Packing and moving can be an expensive process if you’re working with a tight budget and have a lot of belongings. Planning your move in advance will ensure your items are safe during transport without draining your bank account. To prepare, you’ll want to gather boxes, tape, labels, markers, bubble wrap, and packing paper. These can be purchased from a moving company store, UPS store, or office supplies outlet. We also have a few strategies that will save you money on these items. Keep reading for five tips that will help save you cash on moving supplies.
1. Rent or buy plastic storage containers.
Discount chains offer these containers for rent. You can also buy them from Walmart or Target, and the great thing is, you can keep them to reuse later. If you know any friends or family with an abundance of these items, ask to borrow a few. These containers should be labeled to make the moving process smoother.
2. Find some used boxes to carry items. Also, use garbage bags.
Garbage bags are great for carrying clothing, bedding, and towels. Don’t try to transport any heavy items in them, though. If you’re looking for used boxes, check out grocery stores and liquor stores, and ask friends and family if they have any moving boxes leftover from a past move. If you use the NextDoor app, post an inquiry for moving boxes. You never know which neighbors might have some old ones lying around.
3. Choose a good time to move.
Movers charge different rates depending on factors like time and the season. If you book early or move during an off-season, you might get a discount. Try to avoid scheduling your move at the end of the month, on a weekend, or around a holiday.
4. Shop around for the best rate.
Do a little bit of research before booking a moving company. Get a few quotes first, and consider the mover’s reputation and online reviews before deciding on a particular one.
5. Sell any items you no longer need or want.
You can make some extra cash off these items! If you have a few weeks or months before your move, plan a yard sale before you hit the road. You can also use Craigslist, eBay, and OfferUp to sell your items.