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Save Money Moving

The moving process is one of the most stressful parts of relocation. If the hassle of packing boxes, switching utilities, cleaning out the old place isn’t enough to drive you nuts, the cost probably will be. Here are a few tips for keeping the cost of moving within reason:

  1. Collect boxes instead of buying them.

If you ask nicely at a grocery store or liquor store, you can probably get enough free cardboard boxes to pack up everything in your house. If someone in your household works in an office, try collecting the boxes from the copy paper.

Copy paper boxes and liquor boxes are sturdy since they are intended to hold heavy items. They are also perfectly sized for packing things like books and knick-knacks that are too heavy or too fragile to go in a large box. Not having to purchase moving boxes will save you a significant amount of money.

  1. Use clothing, pillows, blankets, etc., to pack your breakables.

If something is irreplaceable, you may want to pack it in a few layers of bubble wrap and surround it with Styrofoam peanuts just to be on the safe side. However, for everyday dishes, empty flower pots, and knick-knacks, try simply wrapping the item in a shirt or towel and packing it in between layers of pillows or blankets.

This will mean you have to purchase very little packing material. It is also a very efficient way to pack since you needed to move both your breakables and your fabric items anyway.

  1. Pare down your belongings.

Make sure you are only moving things you genuinely need and want in your new home. When it comes to furniture, decide what does and doesn’t fit in your new home. Be honest with yourself about whether or not you want a new decor. If your new home is giving you new ideas, then sell the old furniture instead of paying to move it and then replacing it later.

Also, consider what your lifestyle and wardrobe will be like in your new location. If you are moving to a warmer climate, then you may not need all of your coats and sweaters; drop some off at the local thrift store instead of jamming them all in the moving van.

If you are moving down from the mountains, sell or donate any ski equipment you own. The same goes for surfboards or boats if you are moving away from the water. Paying money to move and then store these items simply doesn’t make sense. If you do go on a vacation where you may need to use them, it will be cheaper to rent for a few days.

Paring down will help you save money because you can rent a smaller moving truck. If you hire movers by the hour, having fewer possessions will mean your packing will be done sooner, and you won’t have to pay as much.

  1. Pack up your kitchen items last.

When moving, it can get tempting to eat in restaurants or buy take out food during the weeks leading up to the move. If you pack up your kitchen appliances and dishes, then you will not be able to prepare meals at home, which will make going out even more tempting. If you want to continue saving money on food during the moving process, then pack up your kitchen last.

Instead of going out to eat on days, you feel too stressed to cook, try making big batches of foods like spaghetti or meatloaf and freezing the leftovers. Also, be sure to have plenty of cheap, easy-to-prepare foods on hand.

Relocation Advice For Packing Moving Boxes

When making a move from one house to another, the task of packing up household items and personal belongings is unavoidable. Deciding what to take and what to give away before a move requires designating packing boxes for various uses. For some people paying for moving help is an option, but in most cases, when moving cheap, one has to do the packing themselves. Here is a packing strategy to use to ease moving pains.

Utilize Moving Checklists and Proper Packing Supplies

Plan the move by writing down a checklist of all items that have to be packed. These can fall under general categories like kitchen utensils, bed linens, furniture, appliances, and clothing.

Determine packing needs and buy moving boxes based on various dimensions of household items. Take into consideration bulky items and fragile items and buy packing boxes, tape, and wrapping based on these needs.

Moving Advice for Packing Early

Start packing as soon as the move is determined to avoid being overwhelmed at the last minute. Start with items that are not used, like special occasion glassware and cutlery, or extra bed linens for guest rooms.

As the days to the move draw to a close, pack more of the items that are used more frequently but will not be needed in the short term. Pack everyday essentials the day before, leaving out only what will be needed for the day of the move.

Label Packing Boxes

Label all boxes with a description of the contents. This may take some time but will save a lot of time later in the new home when trying to figure out what each packing box contains.

Use a nonfade marker to label the boxes. For fragile items, indicate so on the box so as to be aware of handling these with great care.

How to Unpack at the New House

Place all items in their respective rooms in the house when unloading moving boxes from the vehicle rather than just dumping everything in the nearest room to the entry door. All boxes with kitchen items should be placed in the kitchen, bedding in the bedrooms, and bathroom stuff in the bathroom. This makes it easier for storage and unpacking later without having to sort out through a pile of boxes.

