(That's $60.18 in American dollars.)
I just ordered three books for The Apprentice's ninth grade English and social studies courses, averaging $20 apiece. Plus tax. Plus shipping from a homeschool vendor. Are they big fat math books? No, I'm trying to get one of those used (plus we're going to start with Algebra Unplugged, from the library). Are they large grammar books? No, I got a grammar handbook at a yard sale for under a dollar. These are the kind of books that are hard to find used, aren't in the public library, and aren't available as e-texts. $72.65 for three not-very-big books.
Is this inconsistent with our usual thrifty squirreliness (or is that squirrely thriftiness)? Is it dumb to spend this much money on three new paperback books? What about all the people out there who say that they spent almost nothing for this year's curriculum? (And I already spent $100 on a science book, and about the same amount on a combination of other things, mostly used.) Should it be a principle of modest-income homeschooling that you always try to do the most for the least? Does that mean three twenty-dollar books plus tax and shipping (that equals almost half a week's grocery trip for us) are a mistake? Is this something to grouse about?
However, I could have also blown about $40 on some Mary Engelbreit posters and a teacher's plan book at the overpriced teacher's supply store (on a rare mall trip with Mr. Fixit while the Squirrelings were at Vacation Bible School this week). I did not, mainly because I knew we were going to be ordering The Apprentice's books, and because I knew a good place online to download free planning sheets.
Or I could have spent the same money on the list of school supplies that would probably be demanded of us if our children were heading back to public school.
And what are the books?
1. Whatever Happened to Justice, by Richard Maybury.
2. Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves, a retelling of Spenser's Faerie Queen Book I.
3. The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets, by Suzanne Clark.
If Poetry and Justice can be bought for $72.65, Mama Squirrel considers that the bargain of a lifetime. And that's all.