Since we started home ed the third most common question (after the one about socialisation and the one about my sanity!) is “how much does it cost?”
Well the answer is that annoying rhetorical “how long is a piece of string?” We don’t have a specific home ed budget but we do budget in general, so our home ed funds have to come out of our weekly funds for food, fuel and all social/sporting activities.
Obviously it varies from week to week, and I think we’ve got costs down significantly since we started home ed due to the fact that in the beginning you want to attend everything, but our weeks can include:
Monday social group and hula hooping for the big Ps £5
Tuesday alternate pony club for the big Ps £10 or trips to museums on the train £5
Wednesday social group £4 and alternate band or recorders for Poppet £20 per term
Friday Forest school monthly £10
Obviously on top of this we have the fuel to get to these places and the inevitable extra food costs of having everyone at home full time. We also spend a small amount on extra resources like some felt for the sewing that we did today, but to be honest I bought these sorts of things even when the Ps were at school.
We luckily don’t have the costs of uniform, shoes, school trips, keeping up with other kids…
But I guess the biggest cost is the fact that I can’t really work and home educate, although we are trying to find ways to make this possible, so any bright ideas would be appreciated!