The truth is, I'm not cheap about most things. However, if there is a way to get around spending some cash on something, I'll do it.
For example, I buy A Beka materials used. But, you can't buy the consumable stuff like workbooks or tests used. So I buy the workbooks new from A Beka's website. I buy the test answer keys used, if I can find them. This year I had no luck with that, so I bought the math tests and test answer key new too. Truthfully, I could just buy the tests for math and work the problems myself to grade them, but that would take a long time, so I bought both new.
Language Arts is kind of different. I bought the answer key, but decided to save the extra $8 or so by just planning to type out all the tests myself. Now, I'm a fast typist, but it takes a good 20 minutes or so to type those tests up.
When it takes me longer to type the test than it takes my son to take the test. Well . . . something's just not right about that.
As I was typing Evan's exam today, I decided next year I will spring for the $8. Hey, even if it's $10, I'm gonna spend it.
Oh, man! I just looked at the website and the test book is $4.75!
That just makes me sad. What was I thinking?
I wonder if Santa will bring it to me for Christmas. :)
6 years ago