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Moving on a Budget: What You Need To Know

Moving all of your items instead of hiring a company to do it for you is the best way to save money while moving on a budget. Moving doesn’t have to be expensive. With these tips, you’ll save plenty of money.

Don’t Buy Boxes

People who are moving have the habit of buying boxes. These places that sell boxes charge outrageous prices when you can get boxes for free. There’s plenty of ways to get boxes without buying them.

  • The most common way to get free boxes is to visit your local liquor store. Liquor stores have boxes in a variety of sizes. If these boxes are strong enough to hold glass bottles, they’ll be strong enough to hold your items.
  • Another idea is to bring boxes home from your workplace. If your workplace has printers, there’s a good chance that there is an empty box somewhere.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable going to a liquor store, you may want to visit your local grocery store. Sometimes, they’ll give you free boxes.
  • If all of these ideas fail, it may be wise to get in your car and travel behind businesses, more specifically, clothing businesses. You’re likely to find some empty boxes behind businesses.

Sell Your Stuff

It’s likely that you’re going to have to hire someone to move your heavy furniture. You should consider selling heavy furniture to reduce your moving costs. It would be wise to sell all of your heavy furniture, and use that cash to buy new furniture when you get to your new home. You may not receive the full value for your items, but you can also buy used furniture. Movers usually charge one dollar for each pound of items that they have to move. It can get expensive if you have hundreds of pounds of items that you need to move.

Another way to save money is to sell items that you find in your current residence that you don’t need. You can sell these items to local stores, or you can sell these items on the internet. The money that you get from selling items you don’t need will help you buy new furniture.

Packing Materials

Instead of purchasing packing materials, you may want to consider using clothes, sheets, pillow cases or towels to protect your items. People have reported that none of their stuff was broken using this method.


If you’re moving for business reasons, you can write off the amount you paid to move. If you’re moving 50 miles away from your current residence, you should be able to claim moving expenses on your taxes. Before you consider this option, you may want to consider speaking with a tax professional. You also may want to do some research on the internet too.

Choosing a Moving Company

If you feel like you can’t move all by yourself and you want to hire a moving company, you should look for a company that has reasonable rates with good reviews. Before you sign any papers, be sure to read the fine print to prevent additional fees.  According to North American Van Lines said, “Military members and students can sometimes get special rates with moving companies.” Be sure to ask about this before you choose a company.

Pack and Unpack Your Own Boxes

If you end up hiring a moving company, packing your items can save you money. The only labor you’ll have to pay is driving time. When you arrive at your new home, unloading your own boxes may save you money as well. If the company requires you to pay while they wait for you to move your boxes, you may want to consider letting them do the work.

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