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How to Save Money on Moving

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

... Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can save money on moving if you do it yourself or enlist friends for help — all without sacrificing quality or sa

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A moving company can be a great help, but they do tend to be more expensive. You will probably end up paying anywhere from $2 to $3 per pound of your belongings that you move, plus whatever extra charges there are for packing materials and other services. But if you do it yourself, it's important that you get as much help from friends as possible—and make sure they know what they're doing!

You'll also want to take into account the risks of injury or illness during your move; although this is always a possibility when moving heavy objects around at home or work, injuries may be more common when moving because it takes so many different muscles (and bones!) just to lift one box!

Move on a weekday or during the winter.

Put your moving date in the calendar. If possible, move on a weekday—moving companies charge less for moves that occur on weekdays than weekend or holiday moves. If you can't work around your company's schedule and have to move over a weekend, try to plan for it during January through March or October through December when rates are generally lower. One way to save money is to hire movers with pickup trucks instead of using a full-size moving truck; local movers usually have pickup trucks available and may be willing to offer discounted rates as well.

Rent a portable storage container.

Rent a portable storage container.

If you have a lot of stuff, but don't want to pay for movers or buy unlimited space at your new place, consider renting a portable storage container for about $1 per square foot (or less) for one month or two. This can be an excellent way to store your belongings while you wait for the next move and save money on moving costs overall!

You'll want to make sure that the container is waterproof and fireproof—many containers have these features already built in, but they're always worth double-checking before signing on the dotted line. You'll also want to make sure that it's big enough to hold all of your stuff (and then some), since it's not always easy or even possible to empty out every cupboard and closet until after the move is complete! Make sure there's plenty of room within each individual unit so that everything fits comfortably without being crammed together too tightly; having some extra space will also help prevent any damage as well as provide easier access when it comes time to unload everything back into its new home!

Pack your own belongings.

  • Save money on packing supplies. Pack your own belongings and you'll save money on packing supplies like boxes, tape, and bubble wrap.
  • Save money on movers. If you're not paying someone else to move your stuff, then you can afford to move at a more affordable time in the year—like when there's less competition for moving jobs.
  • Save time by doing it yourself! Think about all the things you could do with all that extra time!
  • Save energy and prevent back injuries by not having to lift heavy boxes of books and dishes onto moving trucks or into storage units (or wherever else) for days at a time—particularly if it's something you have to do repeatedly in order to get everything packed up correctly (and with no room left over).
  • Reduce stress levels by not dealing with rude or unhelpful movers who won't listen when asked politely how much they charge per hour; ignore requests from friends/family members who insist on offering their services even though they don't know anything about how expensive professional services are; deal with contractors who take advantage of inexperienced customers' ignorance about what things should cost; etcetera etcetera ad nauseam ad infinitum (until infinity).

Don't rent moving boxes.

There are many ways to save money on moving, but one of the best tips is to avoid renting moving boxes. Instead, use recycled boxes and other free sources to pack up your belongings. There are plenty of resources available for free or low cost that can be used as packing materials and tools during the move:

  • Thrift stores are a great place to find empty cardboard boxes that were previously used by someone else; they're usually just waiting on shelves or in bins waiting for someone like you! When I’m moving, I go thrift shopping first thing in the morning before everything gets picked over by shoppers looking for furniture and other home goods.
  • Some grocery stores give away clean cardboard boxes at no charge when you ask at checkout or customer service – if not, ask if there’s anything else they can do (like giving away egg cartons).
  • Libraries often have plenty of free items that can be repurposed into good quality packing material such as old magazines (cut into pieces), newspapers, catalogs etc., so check with yours today! If they don’t have any available supplies yet then try talking with friends who work there about asking if there will be some soon; sometimes people donate stuff without realizing how important it could be later down the road… so this might help out both parties involved!

Be smart with your packing supplies.

There are lots of ways you can save money on packaging supplies. You don't have to buy the fancy plastic wrap--use ordinary newspaper, towels, or rags instead. You can also use sturdy boxes that you've already got around the house rather than buying brand-new ones.

  • Use newspaper and towels to wrap breakable items like glassware and china.
  • Use sturdy boxes for heavy items like books and household appliances. If you're moving from a large house into an apartment or smaller space, it's unlikely that all your furniture will fit into one room, so keep this in mind when choosing which pieces to take with you (and consider selling some).
  • Use plastic wrap or packing tape to seal boxes after they're filled with items--but be careful not overdo it! Too much tape will make opening the box difficult later on when unpacking time comes around. Markers work just fine if labeling isn't necessary; otherwise get some masking tape from your local hardware store (it's cheaper than regular packaging tape).
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Use old newspapers and towels in place of bubble wrap.

You can use old newspapers or towels in place of bubble wrap.

Newspaper is an excellent alternative to bubble wrap because it's free, biodegradable, and easy to get hold of. You can get as much as you need without worrying about the cost.

Towels work just as well for wrapping fragile items like glassware and mirrors. They're also easy to find at thrift stores, which means more money saved!

Sell your furniture instead of moving it.

If you're moving out of a house, chances are good that you have some furniture that needs to be sold or donated. Chances also are good that you don't want to deal with the hassle of physically moving all of your junk around.

If this sounds like you and your situation, consider selling your furniture instead of moving it. The internet is full of options for getting rid of large items: craigslist, Kijiji (Canada), Amazon Marketplace and eBay will all let you sell stuff without having to haul it anywhere first.

If none of those things work out for some reason (which is unlikely), just call up local furniture stores and ask if they'll come collect the item from your home. Some might offer cash on-the-spot if they like what they see—others may offer store credit toward future purchases—but this is a great way to get rid of something bulky without any effort on your part!

Ask friends to help you move for pizza, donuts and beer.

  • Ask friends to help you move for pizza, donuts and beer.
  • Be sure to pay your friends for their time, because this is work and they deserve compensation. In fact, if you don't have enough cash in your budget for pizza and beer on moving day, the best thing to do is reconsider whether or not it's worth it to move at all.
  • Don't ask people who are moving themselves because they'll be busy packing up their own things.
  • Don't ask people who are moving too far away because it's too much of a hassle (you know what I mean).

There are several ways that you can save money on moving if you do it yourself.

There are several ways that you can save money on moving if you do it yourself.

  • Move on a weekday or during the winter. While this may not be possible for everyone, movers typically charge more for weekend moves because so many people are out of town and unable to help with the load. Plus, there is less traffic for the driver to navigate during these times of year.
  • Rent a portable storage container (PSC). This is a great way to store your belongings while they are in transit and then pack them up when you get to your new home—all without having to pay extra fees associated with renting a truck or trailer! The best part? You can literally drive right up next door where they're stored after checking out with our staff at our local office locations closest near me location nearest me closest food near me...


Moving can be a stressful time. However, if you know how to plan your move and save money before it happens, then the process can be much less stressful. We hope that our tips have helped you to reduce your moving costs!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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