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Freebie: Learning Resources from Patrick Henry College and HSLDA

Here is a freebie for all of the thrifty homeschoolers out there. Not specific to Arkansas–any home school family will be able to use at least one of the resources listed on the page. They are in pdf format, so you will need Adobe Reader or another pdf reader to view the files.

Courtesy of HSLDA and Patrick Henry College, a full page of free learning resources geared toward high school students. The material is Christian based. Feel free to share the information with your family and friends.

Hope you find this useful.

Posted on 6 July '11 by , under Free lesson plans and ideas, Free or Almost free resources, Freebies, Homeschooling through high school. No Comments.

Daily Freebie: Get a Coupon for Free Pantene

Thrifty homeschoolers know that free is a good thing. This offer expires at 11:59 pm on 6/30/2011 so act quickly. All you have to do is “like” Pantene’s Facebook page and they will send you a coupon good for 1 free bottle of Pantene, up to 12.4 ounces.

I hope you found this deal helpful

Posted on 30 June '11 by , under Coupons, Freebies, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

All You Magazine – A Great Source for Savings

Here is my thrifty homeschooling tip of the day. Pick up a copy of  “All You” magazine at  your local Walmart. I purchased my first copy a week ago and it had over $91 in coupons. Most of them I could use. In addition to the coupons, the magazine contains money saving tips and their website has links to all sorts of deals and free samples. The cost is less than the local Sunday paper in Northwest Arkansas. Give it a try. I saved a bundle using the coupons that you cannot find anywhere else. The clipping services do not carry the coupons found in “All You” magazine.

Check their website for information about their low-cost meal planning contest. You have to register by June 17th and the contest starts June 19th. Up for the challenge? The goal is to feed your family for $25 per family member per week for 4 weeks. Using this as a base, it should cost a family of 5 no more than $125 a week for groceries.

I plan on entering. I will keep everyone posted on my progress. A final update will be posted by July 24th. Look for a field like the one below that will update my weekly progress. There are 5 in my family so the weekly amount should stay under $125.00. A week will run from Sunday through Saturday.

Hope this information was useful.


Posted on 13 June '11 by , under Coupons, Free or Almost free resources, Freebies, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

Get Fit and Save Money

Todays thrifty homeschooling tip is to join Walk with Walgreens. This program allows you to log in the steps you take everyday. The more you walk, the more rewards you will get. You get three special offers just for joining.

Arkansas homeschoolers know that physical activity is an important part of homeschooling kids. Why not rack up savings at Walgreens everytime you take the kids to the park. If you were a part of Subway’s program this past school year, you received free pedometers. This is a great way to put those pedometers to use. Have the kids calculate how far you walk in miles. There are approximately 2,000 steps per mile–slightly more for taller adults or teens and a little less for smaller kids.

Hope you find this helpful


Posted on 12 June '11 by , under Coupons, Freebies, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

Thrifty Homeschooling Tip of the Day – June 11, 2010

Today’s thrifty homeschooling tip is not specific to Arkansas homeschooling. Use free curriculum whenever possible. One of my favorite free curriculum sites is HippoCampus. This website offers High School AP courses and non-AP courses. The lesson plans, material and the book list are set up for you. The lessons are free and are delivered online. It is worth a look.

My shopping tip of the day is great savings at Save-A-Lot in Siloam Springs. They have 1 pound packages of ground turkey on sale for $1.00. The sale runs through June 14. If you have never shopped at Save-A-Lot before, go online to their website and join their savings club. Give them your email and they will give you a $5.00 off $25 or more coupon. They accept manufacturer’s coupons.

Hope you find this information helpful


Posted on 11 June '11 by , under Coupons, Free or Almost free resources, Freebies, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

Homeschool Families can Reap Box Tops for Education Benefits

Looking for a way to add a little extra cash to your family’s homeschool budget? I know that I am. The answer was located on my pantry shelves.  Products that have Box Tops for Education coupons printed on them are a gold mine for Arkansas homeschoolers. Most people think that the Box Tops for Education Program is reserved for traditional  schools. This is incorrect if you live anywhere  in Arkansas.

