If I sat down long enough I think that I would be able to count the many times that I have moved. I wouldn’t, however be able to count on all fingers. Maybe borrowing just a few toes to complete the count.
But I was a spoiled mover most of the time. Being military, (both brat and spouse), the majority of my moves were done the day prior to move out with only a small amount of disruption (and no cost) incurred from the move. I didn’t realize how spoiled I was until this move in 2017.
Not only is moving extremely disruptive to ones life and flow, it is expensive, and it is tough! I will admit that I didn’t realize how much boxes cost if buying them from the store. And a mattress box? Civilians are like, “a mattress what”? Yes, the military movers put EVERYTHING in a box, even your mattress. It is insane. Now, I am by no means attempting to buy a box for everything like that, but it sure is handy to not have loose items all over the truck.
So, after noting the cost of boxes, I realized that I wanted to go frugal. This is truly my style anyway. Here is a list of ways to move, the frugal way!
Don’t buy boxes unless you absolutely have to!
Okay, so I did buy 4 boxes. (shame, I know). What can I say, I needed golf bag boxes and those hanging rack boxes (recovering spoiled mover). There are an abundance of places to pick up really great boxes. Check with your friends, coworkers, community members to see if they can save their boxes for you. Stores, hospitals, and dumpsters are all good places for sturdy boxes. Craigslist is an amazing resource for free boxes. They go quickly though!
Pack for several months in advance.
Start with out of season items and items that are not used frequently. Bring boxes in slowly at first so that you can keep up with them as they come. It was easier than I thought it would be to pack so early in advance. This saved me from buying more boxes because I knew how much I had left.
Don’t flatten the boxes to take them home if possible.
This sounds kinda silly right? Well, tape isn’t cheap. If you can have them pre-taped (or even better, glued) then keep them that way. We bought 7 rolls and used 4. I like to keep packing tape around the house anyway, but I probably would have used it all had I flattened all of the boxes before bringing them home.
Beg, barter, and bribe
Barter with potential help or just get some really awesome friends to give you a hand with the move. There is truly no need to hire moving help unless you cannot do lifting yourself. We offered pizza and beer…a man’s love language 🙂
Get as little of a moving truck as possible.
As long as you pack wisely you should be able to figure this out. Tell the truck company exactly what you have in your house and they should be able to point you in the right direction. This will save in gas and in the cost of the truck. *Uhaul does a price match for their trucks. If you find a better price, let them know.* What you don’t want to do is get the wrong size truck and have to unload and reload, but that is a story for another day.
Toss the extras
The best advice that I have for anyone that is moving DIY style is to get rid of as much stuff as you can. Some things will stick around for a while in your home and that is okay. Really though, most people tend to keep things we don’t REALLY need. Have a garage sale, sell it on Craigslist, find buyers on FB. Whatever you do, just make money. We actually came about $50 shy of paying for our truck rental just by selling stuff at our garage sale.
Moving is not easy, why does it have to be expensive too? Planning several months ahead will be your best bet as with any big transaction. Be sure to get pre-taped boxes for free, barter for what you don’t want to spend money on, get rid of the
junk stuff you don’t need, and make some money to help pay for the big move!
Doing things the frugal way can sometimes be a bit more work, but the pay off is what it is all about!
How do you save money with a move? I would love to hear.
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