Did you know that many stores, museums, and activity centers offer homeschoolers a discount? I first heard of a homeschool discount at Barnes & Noble. They offer a teacher discount for regular priced purchases and the clerk asked if I was teacher (based on the type and amount of books I was buying!) I replied “No, just a homeschool mom!” She then asked if I had the homeschool discount card. Mind blown…I hadn’t thought of the possibility that places offering a teacher or education discount would also extend that to homeschooling families! The Barnes & Noble process was to simply show them my NOI for the year and I received the educator’s discount card. Now I carry a copy of my NOI in my purse along with a homeschool ID badge. The badge simply works in place of the NOI many places.
Having your homeschool ID card or proof of being a homeschooler is especially handy when shopping for school supplies, visiting places like the zoo or museums and when you are participating in homeschool designated days in your community. Each year when I prep our homeschool portfolios, I create our ID badges for the year.
You could create your own ID badges but here are a few websites that have templates or offer badges for purchase.
Homeschool Buyers Co-Op
Homeschool Buyers Co-Op is a membership site that offers homeschool families discounts on curriculum, supplies, memberships and more. Membership is free and you can create and download a free homeschool ID badge from their site. They also offer a printing service for the badges for $7.95.
The HSLDA offers a customize homeschool student and teacher badge options for it’s members. The badges are $9.99 and are printed on a credit card type hard plastic material. These badges prove membership with HSLDA and provide their contact info on the back in case you are using the badge for verification purposes.
Big Huge Labs
If you’re printing your own badge at home, you’ll want to ensure you use materials that will keep your badge intact for the entire school year. I suggest printing on heavy weight paper or cardstock and then laminating your badge.