One way to try a new homeschool curriculum without spending a fortune is to try finding used homeschooling materials first.
We first tried this with Alpha Omega's Weaver program. We didn't know anyone who was using it but had heard and read wonderful things about it so we wanted to give it a try.
If you have a home school bookstore near you, that would be a great place to start.
I found Weaver Curriculum Volume 2 for only $20. It was missing a whole section, but it was great for our "taste" of the program to determine if we wanted to invest in it for the upcoming year.
Another one of the best places that we have found to "try it before you buy it" (at least for full-price) is Ebay. Certain types of used homeschooling packages and used books can be found there almost any time of year.
Here are some of the popular choices that often have great deals when buying used:
We have bought several of the Sonlight book lots just for the great literature books that are in them. It is also helpful to buy a used set for second readers if you have multiple children in the same level.
Why not try this great option before buying a Volume at full price? If you are like us, though, you'll be hooked!
One of the most popular math programs for homeschooling families, it often one of the best auction deals on the web.
Wonder if Abeka is right for you? There are some inexpensive ways to find out before you start another school year.
One inexpensive way to get a great home school science education is by purchasing used books for the Apologia program.
Don't think you can afford a great education? You can save a great deal of money by choosing used books for the Konos options and still offer your children one of the best educational choices around for less.