Placing your first order with MP can be a little daunting, but I quickly learned how to navigate their website and, especially, how to save money the MP way, and that is what I want to share with you!
Order when they have free shipping.
You can also get free shipping during various homeschool conventions, including their own Sodalitas conference coming up in July 2023, where they will ship to you for free if you place an order with them while you are there or while you attend online.
Save with bundles.
Get the biggest discount with their core curriculum packages.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind about this option:
- You can customize a core. You can remove books and swap one level of a book (like Latin) out for another and still get the core discount as long as it is a subject that is normally part of a core package. For example, my son in fifth grade does not need math or spelling because we use a different curriculum for those, so we leave those out. Last year, I also got him Greek Alphabet, which is in the seventh grade core, but not fourth. MP let me do that, no problem, and gave me the core discount on it. I also needed some individual books in the recommended read-aloud collection for his grade. Those are NOT normally in a core package, so I did not get a discount on those.
- Simple changes can be done online, but others will need a phone call or email to MP Customer Service. The only subject you can remove online is math, and there was also no way for me to add Greek Alphabet that will trigger the discount, so I called MP to get their help - and they are really the best!
Do order your core curriculum from Memoria Press directly.
- You will know you are getting the most recent edition. Sometimes other websites have older ones. This matters if your child is taking a class using MP materials. It also matters if you want the most up-to-date improvements. For example, they have recently updated their Latin student guides to include some excellent parsing practice that really helps students learn how to translate. I highly recommend them!
- MP will load your customer account with tests and quizzes from the teacher manuals you order, so you can print them instead of copying them.
- MP will sometimes also give you digital lesson plans for things you buy that are not part of your core curriculum package (for example, I got first grade cursive for my son when he was in third grade, and they included those extra lesson plans for me). If you buy your curriculum someplace else, you can still get lessons plans, but you will pay about $5 for them (well worth it for me, but it’s nice to get them for free).
- If you order from them and a new edition comes out down the road, MP will sometimes give you an updated teacher edition.