Take time to unpack by starting with items needed for the day and then pacing oneself out to unpack other items in each room as the days go by. This helps to figure out the new home and the best place to put everything.

Moving to a new home is a big adjustment. Packing up personal items should not be a cause for additional stress. Plan ahead, buy the right packing supplies, and pack in sequence to make for an easier transition to a new home.

Relocating With Children

Caught in a mundane job, home, and family routines, the thought of moving to a new place and starting life fresh seems like the ultimate rejuvenation. We do think of the initial start-up hassles but still cannot fathom the enormity of adjustment that the entire relocating baggage holds.

Having relocated across seas with two children, I know how extracting it can be, and on reflection, I feel there’s a lot I could have done to make it easier for my children. If done with a lot of family consultation, planning, and a positive attitude, the transition to a new land can be an exciting and enjoyable experience.

Relocating across countries

The ‘move’ calls for walking out of a life that took years establishing an unknown territory that probably attracted you with more fertile possibilities. For some moving on to closer, more familiar towns or cities with friends or family around to extend eager support, setting in gets easier.

You get a tremendous amount of social security if there are people you know to fall back on. Furthermore, having them also channels you into the city’s social network. So, even though the children miss their peers from back home, they soon have new ones to connect to and engage with.

For others, like us, shifting too far off places or countries is like stepping into a no-know zone. Exciting it might be, but migrating into a world that’s culturally, linguistically, and socially different does lend a feeling of alienation.

Despite having the benefit of computers that give you access to global information, finding your way into the new system – right from banking, renting a home to set your kids in schools – draws on your energies and patience. You have to find your way around for your most basic needs and work at the base level to get your life functional.

How do the children feel?

No matter how well you prepare your children for the oncoming change, giving up on their friends, school, and familiar environment could be emotionally upsetting. If the kids are younger, being in a new neighborhood and amidst unknown faces at school is likely to make them insecure and clingy. They require a lot of assurance and positive urgings from the parents as well as the new teachers to acclimatize to the change.

The older children are easily excited by opportunities to explore new worlds. Yet, if there are stronger peer bonding from back home, they too could be drawn into feeling isolated and restless.

Parents can make it easier.

 Bonding with your children, encouraging communication, and being empathetic to their feelings is the best possible therapy a parent can offer.
 Having them involved in decisions regarding the new environment helps to keep them stimulated towards settling down. Kids come out of their missing-our-friends blues when they were asked to think about the things they would like to have in their rooms, accessories they would need for school, etc.
 Being interactive with other parents that you see around the neighborhood/parks opens up acquainting and friendship opportunities for the children.
 Getting internet access helps older children to stay connected with the friends they have left behind.
 Creating positive mottos and one-liners like, "Keep a happy face, and you'll make friends soon," worked wonders to pep up the children. I feel it helps to build a healthy attitude towards the change, accepting and reaching out to new people.

Older or younger, children are greatly influenced by the perceptions and reactions of parents. There have been careless moments during our resettling phase when I have let out more than what the children need to hear and feel. It is important to restrain your feelings so that the children remain sheltered from negative observations or experiences – considering that they have uprooted from habituated grounds on our trail.

Relocating Finding Your Forever Home Essentials

Finding the perfect house, in the perfect location, at the right price, is a dream for many people. Whether relocating because of employment changes or retiring to the beach, moving closer to family, relocating offers plenty of options. Realizing their dream means a roller coaster ride of Realtors, internet searching, and viewing of potential properties. Check off your essentials list before committing to your forever home.

Make Lists

Make a tick list for your new home. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, basement, and garden are the usual must-haves. Remodels and renovations are transforming rooms, finishes, and appliances in properties situated in the ideal location.

Will closet space work for you? Storage space often features big on people’s requirements. Sheds or workshop areas to store tools, bikes, and sports equipment are a bonus.

Consider what you will do in the house. Additional costs for power points, internet and satellite connections, or total rewires take time, create a mess, and may lead to redecoration, adding to the cost of your new home.

Is there a pool or large garden to maintain?

Young children need space to play safely, indoors, and out.

Teenage bedrooms and bathrooms could be your must-haves.

Are you looking for a family space to relax together? Imagine being comfortable watching television, playing games, listening to music? Picture your furniture in the rooms.

Do you want a formal dining area?

No think about winter; will the home be warm and cozy? Look at utility costs ask about insulation, double glazed windows, storm doors.

Are their ceiling fans and air conditioning for the hot summer climate?

