in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and

   going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all     things through Him who strengthens me.  


Part of the secret in "getting along with humble means" is learning how to cut corners - how to live with less than sometimes we think we need. I have two suggestions for this. The first is curriculum sharing. I wanted to use a particular series with my daughter next year, but knew I just couldn’t afford it. One of my best friends, unbeknownst to me, used this same curriculum this year, and in a conversation last week graciously offered to let me use it for the coming school year. What a blessing.


My second suggestion is to buy and sell used curriculum. Many support groups and state organizations have used curriculum sales. I have to admit that I don’t think I have ever sold a book in my 18 years of home schooling. For some reason, I can’t stand to part with them. Now I keep thinking I might need them for the grandchildren - even though none of my kids are married yet! (I think I need to read a Don Aslett book on clutter - but that’s another article.)


I thought it might be fun for those who don’t have an outlet for buying or selling used curriculum to try two different options at


The first is to use the Classifieds. It is easy to do. The directions are fairly self-explanatory. The only other thing I would mention would be under "Category" to choose "Merchandise" rather than "Education." "Education" makes more sense, but it is not equipped to handle the choices we need. When you click on "Merchandise," you will have several choices. "Miscellaneous" is always a good choice, and there is also a "Wanted to Buy" section.  


Secondly, at the bottom of this article is an automatic link to Forums which says,  "You can discuss this article with other viewers here." If you click on the word "here," you will be linked to a discussion on this article. If you can’t figure out the “Classifieds area” or you want people to know you posted something there, you can write all about in Forums.