Do you dread moving? From hiring movers to purchasing packing supplies, the cost of moving will make your wallet cry. However, there are a few steps you can take to help you pinch pennies wherever you can and make the whole process a lot smoother, so stick around and read on.
Throw some stuff out.
Having a garage sale is the perfect way to help you downsize while also raising funds for your move. You could also utilize apps like OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace to post what you’re selling online if that’s easier for you. These platforms reach a wide number of people in your area and chances are you’ll find someone willing to pick up what they’re buying from you, saving you even more money.
Don’t spend money on boxes.
If you’re in need of boxes, check if your job has any they’re getting rid of or you could check your job complex’s dumpster if that’s an option for you. A little dumpster diving never hurt anyone, right?
But if dumpster diving isn’t your thing and your job doesn’t have any boxes, try asking your friends or family if their place of work has any boxes they’re getting rid of. Not only does this help you save money, but recycling cardboard is great for the environment and helps free up precious landfill space.
In addition to boxes, don’t spend money on expensive packing materials like bubble wrap. Instead, try using some household items as packing materials:
- Socks can be used to wrap glassware.
- Kitchen towels are a great way to separate plates.
And all that junk mail and coupons you receive in your mailbox? You can use that to wrap up valuables as well, and to create barriers in between items and keep things in place.
Start budgeting now.
Budgeting is a wonderful tool, especially when you’re strapped for cash. One rule to budgeting is never spend more than you make. This seems obvious, but it’s easy to forget. It’s a good idea to limit your spending when you’re trying to save your money for something that can be as pricey as moving.
Search for deals.
While it may seem uncommon, it doesn’t hurt to ask if a moving company is running any deals. You should call around and compare pricing and deals with different moving companies and set your sights on what works best for you and your type of move. Some people might think it’s not worth asking for, but the worst they can say is no.
Don’t overbuy for your new home.
This ties into creating a personal budget. It’s fine to want to imagine what your new place will look like, but don’t get ahead of yourself! You must refrain from purchasing things for it before you’re all settled in. Commit yourself to a spending hiatus while you’re in the midst of moving to help you stay on track.
Be sure to give these tips a try during your next move. If you know any other tips, leave a comment below! We would love to hear from you.