when you have more than one kid to buy curriculum for. It gets even trickier when you have a child in 1st grade and a child in 5th grade because you can’t easily use the same curriculum. This is why I love shopping for used homeschool curriculum.
Like most homeschool parents, you probably only use your curriculum once or twice before you no longer need it. Instead of throwing out the curriculum parents like yourself sell it for a much more reasonable price than you will find for the new curriculum.
My Top Places to Buy Used Homeschool Curriculum
Here are just a few of the places where you can buy used homeschool curriculum:
At Homeschool Classifieds, you can find not only used curriculum for almost any subject under the sun, but you can also find great resources for homeschool groups, events, and organization. When it comes to being a thrifty homeschooler, this is a great resource to have in your basket.
This is a sister store of eBay. The AcademicStore is a great place to find top curriculum brands such as ABeka, Apologia, Bob Jones, and another great curriculum for a fraction of the price of buying it new.
The Back Pack
With the Back Pack, you can pick and choose to build your own curriculum. Not only can you get homeschool curriculum for grades K-12, but you can get used textbooks for your college-bound kids. If you call before placing your order, you can get most books discounted by 50%.
Second Harvest Curriculum
Another great online option for used homeschool curriculum is Second Harvest Curriculum. They are known for their deals on the day page and overstock section. They carry all the popular curriculum and some you haven’t heard of, and they are an excellent way to try something new out.
I might be an Amazon addict, but I can find great used items here. Do a search for the item you want and click to open it you will generally see a link that says show new and used from $x.xx click that open and browse the items and conditions. Amazon is going to show you the item that will make them the most money so always check what else is available.
This one is obvious, but you can find great deals on eBay. I love using the Which Way USA activity books and maps while we travel and I was able to get the whole set on eBay for 1/5 the price as new!
Ok yes, Swap.com is marketed as an online clothes consignment shop, but they have books and DVD section. I have been able to find brand new curriculum here, books on our reading list and even educational movies!
This one is one of my favorites! Paperback Swap is a huge online community that is nearly free to get curriculum. You only pay for the postage to ship the books. Otherwise, you can freely swap and snag curriculum you need or want for free. I get personal books here along with school books. You can create a wishlist, so when an item becomes available, you get a turn to claim it.
Half Priced Books
With Half Priced Books you can shop in-store or online. They offer books, DVDs, textbooks, music and more. I tend to get into a lot of trouble in this store!
To me, Abe Books is like an online thrift store just for books. The prices are low, items are used, and you never know what you might find. I have found many items on my wishlist here at great prices, so I always check it out.
Use Facebook Groups
Typically, when we need something, we just do a Google search. However, Facebook is almost as good as Google. There are tons of groups on Facebook for free homeschool curriculum, curriculum swapping, and discounted curriculum. Not to mention the resources you can find for events, activities, and meetups. If you are committed to a certain brand of the curriculum like Abeka, Five in a Row, Math You See, etc. you can surely find a group just for buying and selling that curriculum.
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg finding the curriculum to use. Simply, use these resources to find used curriculum for half the price. Where do you buy used curriculum? Share your favorite used curriculum store in the comments below!