One thing that most everyone knows is that the costs that are involved in moving to a new home can be expensive. Aside from the rental deposits that you put down on an apartment or the down payment and closing costs that are required for a home that you purchase, the incidentals can certainly add up. Some of these moving costs are unavoidable, but there are many ways to save for the actual, physical move. Here are some great ideas:
- Plan meals – Your schedule can be disrupted by packing and your dishes and pans might already be in boxes, but you can always plan some meals that don’t require as much preparation. Choose things that you can eat on paper plates and can be easily made or stored in the fridge.
- Change your address early – Once you change your address with the USPS, you will be sent a moving packet with multiple coupons. This is a great way to save on moving related items as most retailers offer great discounts
- Fund your move by selling unwanted items – There is no point in packing up the things that you don’t want anymore. Set aside any unwanted items and sell them online with services like Offerup or Letgo.
- Save on moving boxes – Boxes by themselves are cheap, but buying many can add up fast. Try going to local businesses like a liquor store and ask for any boxes.
- Do some creative packing – Instead of buying more bubble wrap or boxes, don’t forget what you already have to work with for moving supplies. Suitcases, hampers and coolers can be great box alternatives. Additionally towels can be used in place of bubble wrap.
- Use trash bags for hanging clothes – Instead of pricey wardrobe boxes, wrap your hanging clothes with a trash bag and leave the hanger sticking out at the top so you can easily hang them in your new home.
- Visit the dollar store for supplies – Tape, scissors and other moving related supplies can oftentimes be purchased for less at the dollar store.
- Save on movers – Most movers charge a minimum fee and then an hourly rate on top of that. Save on your total moving cost by either hiring them to only move the larger, heavier items or do as much preparation yourself before they arrive to save time.