How to Save Money When Moving

  • Although it may appear that using a hiring service will cost you more money than doing the move yourself, take a look at the big picture.
  • A move in the middle of the week is generally more affordable than a move on or around the weekend.
  • There will always be unexpected expenses, but minimize those as much as possible, and calculate your spending beforehand.

Moving is one of the most stressful experiences that any of us experience. This is especially true if you’re moving to a new community, but it’s also valid for a cross-city move. You’re completely changing where you come home to every night, where you sleep, where you feel most comfortable. However, you can ease the stress of this major life event in a number of ways. One of those is by taking advantage of these money-saving tips.

There’s no need to purchase new boxes. Pick up some free ones.

Free Boxes

There’s no need to purchase new boxes. Pick up some free ones. One of the easiest ways is to head to a grocery or wine and liquor store, and see what they have discarded. Also check out Craigslist and Freecycle to see if you can find some there and reuse those.

Use a Hiring Service

Although it may appear that using a hiring service will cost you more money than doing the move yourself, take a look at the big picture. In that scenario, you’re most likely saving money. This can be even more true if you get insurance. For example, if your furniture is damaged while you’re in the process of moving it, you have no recourse to get those fixing costs reimbursed. With insurance, you do.

Move on or Around Wednesday

A move in the middle of the week is generally more affordable than a move on or around the weekend. This is especially true if you hire movers to handle this for you as they tend to offer cheaper rates for moves at this time due to there being lesser demand for their services then.

Plan Your Meals

Consider utilizing secondhand furniture from yard sales, websites such as Craigslist.

This is a step that will help you stay healthy as well as have a positive impact on your bank account. Although it is tempting to simply stop at fast-food restaurants as you make your way to your new home, consider instead packing some sandwiches and other portable items and eating those instead. You could even stop at a park and make a mini-picnic of it, or simply eat in your car or truck there.

Furnish With Secondhand Furniture

Although it can be tempting to furnish your new residence with new furniture, there’s no reason that you need to. Consider utilizing secondhand furniture from yard sales, websites such as Craigslist or otherwise. In many cases, the furniture that you’d be using instead will still be of high quality, and you will have saved quite a bit of money in the process.

Plan Your Spending

Of course, there will always be unexpected expenses, but minimize those as much as possible, and calculate your spending beforehand. Doing this also allows you to get a better view of which areas can and should involve lower expenses. Those added funds could then be used in areas that need them or to simply save you money and increase your bank-account balance. If you are renting out storage space, speak with an expert who can help save you money by giving you only what you need so you are not overspending to store and protect your valuables.

Have a Yard Sale

Prior to moving, sell as many of your items as you can at a yard sale. That way you can actually make money as a part of your moving process, have less that you need to move, and declutter your new home. You might even be surprised how much you can make for some of your things.

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Austin W

My name is Austin, a public relations specialist. I graduated with a degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Memphis.

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