Thursday, July 21, 2011

Homeschool Buyers Co-op

It may be the middle of summer, but many homeschoolers are beginning to plan their curricula for the upcoming school year.

Seemingly endless choices parade before their eyes, as catalogs arrive in mailboxes, companies exhibit at conferences, and other homeschoolers post rave reviews of products they've used. Once a parent sorts through all this and decides what to use, sticker-shock hits. Who knew homeschooling could be so expensive?


In comes the Homeschool Buyers Co-op to the rescue! Using the purchasing power of over 67,000 homeschooling families, the Homeschool Buyers Co-op offers steeply discounted materials and courses.

Joining the Co-op is free and easy. Just register on their site. You can then peruse the many categories and products they currently have on offer. You will also start receiving a periodic e-newsletter announcing current and upcoming deals, as well as free curriculum discoveries by Diane Flynn Keith.

Once you find a product you want to purchase, you'll notice that it has price points, depending on how many people order. The more people who order, the greater the discount: sometimes up to 90 percent! You decide which price you're willing to pay. Once the number of buyers reaches that level, that price goes into effect. If more buyers step up, pushing the price even lower, you get the lower price.

The Homeschooler Buyers Co-op charges a small processing fee on each order (a few dollars), which does not reduce the value of the service in any way.

In addition to pooling together the buying power of homeschoolers, the Homeschool Buyers Co-op offers free homeschool ID cards, SmartPoints for purchases made, free curricula, and other money-saving ideas.

You can learn more about the Homeschool Buyers Co-op at http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/homeschool-curriculum/, on Facebook, and on YouTube.

Article by Sarah J. Wilson

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