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Frugal Homeschooling ~ The Adventure of Used Book Sales

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Are you buying all new curriculum and books each year? Do you wonder, in this fluctuating economy, with salary reductions and job layoffs rampant, food prices creeping up weekly, fuel costs all over the map, how you are going to afford homeschooling this next year?


The next two columns in “There’s No Place Like Homeschool” are going to deal with Frugal Homeschooling, an idea near and dear to my heart, so be sure to check back next month for more money saving ideas!  You can always sign up for my free newsletter at for a great moneysaving email each month!


We all want to give our children the best education possible, with the best books, curricula, games, toys, etc. Attending homeschool conferences each year keeps us wanting to buy the newest, latest, greatest, new cover out there. Opening emails from our favorite publishers and magazines keeps us wanting new things, but is there a frugal alternative?


Absolutely! Why pay full price for educating your kids at home, especially in a slow economy, when there is a world of opportunity out there with a frugal homeschoolers secret weapon, the Used Book & Curriculum Sales!


5 Tips to Help You Get the Most out of the Used Book & Curriculum Sale


The first tip to make every dollar work harder is to make a list of what you are going to need the following year. Just like shopping for groceries, write it all down, both the absolute must haves, kids interests that year, pulling together a unique wish list. Like a shopping list, this will  help you stay clear and focused, helping you avoid the curse of the homeschool mom, buying duplicates, and passing up books that you “think” you have, but don’t and end up paying full price for later. A wish list has it all there and helps you navigate the aisles, grabbing up the great deals and avoiding temptation! Don’t forget to put books on the list that will encourage Mom too, especially the homeschool help books often sold very affordably at used curriculum sales!


Second: Check out which of these books on your list you can get at the local library! Yes, the library, packed with books, video, music and inter-library loan is the single best resource for the frugal homeschooler. Figure out what books you can get at the library and can live without purchasing. The library also has used book sales, a phenomenal way for homeschoolers to get great books for their home libraries.


Third: Go through your books to determine what you have finished using. As kids graduate and grow older, you can resell books no longer needed. As you purge books, think about your children. What are their personalities, interests, and bents? Will you need this book again? Should you save it for younger kids? Or has it served its purpose and it is time to recycle and let it go on to another family at a great price?


Fourth: Save tons of money by going to used book sales and both selling and buying for the next school year! Selling books is easy, you would be amazed at how many people will want what you have. Throw what you no longer need on a table, and you can often make enough money to buy used what is on your wish list for next year.


Five: Check your list twice, marking off books you need, and books you have. Stash an extra copy in the car, until the Used Book Sale season is over.


There are tons of GREAT used book and curriculum sales in the Tri-Cities area, so put them on your calendar and plan to check out the website, especially if you plan to sell (some have different rules and ways of selling, others you just show up with books and sell)


All of these will be listed on my blog, with live links and more information as it unfolds. Homeschoolers tend to put information out closer to the date, and I am writing this a month EARLY, so you can put it on your calendar!


Local Homeschool Curriculum and Used Book Sales

  • GraceEducators in Abingdon, VA will hold their sale on Monday, May 4th, at 7pm Pleasant View United Methodist Church in Abingdon. This is well worth the drive! It is easy to buy and sell.


  • KACHEA in Kingsport will be holding their sale on Monday, May 18th at Bloomingdale Baptist Church on Bloomingdale Rd in Kingsport. Set up will begin at 5 and selling will be from 6-8. KACHEA has a great sale every year, with tons of bargains! It is easy to buy and sell.


  • The NETHEA/Used Book Curriculum Sale has the largest sale by far in the Tri-Cities. It is a huge operation and has some rules to make things run smoother for buyers and sellers, so you will definitely want to check out their website to make sure you can sell. Buyers just show up early on Saturday, May 30th to a huge gym full of books.


Library Used Book Sales (Contact the library for more information.)


Be sure to attend at least one to get the 2009-2010 school year off to a fantastically frugal start. Confirm dates and times and more shopping tips on my blog Don’t forget to read the column next month for more Frugal Homeschooling ideas.


Knoxville Area Sales! Only 2 hours away!


If anyone wants to sell:  As long as their books are labeled for the NETHEA sale, this same label with the number will work for these 2 fairs.  Those that sell will register their code number just like they do with NETHEA. So they need not have to relabel their books.

Who:  SMHEA  (Smoky Mountain Home Education Assoc.)

What:  Used Curriculum Sale
When:   May 9, 2009
Where:   Knoxville Christian School
Times:   10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Physical Address:  11549 Snyder Road, Farragut, TN  37932
Can you sell?:  Yes  (Check info at <> under Events or call 865-671-3059).  Drop off will be Friday, May 8, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  NOTE:  You might wait a day on the web site.  They are still getting the info edited to put on it.


