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"Latest and Greatest" vs. "Tried and True"

I'm going to write a short article about this in my next newsletter, but I can't resist mentioning it here as well.  Here is an example on how to save money on curriculum.

Latest and Greatest:

Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd Edition Full Course on CD-ROM
For $50 you can buy the latest and greatest version of this popular curriculum.

Tried and True:

Exploring Creation With Biology - 1st Edition
For only $8, you can buy the original Exploring Creation with Biology textbook.  When it first came out, it was considered one of the best homeschool curriculum out there.  Although there is a newer version, with brighter pictures, it is still good material.  If you really need to save money, you can use older additions of great curriculum.

When you are searching for ways to save money, look for "tried and true" instead of "latest and greatest" and you can save a bundle!



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Comments 2

Guest - Lee (website) on Wednesday, 16 July 2008 06:22

Hi Christy,
I think it helps to focus on that phrase you used "award winning curriculum." So many of the things we pass over may be WONDERFUL choices, we're just searching for new things. It's fine to want the new versions, but if you're really needing to save money, then searching for the older version of a wonderful curriculum can save big money.

You know the right choice for your kids, but I can't help giving my opinion. As a nurse, my vote goes for the microscope :-) I had SO much fun playing with our microscope when the kids were in high school!

Blessings,
Lee

Hi Christy, I think it helps to focus on that phrase you used "award winning curriculum." So many of the things we pass over may be WONDERFUL choices, we're just searching for new things. It's fine to want the new versions, but if you're really needing to save money, then searching for the older version of a wonderful curriculum can save big money. You know the right choice for your kids, but I can't help giving my opinion. As a nurse, my vote goes for the microscope :-) I had SO much fun playing with our microscope when the kids were in high school! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Christy (website) on Wednesday, 16 July 2008 06:02

Yes. I use TOG as our main curriculum. They are in the process of redesigning it, which is great. The redesign is much more user friendly. I notice on the boards and email groups there is a frenzy about only buying the new. When the Classic is still an award winning curriculum.
We have two years of classic. I will buy two more year, redesign. We'll have to see if I become spoiled to the new after using it two years and buy Redesign for the years I already own, or if I will put curriculum money toward a really nice microscope

Yes. I use TOG as our main curriculum. They are in the process of redesigning it, which is great. The redesign is much more user friendly. I notice on the boards and email groups there is a frenzy about only buying the new. When the Classic is still an award winning curriculum. We have two years of classic. I will buy two more year, redesign. We'll have to see if I become spoiled to the new after using it two years and buy Redesign for the years I already own, or if I will put curriculum money toward a really nice microscope :)
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