Moving Tips for the Frugal Mover
Moving can be really expensive. Between hiring a moving company, purchasing supplies and possibly taking time off from work can take a toll on your checkbook. Here are some ways you can cut spending during the moving process:
Get Free Boxes
Many electronic stores and grocery stores will give away free boxes if you ask them in advance. Stores like Fry’s and Wal-Mart have the most to choose from, but you can also check Craigslist for gently used boxes. You should also ask friends who have recently moved because they will more than likely be happy to get rid of their old boxes.
Use What You Have
You don’t need to spend money on packing peanuts and Styrofoam if you have blankets and towels at home. You can wrap large electronics (like a television) in a blanket, or use towels to cushion a china set. As an added bonus, by using these items as packing materials, you also don’t have to make space for them!
Have a Moving Sale
A moving sale is great for both making money on unwanted items, but also making sure you won’t waste energy carrying something you didn’t want anyway. Think about the new space you are moving into and see if you won’t have need for anything you were planning on bringing.