In my opinion, everyone who homeschools should have a free subscription to the Homeschool Buyers Co-op! It’s free to join, so you have nothing to lose. You can get notice of special group buys, special purchases, FREE items, trials, and access to their e-book store (you can pay for discounts there, too).
Not only does HSBC bring you great deals on many different homeschool curricula and online sites, but they also have FREE classifieds, a field trip list, special member discounts to a variety of stores and magazines.
Before you purchase any online access subscription, or even a printed curriculum or audio-visual item, always check with HSBC first to see if you can get a member discount. You can also choose what level of discount you’re willing to pay. Say there are five levels of discounts for an item: 10% off, 20%, 30%, 40% & 50%. If you cannot spend more than 50% of the “retail” price, then when you “purchase” an item, you can say you will not buy it unless it gets down to that price. If HSBC only gets enough members purchasing for the 40% discount, your order will not go through. Or you have the option of still purchasing for the 40% off. Not all group buys have this feature, as it depends on the publisher, but very many do.
I couldn’t homeschool on the budget I have without the help of HSBC!