Deals and Discounts for Homeschoolers and Families

As I filter through the interwebs I share deals that families – homeschool and others – can use.

My finds. Let me show them to you…

Looking for some discounts and deals to help stretch your homeschooling dollars?

Check out the Barnes & Noble Educator Program! Save 20% off list price for all classroom (or homeschool) purchases with the B&N Educator Program. During special educator weeks, save up to 25%. You’ll need to have proof of your homeschooling, so check with your local store to get set up.

** TRANSCRIPTS for Homeschooled Students :

Fast Transcripts gives homeschool parents the ability to create professional high school transcripts with error-free GPA calculation.
Cost is only $16 ($12 for HSLDA members).

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Each year, Smithsonian Magazine partners with museums across the country to present Museum Day Live, where you can visit participating venues for free. You must have a ticket, which you can download from the Smithsonian website. Only one ticket may be downloaded per household, and each ticket can be used for two people (all other accompanying people from the same household are charged regular price). There are many participating museums across the country, but watch the listings because some of them are free everyday. Visit the FAQ page for more info.


Dave Ramsey’s Guide to Budgeting – free when you join his email list. A budget is the key to taking control of your money. With a solid spending plan, you can get out of debt, invest, give to others, and have more fun with money than you ever thought possible. It all starts with the budget, and it all starts with you. So get started today!

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The Federal Reserve’s online tools offered on their website provide a wealth of information (pun intended) in the areas of economics, banking, and financial services.

  • Federal Reserve Education Resources include publications, videos, online learning, and links economic education web sites.
  • Fed 101 is an interactive site that provides an overview of the history and organization of the Federal Reserve System, monetary policy and federal regulations.
  • Personal Financial Education includes information on topics such as consumer banking, consumer protection, homes and mortgages, interest rates, loans, and credit.
  • Teacher Resources, provides a search tool to allow teachers to locate Federal Reserve System education materials that meet national education standards for incorporation in their lesson plans. The resources on the site include comic books, brochures, teaching guides, magazines and newsletters on a variety of financial education topics.


The US Currency Education Program has educational tools and resources that can be downloaded for free.

Howl! Great Wolf in Wisconsin Dells
, WI has an offer for you…

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Here is the opportunity to sit back and relax enjoying the Waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells while making memories with the ones who you love. We will do all the work to greatwolf dells homeschool 2013give the home schooled children and their families the chance to vacation with us in a privately exclusive environment. Our Waterpark and Lodge is only accessible to our guests who choose to stay with us here at the Great Wolf Lodge Wisconsin Dells, WI. Additionally all of our Room Style Suites are accompanied with small fridges, microwaves, personal mini bar sinks, and patios/balconies.  Within the flyer are specific rates on select room styles t
hat offer accommodation for up to six guests as well as Waterpark passes. The Promotional Code “Home” may be used to make your reservation on the provided available dates via online or over the phone. If you may have any further questions or concerns I would be pleased to assist you with them.
Until Next Time Keep Howling!
Marty Johnson, Sales Manager, Great Wolf Lodge
1400 Great Wolf Drive PO Box 50|Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Direct: 608-678-5013  Email:

Homeschooler 2013 Flyer Final


Southwest Wisconsin Homeschools is on Pinterest!!!


Low cost high speed internet
If your household income would qualify your child for free/reduced school lunches under the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) and you are in an area served by Comcast – you may qualify for Internet Essentials, which includes:

  • Fast home Internet for just $9.95 a month + tax
  • No price increases, no activation fees and no equipment rental fees
  • A computer available at initial enrollment for just $149.99 + tax
  • Access to free Internet training – online, in print and in person

Children do not have to attend public school to qualify for the free lunch program, and need only to be approved for free lunches (not necessarily use the free lunches) from the NSLP to meet that requirement of Internet Essentials. Visit the website to learn more about the program and see if you qualify. To learn more about the NSLP, visit their website.

(Thanks to TheHomeSchoolMom for this information.)
Comcast Service areas available in Wisconsin


Six Flags Great America Homeschool Day

Look on the Events page of their website at or contact them by phone: (847) 249-INFO (4636) during our office hours (10am-2pm), Monday through Friday.


“Mashed Potatoes: A Little Brother Story” is now available as a Kindle-ready book (available through Amazon for $1.99).

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Homeschool Freebie of the Day”!

What kind of “freebies”?
 Stuff like: Unit Studies… Ebooks… Audio Programs… Games… Samples… Lesson Plans… classic books… and other quality resources! Every weekday!

This is the REAL THING. Many of these will be products that you would normally pay for on regular websites… but on Homeschool Freebie of the Day, they’re 100% free… at least for that one day! Just download your copy and enjoy! It’s as simple as that!

Get on their email list and you’ll get exclusive BONUS resources that are not posted on their site.   You’re gonna LOVE what they’ve got for you!

Kids Bowl Free Nationwide Summer Bowling Program – offered annually.

Age Requirements are determined by each individual Bowling Center as part of the Terms and Conditions.
For most locations, the free deal is good for children 15 years and under.
Check the site to see the participating locations. They’re all over Wisconsin — from Milwaukee to Madison to Sparta and Platteville!

Marcus Theatres® “Kids Dream”


KIDS DREAM SUMMER FILM SERIES View favorite family flicks for $3 Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10AM.

Marcus Theatres® “Kids Dream” family oriented film series at select theatre locations.

Originally beginning in 2002 as “Kids Rule” for the summer and “Frosty Flicks” for the winter, this family film series usually includes a good mix of newer movies and some old favorites. Movies should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. Check out the movies, times, and locations HERE !

You can snag two FREE tickets to your choice of this year’s titles by visiting a participating agent at American Family Insurance! If you cant make it to your local agents office, just click here!


The Home Scholar has lots of free resources.
You’ll find free webinars, reports, and articles to help you.

Click here for her freebie page!

That’s it for now. Check back  occasionally, as I will update this page when I find something new.    
Questions, comments, etc. drop me a line.
swischomeschools – at – gmail – dot – com