This list covers many of the essentials to look for when viewing a potential property. You may want to consider these points too:

Does the home have enough closet space for coats and shoes, leaving the hallways smart, tidy, and clutter free?

Having somewhere to put the vacuum cleaner and ironing board that is easily accessible leads to hassle-free cleaning and ironing. These household items do not look pretty in the corner of the room.

This may sound stupid, but look around the home and consider where the Christmas tree would go. Finding the right place for this holiday essential will make for a happy home.

Noting the niggles of your current home, the little things that bug you about where you live now making you want to scream and stamp your feet. You know, patio doors that stick, no deck area, no basement, or one that needs finishing. Appliances are replaceable, remodeling due able but expensive, paint and tiling easy to fix. Will these niggles be eliminated when you relocate?

Practical Essentials

Distance to local stores, bars, restaurants, sports facilities, schools, and your place of work needs consideration. Nobody wants to spend the best part of the day sitting in rush hour traffic.

Noise from traffic, emergency vehicles, children’s playgrounds, entertainment areas, take into consideration, especially if you are a shift worker and need to sleep at irregular hours. Will parking be a problem.

Privacy and access on the property, find out about fences, gates, and right of way for other members of your community or public.

Budget

One of the main reasons people choose to relocate is the budget. Owning a property or paying rent takes a large chunk out of anyone’s money. Whether moving into a larger property, looking to downsize, be realistic with your budget. Relocating often costs more than originally planned. Mortgage rates and interest charges can and do fluctuate; discuss your options with your bank manager before signing any paperwork. Check out any extra expenses, such as housing association fees and state taxes.

Purchase Your Forever Home

Purchasing your forever home will probably be the biggest expenditure you ever take on. Get it right, and you will be happy and settled. With a lot of thought and consideration of the essential items on your wish list, buying your forever home is the best thing in the world.

Points To Consider When Moving In Together

Today, moving in together is perceived by many women as the step between falling in love and getting married.

However, there are several things women should consider before doing so, such as whether they are compatible and have similar goals. When couples move in together, they run the risk of ending up married, or with kids, or living together for an extended period during which the opportunity to meet someone more suitable is missed. So while one might be inclined to be impulsive about the decision to move in together, it is important to take a bit of time to do some groundwork.

Why Do They Want to Move In Together?

There are several questions women need to ask themselves before moving in:

Is there any urgency? Being madly, passionately in love is such a short phase and should be enjoyed for as long as possible. A report from the University of Pavla shows that it usually lasts about 1-2 years for dating couples, so why take the chance of hastening its end?

Do they both have the same reasons for moving in? Women view moving in as being one step closer to getting married. They need to realize that men do not necessarily view it this way. A lot of men want to move in because it is more convenient. So have the conversation – are they both moving in together because it is convenient, or because they both want to get married someday, or do they have different expectations?

Have They Discussed Expectations and Goals?

If the couple does intend to get married eventually, set a deadline before moving in. A report in the Social Science Research journal shows that only about 40% of cohabiting couples eventually marry, so women need to discuss how long they are prepared to live together without a firm commitment. That way, both individuals know what is expected straight up. This is not about threatening the partner with breaking up if he doesn’t put a ring on her finger, but about respect and boundaries. Women can make it clear that she doesn’t intend to break up, necessarily, if they don’t become engaged within the timeframe, just that she has too much respect for herself to keep living together.

When a woman moves in with a man with the intent to marry him, then she should treat moving in as a trial marriage. Women need to think about what they expect in a life partner and be clear-eyed enough to see if their partner has those qualities. In essence, does he make her life better – or worse? Is he a good person but inclined to be a couch potato while she wants to climb Mount Everest – or vice versa?

Women shouldn’t even think about having kids until they have lived together for a couple of years, and they are confident that this is someone they want to spend their life with. While they can walk out without any complications if the ‘trial marriage’ doesn’t work out, things change once children come into the picture. Sure, if he is a rat, she can leave.

But what happens if he is a nice but dull man – and now the father of her children? Her responsibilities towards her children mean that she owes it to them to try to make the relationship work. As much as she is choosing a life partner for herself, she is also choosing a father for her children – so women must think about what attributes they are looking for in a father – health, affection, good values, and a shared philosophy of child-raising.

Women need to choose wisely before allowing themselves to fall in love, but if they are already in love, then they should see the decision to live together as a way of testing whether their hormones have made the right choice for them.

