Teachers everywhere are gearing up. Packing away their bathing suits and unpacking their school supplies; summer is almost over and inventories are taking place. What do I have? What do I need?
No matter if they teach public or private school, most likely teachers will be investing money out of their own pockets to meet the needs of their students. This especially goes for homeschool teachers.
Where can good deals be found?
v Yard Sales (especially those of retired teachers!)
v Local Charities (Hopsice Resale Shop, Yokefellow, etc.) Check frequently for books, games, etc.
v Thrift Shops (You never know what treasure you’ll find. I found a large wooden, painted pterodactyl that hangs from the ceiling. It has a string you pull to make it “fly.” I’m guessing it cost $25 or more retail. I paid $2).
v Library Sales (great books for a bargain!)
v Used Book Sales (Some organizations hold these periodically. If you luck up on a homeschool sale, you may reel in educational games/videos as well.)
v “Back-to-School” Sales (I love those 1-cent items!) (*By the way, STAPLES recognizes homeschool teachers in their free, Teacher Reward program)
v Craig’s List, E-bay, Amazon, etc.
v Homeschool teachers- check around to see if you can borrow/rent/buy books from other homeschool families.
This past week I had a pleasant surprise. A friend called stating she worked with Youth Empowerment in Forest City. She explained they had some textbooks donated and could only use some of them. Would I be interested in the rest for homeschooling? Of course I was!
When I went to preview the books, I was overwhelmed at the quality and quantity of textbooks! Woo Hoo! The floodgates had opened and textbooks on Algebra, Latin, Spanish, World History and Civics had spilled out!
Youth Empowerment needed a certain number of books moved out so I enlisted some help and hauled the books back to my garage. Some excited homeschool moms will be visiting me this week to see what they can use. The remaining books will be at our large homeschool meeting this Friday for more families to consider. We plan to set out a donation jar for Youth Empowerment beside the textbooks. Hopefully, we will be able to return this wonderful blessing through donations.
If you’re not familiar with Youth Empowerment, check out their website:
They’re doing some great things with kids in Rutherford County. Maybe you would like to be a blessing as well.