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Money Saving Tips for Moving

Money Saving Tips for Moving

Depending on how far you are going, a move can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Even if it’s just across town, it’s no small matter. The sooner you start planning, the better off you’ll be when it comes to keeping things under budget and also getting things organized for when you get to the other side. Here are a few cost-saving tips to get you started:

Get free boxes. Purchasing moving supplies can get expensive, so do whatever you can to avoid paying for them. One of the best places to get them is from work. Instead of throwing out that box of printer paper, take it home. Even if there are more permanent boxes that you use at work like mail bins and storage containers, you may be able to borrow them for a weekend.

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Another great source is your local supermarkets. You may be surprised how many boxes they have to offer if you just ask. Also, consider looking on Craigslist where people often give their used moving supplies away for free or very cheap. And if you do have to resort to purchasing some from a store, shop around for the best deal.

Use what you have for padding. Instead of buying bubble wrap or renting those padded blankets from the rental truck company, use what you already have. Start saving newspapers or sales circulars for keeping small items safe, and instead of packing up your blankets and sheets separately, use them to pad other items. Just be aware that you will likely have to wash them all when you get to your new home.

Get rid of stuff. You can help decrease the number of boxes you need, the size of the truck you need, and the amount of time the whole process takes by not moving things you don’t really need. See what you can earn a buck or two on in a garage sale, but don’t throw out the things that don’t sell. Instead, donate them to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army, and you even get a tax deduction out of the deal!

“Hire” friends instead of professionals. Getting a moving company can be costly, but purchasing pizza and some soda for family and friends is pretty cheap. Ask for help in advance, so you know you’ll have enough people when the day comes. Another way to keep the cost down is to move the smaller and less heavy boxes on your own, and just hire a company to help with the “big ticket” items, like your sofas, TVs, and fridge.

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Stay with friends and family. If you are moving out of the state, or just have some time between when you have to leave your current home and move into your new one, you’ll likely be looking for a place to spend the night. Find out if you can stay with loved ones instead of a motel. Not possible? Plan your accommodations in advance to ensure you get a good deal.

Keep records. Are you moving because of a job? It’s possible you can get a tax deduction for many of your expenses. Talk to your accountant or visit the IRS website to find out details.

Mail your books. This is probably something you didn’t consider, but the post office offers a pretty great Media Mail rate. It may be cheaper to mail them across the country than to drive them.

Skip the storage unit. Usually, it’s not a good use of your money. If you have more stuff than your new place can hold, consider how long you will be living in this new location and calculate how much rent you will be paying for your storage unit. Now calculate the cost of replacing the items you plan to store. Is it worth it? Even if it’s close, don’t do it. You will actually earn a little cash if you don’t store the items since you can either sell them or get a tax deduction for donating them.

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Move between October and May. The timing of a move isn’t always under your control, but if you can, this is the “off-season” for moving. You will likely be able to get a better deal for your rental truck, movers, and even moving supplies.

Of course, some cost-saving methods aren’t worth the extra hassle and potential damage to your property, so don’t be afraid to draw the line and just hire professional movers if it’s better for you!

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