Who:   BHEA (Blount Home Education Assoc.)
What:  Used Curriculum Sale
When:  May 16, 2009
Where:   Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Fellowship Hall
Times:  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Physical Address:  860 Louisville Rd., Alcoa, TN  37701
Can you sell?:  Yes (go to <> for more info).  Drop off is Friday, May 15, 2009, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

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‘Minor’ head injuries can turn serious rapidly, experts say

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Food for thought. We were rear ended last week. My daughter Emily has had some strange neurological symptoms SINCE then. We took her to the ER and took her to the eye doctor – all tests showed nothing wrong. There is no answer for what is going on – and it is slowly resolving.

We felt a little silly going to the ER, and getting the eye check with her eye doctor, and I had this inner battle going on of “frivolous” waste (the police officer did not want to even write it up. In TN you can write up a “Traffic Accident Report” if you think it is less than $500. He was sure there was no damage and kept telling me nothing was wrong. It took 4 days to write the report. Note – I am in no way blaming this officer – merely pointing out facts) The car ended up with $1000 in damage and we have mounting doctor bills, co-pays, scans and expenses, from what seemed at first like a little “nothing event” as we left Sam’s Club. I am so thankful that I insisted we “write it up.”

As I read about brain injury, first with Five in a Row Steve Lambert’s recent fall on the ice, his brain trauma that showed up a month later, then Natasha Richardson’s simple fall, then death, I am convicted that it was ABSOLUTELY the RIGHT thing to do. But I really truly struggled with this entire thing, and felt like I was whining and dragging her around to be safe. And the officer who dealt with our accident completely dismissed anything being wrong, so you can add “disobeying authority” and “feeling like an insurance cheat” for even GOING to the doctor on top of it.  I did not want to be thought of as being frivolous or wasting the insurance company’s money, for such a “minor event.”

I am simply writing this as food for thought and sending this article on so you will prayerfully consider what to do in a similar situation. We can brush these “minor” things off in our children, or ourselves, and they can be serious. We can also bow to the authority standing in front of us, whether that is a police officer, doctor, or insurance rep. We need to be an advocate standing up for those we love.

Emily’s injuries appear to be minor, by God’s sovereign grace. Lord willing, they will totally resolve with time.  I send this as an encouragement to YOU to prayerfully seek treatment after a “minor” accident to the head, or even “possibly” hitting the head, especially with pain or any strange neurological signs. Better safe than sorry.

This is an excellent video that easily describes a “minor” accident and what happens to the brain and more on brain injuries below.


‘Minor’ head injuries can turn serious rapidly, experts say

By Danielle Dellorto
CNN Medical Producer

 (CNN) — A blow to the head that at first seems minor and does not result in immediate pain or other symptoms can in fact turn out to be a life-threatening brain injury, experts tell CNN.

Immediate treatment is essential after a brain injury because damage caused by swelling is often irreversible.

Immediate treatment is essential after a brain injury because damage caused by swelling is often irreversible.

It’s very common for someone who’s had a fall or been in a car accident to appear perfectly lucid just after the impact but then to suddenly, rapidly deteriorate, Dr. Carmelo Graffagnino, director of Duke University Medical Center‘s Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, told CNN.

Actress Natasha Richardson was talking and joking after she fell Monday during a beginner ski lesson, according to officials at the Canadian resort where she was staying. But soon after she returned to her room she complained of head pain and was taken to a nearby hospital, then to a larger medical center in Montreal. She was flown by private jet Tuesday to a New York hospital. She died Wednesday, according to a family statement.

“A patient can appear so deceivingly normal at first,” said Graffagnino, director of Duke University Medical Center‘s Neurosciences Critical Care Unit. “But they actually have a brain bleed and as the pressure builds up, they’ll experience classic symptoms of a traumatic brain injury.”

Such injuries are known as epidural hemorrhage. Blood gets trapped between the skull and the hard layer of skin between the bone and brain, known as the dura mater. As the blood flows from the ruptured artery, the fluid builds and punctures the dura.

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Patients are often unaware they’ve fractured their skull. In these cases, the fracture generally occurs just above the ear, in the temporal bone. “There is an artery that runs above the skull and can get torn and begin to bleed above the lining of the brain.” Graffagnino says.

“At that point all the pressure is pushed on the brain, causing it to swell but there is often no room for it to move inside the skull cavity. And as the pressure continues, it reduces blood flow to the brain and a patient would begin to feel the symptoms.”

