If you know you're homeschooling next year, now is the time to look into what curriculum you want to use. And it's time to buy!
Spring is when many homeschool curriculum companies have their items on sale. I just got a catalog in the mail from
Christianbook.com - "Homeschool SALE!" emblazoned across the top.
is a pretty good place to peruse several different curriculums, and they usually have some of the best prices around. (I especially like to browse through their really cheap clearance section. Very worth taking a look at!) As an example of why you want to buy soon: In April,
Christianbook.com has Alpha Omega products (like Horizons, LifePac and Switched-on Schoolhouse) for 20% off. That's a pretty good deal, because when it comes to May, they go down to 15% off... and in June, they're only 10% off.
So you can see - you'll want to start buying soon to save money. But try to know what you really want to get, otherwise, you buy something in a hurry just to get a good deal and if it ends up not working for you, then you'll end up spending more money on other curriculum... So know what you want.
In trying to figure out a good match for curriculum, you can attend a local homeschool convention to see the books. If there aren't any conventions nearby, and if you're like me and need visuals to see if something works for you, many of the companies will have sample pages you can download or otherwise view online.
At any rate - it's time for the good deals! I'll try to post them as I find them!