Today I went to the last used book/curriculum sale in our area (that I'm aware of). I've been quite discouraged that I haven't found ANY of the books I need for this coming school year on the used market. I'm trying to watch money very carefully this year, as I'm sure everyone is in this economy, and I was hoping beyond hope to find a few things. I will be going to the Southeast Homeschool Expo next month, and that will be my last chance to find some good deals before I have to click "place order" at amazon.
One thing I did find today was a set for Right Start Level C - the teacher's manual and the student workbook. They look brand new, and the price was only $20! I couldn't really believe it. I bought it, even though I'm not totally sure Right Start is the answer (and even though I would need to purchase Level B if we do go with it!). But brand new those two books are in the $80-$90 range, so it was a good deal. And I can always sell it at another sale.
I also bought a couple of other things: the answer books for the Key to... series that Austin is working in, the next level of Writing Strands for Riley, and an older edition of the Wordsmith writing program. I spent $30 total, including the Right Start materials.
I used to get so excited at book/curriculum sales. Today I just felt depressed. I'm so tired of feeling like I don't know what I'm doing. I'm so tired of feeling overwhelmed. I'm so tired of doubting my decisions. I want to be excited about the new school year coming up, like I used to be! I want to feel like what I'm doing is important, productive, and effective!