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How to Save Money While Moving

Jenna Taubel

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Nov 27, 2018 7:49:00 AM

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Moving can be expensive if you're not completely prepared for it. Your main moving expenses will be on packing materials, gasoline, food, movers and figuring out how to coordinate your move. Consider these tips for your next move.

Focus on Free

To dramatically reduce the costs associated with moving, you need to focus on getting certain things for free. You can always pick up boxes from a number of stores. If you have a little one in diapers, buy diapers by the box. Diaper boxes are the perfect size for carrying, and many items can fit inside them. The Krazy Coupon Lady recommends checking out Craigslist, liquor stores, Barnes & Noble, fast food restaurants in your area, your local pharmacy, and more for free boxes. Head to the post office for a moving packet. You will come across numerous coupons for moving. Give away or sell anything you don't want because it will cost you extra gasoline to move unwanted items that are just adding weight to your moving vehicle.

Make Your Money Work for You

If you intend on using credit cards that provide rewards, use them on gasoline. If you get rewarded for gasoline or anything else from grocery store purchases, you can save on gasoline with points. Buy discounted gift cards ahead of time. This can help you reduce moving expenses. Use coupons where you can. Even if you use coupons for eating, you can save a lot of money by the time you're done moving.


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Find the Right Movers

Moving Company Reviews recommends to research potential moving companies to find the right one for you. Look up what people say about them. Ask friends on social media. Don't just pick the first one you come across. Ensure that the reviews your read are 100% human verified, and not made by some bot or fake account. Check whether they've been in business for a while and how they have done on past moves. See if they have the proper licensing, or other important legal information concerning the validity of their business. You should be aware of the packing materials they use. Padding should be used when straps are used for wood furniture. You want to ensure your items arrive to your destination intact, so you should work with movers you can trust to use the utmost care when handling your belongings.

Storage

Storage can be a lifesaver if you need it. You can't always coordinate a move between two places because one may not be available. Storage costs money, but it is far cheaper to rent a unit than having a full month of rent to pay for. MarketWatch recommends when selecting a storage unit that you do your research. Know how much space you need, and know the limits of your contract. It’d be unfortunate to accidentally sign up for a several month contract when all you need is one or two months. There are times when you just need a temporary place to stay, like at a hotel, while you're waiting for the apartment that you want. It's not just rent either. You may have to pay a full month of utilities if you don't shut them off by a certain date.

Moving is stressful if you don't plan out everything ahead of time. Plan every detail and focus on saving money. You’ll find that doing so will pay off big time when it’s finally moving day.

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