The condition is commonly referred to as “talk and die” syndrome among neuroscience physicians and surgeons, because the patient can decline so rapidly.

Graffagnino says the initial fall or injury doesn’t have to be hard at all. The delay in symptoms can range from five minutes to three hours after the accident.

If an individual isn’t medically evaluated after a car accident, sports injury, or just a slip in the driveway, recognizing the signs brain injury early is critical. Nausea, severe headache, glossy eyes, sudden sleepiness, are all common symptoms. Getting to a hospital within the first few hours is critical to prevent permanent brain damage, experts say. An emergency room team can quickly determine the severity of your injury. An emergency craniotomy — opening of the skull — surgery is often needed to stop the bleeding and control brain swelling.

Immediate treatment is essential after a brain injury because the initial damage caused by swelling often is irreversible.

“One of the things we teach to trauma teams, is if a group of people are in a car crash and someone dies, we have to assume everyone else has serious injuries–even if they look good, and say they feel totally fine,” Graffagnino said.

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Certain medications can increase a person’s risk for hemorrhages, especially for the elderly. Doctors say even a small bump on the head can be dangerous for patients taking blood thinners, among other prescription drugs.

“Talk and die” syndrome also can result from a subdural bleed, which develops between the brain and the dura. These bleeds can “squish the brain,” Graffagnino said, and cause injury at a slower rate. A person can often feel normal for several days before feeling any symptoms.

“You don’t have to see external injury to have injury to the brain,” said Dr Philip Stieg, chair of neurosurgery at NYP/Weill Cornell. To evaluate a person’s response after a minor trauma, Stieg recommends checking the size of their pupils and asking questions such as the patient’s name and what year it is. In the hours following, Stieg recommends monitoring the person’s cognitive skills and to “bring them in to get a CAT scan” if there is a change in behavior.

The brain also can be bruised after an accident, leaving patients with no symptoms or signs of a bleed at first glance. But the nerves surrounding the bruise can begin to stretch, causing what is known as an axonal injury. “The brain is like Jell-O. Imagine if you dropped a bowl of Jell-O on the floor and it looks intact at first but when you examine it really close, you can see it has teeny tiny cracks all in it,” Graffagnino said. “Well the brain can have these tiny cracks that don’t show up on initial CAT scan but will develop into problems down the line.”

Once surgeons stop a brain bleed, the next step is to monitor brain activity and check for permanent damage. A patient typically spends up to a month in a neuro-ICU. Patients who survive often spend the next several years in physical and cognitive therapy to regain function, according to experts.

“The most important thing to do to lower your risk is to wear a helmet when you can, and don’t brush off an injury because you feel ‘fine’ at first,” Graffagnino said. “The thing that’s going to save a life is for friends and relatives to recognize the first glimmer of a symptom. The quicker we can stop the bleed, the better.”

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Herbed Feta Burgers with Green Onions

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Inspired by a Burger Cookoff we watched yesterday, while at the Holston Valley Medical Center ER! Gotta use your time wisely, as you wait for the Dr.!

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (I used sun-dried tomato and basil)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped

Combine all of the ingredients above. Mix well to make sure spices are well distributed throughout the meat  mixture. Shape into patties and fry on a grill or BBQ until desired doneness!
Serve on top of spinach for an Anti-Inflammatory treat that is super low carb and GF!

Or serve on a bun with all the fixins!

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Maximum Impact Simulcast ~ Tri-Cities Tennessee ~ May 8, 2009

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Maximum Impact – 2009

“Leadership That Inspires”
Friday, May 8
On Friday, May 8, Tri-Cities Baptist Church joins over 500 other satellite locations across America to host the LIVE 2009 Maximum Impact Simulcast broadcast, “Leadership That Inspires”. This annual leadership event is a rich source of ideas, insights, and strategies for truly effective leadership – translating leadership dilemmas into basic principles and memorable lessons that you can apply in your daily work. The 2009 lineup features ten great leaders of our time – including John Maxwell, Tony Blair, Kevin Carroll, Liz Murray, and Linda Kaplan Thaler.

We invite you to take advantage of an unparalleled opportunity to tap into the wisdom and experience of these experts while simultaneously developing relationships with other local business profession-als. This event is unsurpassed in credibility, applicable content, and cost-effectiveness. It truly is a “must-attend” training opportunity for people in all stages of their leadership journey.

Click here for detailed information on the simulcast, a list of local cosponsors, speaker bios, and information on how you can register and take advantage of early bird discounts!

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Quote of the Day!

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God examines both rich and poor, not according to their lands and houses, but according to the riches of their hearts.

– St. Augustine of Hippo

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