Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in life, and it takes time, money, and energy to get everything just right before the big day comes. The worst part about moving, though?
It’s all for nothing when you realize that there are some items that you forgot to pack or boxes that were left behind at your old place! So how can we make sure this doesn’t happen with our move? Let me show you some simple tips on saving money during the process of packing up and heading out into a new home!
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when moving is not planning early enough.
If you don’t start looking for boxes and packing materials as soon as possible, you may end up with a few more expenses than expected. Many stores will have sales on packing supplies near the time of year where lots of moves occur. For example, I would not suggest going to a local grocery store in July to buy your boxes because they won’t be having a sale then. Instead, go to that same store around January or February so you can stock up on all your labels and tape! We always plan for any days we might have off from work during our move day so we can get an early start and avoid having to pack and move everything in one day.
Look for Moving Grants and Charities
Moving can be super expensive, and many people may think that they need to work a few jobs to get enough money for moving expenses. This doesn’t have to be the case, though! Did you know that there are organizations out there that would love to help you move?
Many charities and non-profit organizations will offer grants or special donations for families looking to relocate. You can search online for moving grants and charities to help you out with your upcoming move. If you belong to a church, preschool, synagogue, youth group, etc., it never hurts to ask them if they provide any assistance with your move. You could even call up your local city hall and inquire about programs designed specifically for low-income families! Sure this requires a lot more legwork on your part, but when you consider all the other expenses you are saving by packing your boxes, it will be worth it in the end.
Avoid Using Credit Cards
Most people already know this tip, but if you’re not big on budgeting or watching your credit card statements closely – I highly recommend avoiding using them for moving expenses. Yes, it might be tempting to finance those new boxes because they will help you get organized faster than just using free ones from the recycling bin at work, but what happens when those bill collectors start calling? Or those late fees start adding up? You could end up with unexpected spending that forces you into taking out a loan! That’s 100% the opposite of what we want right now as we’re trying to save money during our move.
Best Way to Pack
First things first, you need a way to safely transport all your beloved belongings from point A to point B. Now, this can get pretty expensive if you don’t know how to handle it correctly! Many people resort to calling the moving company that comes with free paper boxes for packing up your stuff, but what fun is that?
The best way to pack is to buy a carton of wine boxes from a liquor store or a box of cereal and use the individual cartons inside as your boxes! Who says you have to drink it anyway? All you need is an empty carton for all your belongings and, voila, free moving boxes! These boxes may be small, but they will get the job done when moving everything around. Plus, they’re common items that can be found in almost any household, so don’t worry about not having them around when you need them most!
What Not to Pack
Now that we know how we are going to pack for our big move let’s discuss what should and shouldn’t be packed!
First, don’t pack anything that you haven’t used in the past three months. We all know that moving is a hassle, and while it may be tempting to throw everything into boxes, you need to remember that this will only slow down the process because there will be no rhyme or reason for where everything ends up! It also wastes space in your new home during unpacking if you bring something out of storage that isn’t necessary at the time.
If you want to pack up things like clothes, towels, linens, etc., make sure not to bring along any raggedy items. Why would anyone want to take an old blanket with holes in it when they can buy a new one for a fraction of the price? With a few minor changes to your mindset, you can ensure that you don’t bring along any unnecessary items and maximize space in your new home.
Ask Friends and Families Help
And finally, don’t forget that family always comes first. If you have friends or family who are willing to help via moving truck, free boxes, etc., then take them up on it! The best way to save money during your move is by working together with those around you because the more hands you have, the faster everything goes and less work for everyone involved!
So as you can see, moving on a budget is possible with just a little bit of planning. All it takes is some creativity and good old-fashioned hard work to put everything together. Plus, if you can avoid taking out a loan for the big move, then it will be one less thing to worry about when settling into your new home!
Hope this article helps those looking to keep your costs down for your next relocation so that moving doesn’t have to break the bank!