What Does Homeschool Cost: Things No One Told Me

No one wants to declare the definitive costs around homeschooling. Um, why? Is there a secret?

Well, no. It’s because every family values different things and determines what they want to spend based on their present circumstances and their homeschool approach.


What Does Homeschool Cost Things No One Told Me

You knew it would cost money to clothe your baby in the cutest fashions. Ever feel peer-pressured to show your wee baby bundle that you truly loved her by dressing her in Baby Gap? When you start out, there’s also the cradle, the mommy wrap, the reusable floral diapers, the Fisher Price Little People, later comes the Lego, the Barbies, the Kinex, the dress-up clothes, the miniature kitchen, the basketballs, the hockey equipment, the dance costumes….you fill in the blank.


But did anyone tell you of the extra expenses a homeschooling family incurs?

Surprise, it isn’t just books. Well it doesn’t have to be books. It probably is a LOT of books, but you could find those at the library.

No, it’s not the extracurricular paraphernalia for the extra activities you didn’t imagine you’d have time for, but you do.

Rather, the unexpected costs incurred are these…

  1. Since you have increased time in the kitchen, you also have more glasses broken…
  2. And the kitchen floor tiles that get broken along with the glasses…
  3. Oh and the plates don’t want to be forgotten…
  4. There are library books that fall behind beds, get lost, get ripped, get written on by toddlers, get chewed by the imaginary dog, so a whole lot more library late fines.
  5. Carpet wear and tear increases as you do breakout dance parties and use the family room as your school gym,
  6. Your family screens get even more regular use, your school “tech”,
  7. There are repeat trips to the pencil store, when in reality, you could have checked under the sofa cushions…
  8. And since you’re checking under the sofa cushions, you’ll also discover a nest of erasers, legos, and random cracker bits,
  9. More clothing wear and tear because they get thrown into the laundry three times a day–why hang it up when mom can wash it?
  10. But really, not “clothing”, rather, sweatpants, joggers, pyjamas…
  11. A freezer that gets unplugged, and it’s hundreds of dollars of meat defrosted, because someone was playing house behind and it was too loud for their play…
  12. The minivan smashed because we were parked at a public park during school hours when a teenager was skipping school and quickly made his exit…
  13. Oh and also autobody damage caused by the four year old who found the minivan keys, turned on the ignition and flipped it into reverse to make his exit, instead breaking the neighbour’s white picket fence…

If I calculate the incurred expenses…well, homeschooling can be very, VERY expensive.

Rather, I’ll think of it as a long-term emotional investment…since there won’t be any cash invetment in the bank.


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