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How to Move Without Blasting a Hole in Your Budget

by Shawanda Greene

Stop wasting energy on frugal tactics that save piddly amounts of cash.

If you want to save serious money, take a chainsaw to your big expenses, most notably, housing.

Some people think smart financial habits involve burning money on plus-size mortgages while scrimping on basic comforts like heating and cooling.

Do you seriously believe you improve your life by giving up everyday luxuries for a house you can barely afford? You can’t. And that’s why I urge you to move.

Yeah, I know it’s a pain in the butt. Packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking a house full of crap takes time; it takes money.

couple movingBut never fear; it’s possible to move–even if you’re light on cash.

To save big bucks on your move, handle as much as you can yourself before calling in the professionals. Sure, it’s time consuming, but many find it’s worth the effort.

Check out these relocation tips designed to save your money and sanity.

Instead of buying moving boxes, grab them from supermarkets or liquor stores. Call ahead to ask a manager for the best pick up times. Also, many people offer free moving boxes on Craigslist and Freecycle.

Be ruthless as you comb through your closets, attic, and garage. Toss anything that’s broken or unsightly. Now’s the perfect opportunity to get rid of those hideous patent leather wedges you purchased on impulse.

Time permitting, hold a moving sale. If you only have a few big ticket items, advertise them on Craigslist.com. Sell your designer clothes on eBay.

Even if you’re naturally disorganized, try to conjure up all your might to resist haphazardly packing your stuff. The two most efficient ways to organize your boxes are

  • By room e.g., bathroom, kitchen
  • By type e.g. dishes, pillows, books

Either way works, but if you’re not around to unpack on the other end, note where the boxes’ contents belong, rather than what they contain.

Wrangle up some friends to help you tackle a big move. Pizza and beer go a long way to getting free labor. Instruct friends to pack bookshelves and kitchen cabinets while you box up your unmentionables.

Rent a trailer instead of a truck.  Some people think renting a moving truck is the best choice since you can load your entire house in one shot. However, trailer’s are often more affordable, especially if you’re only moving across town.

Are you willing to move in order to save money?

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Lance@MoneyLife&More August 31, 2012 at 3:02 PM

If you live near a military base definitely check out Craigslist for free boxes. Military pays for professional movers and they get some awesome boxes that they will likely give away as they unpack!
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femmefrugality September 1, 2012 at 1:10 AM

We ALWAYS move ourselves and don’t pay for boxes. It even seems expensive to me that way…I don’t know how people do it paying for professional movers! Last time we moved it kind of sucked bc we had to pay first, sec deposit, and last month all at once, but the redeeming news is that when we move out (which is in the distant future I believe,) we won’t have to come up with a new apts rent and our own all in 30 days again.
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