View Poll Results: What is your main source for buying homeschool materials?

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  • Directly from the publisher

    5 12.50%
  • Online retail warehouses (Amazon/B&N/etc)

    21 52.50%
  • Used online homeschool warehouses/sites (Ebay/The Swap/etc)

    3 7.50%
  • Local retailers and bookstores

    1 2.50%
  • Local used bookstores or sales (yard sales/co-op sales/etc.)

    2 5.00%
  • Curriculum fairs

    1 2.50%
  • Other (please respond in the comments)

    7 17.50%
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    Default Weekly Poll: What is your main source for buying homeschool materials?

    I've felt pretty doggone fortunate for the past few years in the curriculum department. Our Time4Learning program included everything we needed for math and language arts, and we simply had to supplement (usually with free stuff online) for other materials. But once my youngest had aged out of T4L (except for Algebra this year) it was back to the curriculum grindstone. Grrr. We're very interest-led, so a lot of our materials come from whatever we are studying at the time. Otherwise, we check Homeschool Buyers Co-op for deals, try to buy local books, or fall back on the Amazon.com bandwagon.

    I know homeschoolers buy materials all over the place...and the biggest response, if I had included it, would more than likely be: "Wherever they are the cheapest!!" But if you had to choose one MAIN source where you buy the majority of your materials from, what would it be?
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    I'd love to spend the time to find bargains, but honestly, I'm just keeping my head above water. I look for reviews of the items I'm interested in, then go to B&N, usually, to buy it. I'm a member, so I save some on the price and on shipping. Otherwise, we use free online and library resources.
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    I said "other" because we bought so few books for this year, about 8 for actual curriculum. We ordered math workbooks from Sonlight (got the texbooks used from another homeschooler in town), a few books that we would need throughout the year or for multiple years from Amazon, and found a couple at our local used bookstore. The vast majority are from the library. I look forward to reading other folks' responses, though. I'm sure I'll be ordering books in the future, especially when I try to tackle science and history in a more organized fashion.

    For non-book materials, I've had great luck at the Dollar Store--pads of paper lined for handwriting practice, workbooks for random subjects like telling time and counting money, story starters, a wall calendar, office supplies, etc.
    Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 8.5 and son age 10.

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    Our only bookstore doesn't carry any curriculum items and has a very limited offering of books, so we order from Amazon when we visit family in the States and pick it up there. Otherwise we rely on the library (which is almost as limiting as the bookstore). It's really hard to get organized in advance; even ordering books from other libraries in the province can take a month or more. I was glad I could download Math Mammoth and print it out at home to avoid the crazy high prices of getting things shipped. For daily stuff--paper, ink, school supplies--we get from Target when we're down in Maine.
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    I have to admit- I'm a currclick junkie. I have an overall outline of what needs to be done whatever month of the year and then I like to supplement whatever reflects what the kids are interested in at the moment. Also their *helpful* newsletters shouting NEW NEW NEW can spur some impulse shopping. I also pick up books and workbooks from Ebay, paperback swap, local used bookstores and the big chain bookstores.
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    I guess I get most things from Amazon or B&N. I haven't purchased a lot so far except books since I'm a book-junkie - I have a bunch of different encyclopedias, DK books, etc. What curriculum I have bought - SOTW & activity guide from Amazon but pdf student pages from the publisher; ETC - Amazon; AAS - publisher. I've bought a few things directly from Evan Moor and plan to get RSO direct from Pandia. I bought the RS Abacus and activity book from the publisher but we're not using it anymore.

    Hmmm, I seem pretty even between retail and publishers if you don't count books.
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    It depends on what materials we're talking about. I buy a lot from Rainbow Resource. A good portion of the arts & crafts materials, I buy at Oreintal Trading or local craft stores. Regular books generally come from B&N, Bookcloseouts, or local bookshops. Science tools & materials often come from Home Science Tools or Edmund Scientific.

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    Online from Australian homeschool suppliers and from independent book shops.

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    I put "Directly from the publisher" because I got my main curriculum from Calvert. Though I buy workbooks and other books from Barnes and Noble, I have the educator discount card there and I keep getting awesome coupons in my email for them.
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    I do a lot of shopping online, and this year I was able to buy supplies from a local shop that went out of business. I don't know what I will do in the future as we are ever evolving in this process.
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