If you are a new homeschooler, I have some unexpected good news for you!
Your homeschool supply list is one of the huge ways you can save money in your homeschool – and vastly decrease your stress level during the back to school shopping season.
I very clearly remember going through the congested aisles of Walmart looking for a very specific list of things for my soon to be kindergartener.
For just one kid, my cart was nearly overflowing with tissue boxes, lysol wipes, art supplies, a book bag, lunchbox, notebooks, headphones, a pink sparkly pencil pouch, and a ton of other stuff that ended up costing me a shocking amount.
That was years ago, but I wasn’t surprised to catch this article that said the average family paid $696 PER STUDENT in back to school expenses in 2019.
That is insane!!!
You are not going to get even close to that with your homeschool supply list.
I kicked myself for marching right over to Walmart and stocking up on all the things for my first year of homeschooling.
Then we popped into Dollar Tree to grab something and I found so many of the EXACT SAME things I had just bought at Walmart.
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As you go through the list below, I would recommend going to Dollar Tree to get everything you can. As you continue through your homeschool year, I would also recommend checking Dollar Tree for all things art supplies, science experiment items, and even workbooks for extra practice.
Okay, if Dollar Tree doesn’t have it, I would then head over to Wal-Mart to grab whatever else is on your homeschool supply list.
They usually have a great selection and very reasonable prices.
But, the experience can be stressful as you navigate through the aisle with your cart, kids, and list and try not to knock over all the other moms doing the same thing.
If that sounds like a nightmare to you, Amazon would be my next choice.
They win the prize hands down for having the most variety to choose from and the most convenience. Nobody needs a potty break, nobody is screaming because they want the $50 trapper keeper that’s not on your list, no pandemic germs to deal with… you get the idea.
To help you out, all of my below links go to Amazon products I own and can personally vouch for.
If you are a deal shopper or if you are looking to purchase one of the bigger ticket items from your homeschool supply list, I would definitely recommend looking into stores in your area that offer a homeschool discount.
Keep in mind you will likely have to show your letter of intent to homeschool and/or an HSLDA membership card.
Check out this great post with over 30 places that offer discounts to homeschoolers to start shopping!
I broke up the list below into sections in order to help you organize what you needed to buy.
Remember to check your teacher’s manual to see what you will need in addition to these basic supplies.
Lastly, Don’t miss the free printable copy of this list (with space to add whatever else you want) at the bottom of this post!
Not so bad, right?!
To make this even easier for you, I consolidated all of it onto a one page free printable – and I even included a space for the extra things your teacher manuals may call for – such as dice, cottontails, etc.
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