5 Ways to Increase Your Tech Budget for Homeschooling – WHS 159

This week’s topic is inspired by a recent episode of Homeschooling in Real Life, Can We Afford to Homeschool?

I understand that many homeschooling parents are on a tight budget. My family is on a tight budget. The challenges of maintaining a household on one income can really put a lot of stress on homeschooling parents.

With that in mind, I want to share with you 5 Ways to Increase Your Tech Budget for Homeschooling.

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Sometimes you can’t buy the latest and greatest tech for your homeschooling. You may have to make a few sacrifices. If you’ve got a smartphone that’s held together by duct tape and bubblegum but can’t afford a new one, these suggestions might help you find a little extra cash.

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5 Ways to Increase Your Tech Budget for Homeschooling.

1. Brown bag it! $10 a week on food equals $500 a year. If you’re eating out for lunch every day you’re spending at least $5 a meal. That’s $25 a week! In a year you will spend more than $1,200 just for lunch.

2. Buy used or refurbished tech. This is something a lot of people just don’t think about doing. Refurbished tech comes with the same warranty as brand new tech. Why pay full price when you can get the same product with the same guarantee at a discount?

3. Cut the cord. Get rid of cable. We got rid of cable almost 5 years ago. We don’t miss it. Anything we want to watch we can find online and if we want to watch something as it’s release we can subscribe to a series through iTunes or other services like Amazon.

4. Skip the Starbucks. The cheapest cup of coffee at Starbuck is nearly $3. Buy one of those every day of the week and you’re spending $15 a week on coffee. Buy your own and brew it yourself. Even if you buy a fancy French press, coffee grinder, and extensive beans you’ll still pay less in a month for coffee than you would if you bought it at Starbucks. You’ll also make a better cup of coffee too.

5. Use free/open source software. I haven’t bought software for my computer in almost 3 years. I can find a free version that has 80% of the features in commercial software and get by just fine. The biggest single software expense for most people is Microsoft Office. If you must have it, get Office 365 Home. $99 a year lets you install it on up to 5 computers.

What are some ways you’ve found to save money for your tech? Leave a comment below.

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