1. Why pay for boxes when you can get them for free?!
Find them at your local recycling center, on Craigslist, restaurants, liquor stores… the list goes on and on.
2. Definitely don’t waste your money on Bubble Wrap.
Be creative with your packing material: use old newspapers, tissue paper, towels, or linens instead!
3. Get your friends to help instead of hiring a moving company.
Their creativity might surprise you. In a good way, hopefully.
4. Plan your meals according to your moving timeline.
Try and eat what you have so you don’t have to worry about transporting food or letting any go to waste.
5. Get rid of unnecessary clutter with a yard sale.
This way you don’t have to move all that junk, AND you make some money at the same time!
6. Instead of renting a truck, borrow a friend’s.
Just be sure to ask nicely.
7. But if you absolutely must use a moving company, make sure you get quotes from multiple companies.
Clearly, some are better than others. Choose wisely!
8. If you’re moving a long distance, a portable moving container might be a good idea.
Companies like U-Haul or PODS offer a neat service where you can have your storage unit delivered to the end location according to your schedule. This way you don’t have to hire a moving company or pay for all that gas!
9. Deduct some of those pesky moving expenses from your taxes.
If your move meets certain criteria, you can deduct the expenses from your federal income taxes. Learn more here.
10. If you can, try and move during the “off-season.”
If you’re going to use a moving company, rates will most likely be cheaper during the winter months when fewer people are moving.
11. If you have a lot of books, just ship them to your new home!
The U.S. Postal Service has a special rate for books and magazines to help you avoid the extra headache.
USAA means United Services Automobile Association and its affiliates.