Through a program sponsored  by the Education Alliance, homeschool families can participate in Box Tops for Education. Here is how  it works. Collect a minimum of 100 Box Tops  for Education. Send them into the Education Alliance. They will send  you a  check for half  the value of the Box  Tops. This is a fundraiser for the Education Alliance.  You are splitting the value  of the Box Tops with them. Instead of receiving $10.00 for 100 Box Tops, you get $5.00 and the Education Alliance keeps $5.00. It is an easy way to help put some cash in your pocket and a way to help the Education Alliance meet their fundraising goals. For more information about the program, contact the Education Alliance  directly.

Hope this thrify homeschooling tip helps you save a few dollars. Check back often, there are big changes coming to this website.


Posted on 8 June '11 by , under Free or Almost free resources, Freebies, Ramblings and Rumors. No Comments.

Currclicks Offers Child Safe Chess Club For Homeschoolers

Currclicks is offering an online chess club for homeschoolers. This is a great option for kids who love to play but are having a difficult time finding a chess partner. The club is set up to be child safe and parents can monitor who their child is in contact with.

Signing up is easy. I suggest that you read their chess club blog prior to signing up.

If you are unfamiliar with Currclicks, I would recommend checking out their website. There is a plethora of inexpensive homeschool curriculum available.


Posted on 21 January '11 by , under Free lesson plans and ideas, Free or Almost free resources, Freebies. 1 Comment.

Arkansas Ends Discovery Education Streaming Access

Free Discovery Education Streaming access to Arkansas homeschoolers has ended as of November 1, 2010. David Bennett, a representative from aetnIDEAS – the administrators of Discovery Education Streaming for Arkansas, confirmed that the subscription has ended. For homeschoolers wishing to continue their subscription, the best choice is to purchase a subscription through the Home School Buyers Co-op (see the link at the side). Here is David Bennett’s response to my inquiry:

“The state’s contract to use the Discovery Streaming service ended Nov. 1.

The Arkansas Dept. of Education has informed us that they do not have the

funding to continue the service.

AETN remains ready to continue to administer and service the popular

service but funding decisions are in the hands of ADE. Funding is

difficult everywhere these days, of course, but we hope resources can be

found at some future date to bring a classroom streaming service to


We will look for potential alternatives in videostreaming and promise to

continue working with our friends at ADE and others to seek funding

sources that may become available.

That’s pretty much where things stand at the moment.


David Bennett

Arkansas IDEAS Help Desk”

This service will be missed. I enjoyed it for free for the last 2 years.



Posted on 24 November '10 by , under Free or Almost free resources, Freebies, News. No Comments.

Free “Why Homeschooling Rocks” eBook from Home School Buyers Co-op

There are times when homeschool parents need help in the motivation and inspiration departments. A free eBook called “Why Homeschooling Rocks” is available from the Home School Buyers Co-op. To get the book, just join the co-op for free. If you are already a member, log in to your account and look for the link under the subscriptions tab.

Why join the Home School Buyers Co-op? They offer great deals on homeschool curriculum. In addition, the website has locations for field trips and links to free curriculum. This is a resource that all homeschoolers should have. They ask for minimal information to join. You are never under any obligation to make a purchase. Why not check them out and download the free eBook. It is full of quotes and stories written by other homeschoolers from all over the United States. When you are going through a homeschooling “crisis” reading excerpts from the book will help you remember why you are homeschooling. Here is a link to the Home School Buyers Co-op. Be sure to download your free eBook soon.


Posted on 16 October '10 by , under Free lesson plans and ideas, Freebies, Homeschooling 101, Reviews. No Comments.

Freebie: New Science Website from Discovery Education

Discovery Education has released another website that is free for everyone to use. The website is a collaboration between Discovery Education and 3M. It is called Science of Everyday Life. Although the website is still being developed, check out the family activities link. There you will find all sorts of downloadable activity sheets with everything from creating a tornado in a bottle to fly fishing to making ice cream in a bag. Make sure that you participate in the survey so that they will include the needs of homeschoolers when the site is completed.

Drop me a line and let me know what you think after you visit the website.


Posted on 6 September '10 by , under Free lesson plans and ideas, Freebies. 2 Comments.

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