Moving Made Simple – Some Tips

So it is that time again, you are ready to move on to bigger, better places….even if that means just moving out of mom and dad’s basement into your own apartment. Now the question running through your mind is how do I get my stuff from here…..to there with the least amount of headache? The answer is simple. Hire movers, well, it is the simplest answer though maybe not the most economical. Below I will share some tips for making your next move a little less stressful without the help of hired professionals.

A little organization when packing will save a lot of heartaches when unpacking. Yes, it may be easier to play what will fit in this box with my star wars action figures, but when you go to unpack, you might find the blender you have been looking for weeks if it is placed in a box with items, not of the same variety, such as Boba Fette and Han Solo. I highly suggest when packing your boxes start in one room and fill the box with like items, such as a box of decorations, or a box of toys. Not a box of toys and socks, or a box of decorations and extension cords. This way, when you go to unpack, you can easily find the items you are looking for.

Label, label, label. If you can read and write, you should label. A box labeled pots and pans will very unlikely end up anywhere besides the kitchen. If you label your children’s boxes, you can easily avoid fights, marking simply Sarah’s toys or Jimmy’s toys. If you do happen to use boxes that have seen a move or two before, it could be easier to color code your boxes with either markers or stickers.

Simply make a list of which colored stickers go in which room. It will be easy to find the office supplies when they are all marked with the same color sticker. Also it is very useful to choose a color and dub it the “high priority” color; you would then know that the high priority color box in the bathroom most likely is holding your toilet paper.

Sort as you carry in. Nothing is more intimidating when you move than the towering stack of boxes piled just inside the door of your new home. Simply check where each box is intended to go and move it to that location as you carry it into the home. If you happen to be blessed with friends and family who are willing to help you undertake this task of moving, simply set someone in charge of separating by room and start hauling.

Sort, split and conquer. One of the worst no no’s of moving is moving more than you absolutely must. A great thing to do is to analyze your belongings before packing them away to be moved. If you can sort out the clothes that don’t fit and the Christmas gifts you didn’t know what to do with before you moved, there will be less anxiety trying to find them a home in your new home. Also, your unwanted items can find a new home helping someone who needs them by simply donating them to the Salvation Army or some other like a program in your community.

These four simple tips can make your next big move just a little more manageable and maybe even a little fun. Also, by following these simple tips, any help you may get will easily be able to sort out your belongings by room so that you do not have to micromanage every step of the move. Saving you and your friends a big headache. So don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of work involved in moving. Simply follow my little tips, and it should go just a little bit smoother. Giving you more time to enjoy your brand new home.

Moving Advice On How To Lighten The Load

Moving is a daunting, exhausting, and sometimes expensive proposition. To save money and aggravation, you should be ruthless in getting rid of unneeded items. Here are some things you can do to power through the clutter and get it out of your home before a move.

  1. Eliminate books. Books are backbreakers. They are heavy and take up space. Plus, once you’ve read a book once, you are unlikely to re-read it for years. Paper books can easily be replaced by electronic books. E-books are much lighter and don’t attract silverfish.
  2. Shred paper. Personal papers are heavy and could be valuable to identity thieves. Shred as much old and out-dated paper as possible. If you don’t need it for legal or tax purposes, or to prove an academic achievement, get rid of it. Scan and save documents to your computer and a backup storage device.
  3. Be ruthless with knick-knacks. A move is a good time to scrutinize all the little dust collectors in your home. Keep the meaningful ones and the ones that work well with your home decor. Pitch the rest. Little vases and glass knick-knacks are only a dollar or two at Goodwill.
  4. Eliminate duplicate items. Some things tend to accumulate in a home. When you have twelve tape measures, two dozen screwdrivers, five lint brushes, three shoe shine kits, and seven portable radios, you need to send some of them to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
  5. Eliminate seldom-used items. At some point, you need to get rid of things that you don’t use, display or enjoy. It’s tough because you might want to use something or preserve something like a “classic,” but sometimes you just need to let someone else preserve it. eBay is a good way to get rid of valuable stuff and get cash to soothe your aching soul. eBay also lets you see that the classic thing you are keeping is only worth $20 or so.
  6. Eliminate items unlikely to survive a move if something is fragile and likely to break catastrophically during a move. You should ditch it. Broken furniture and particleboard furniture generally falls into this category. If it is wobbly and rickety, pitch it.
  7. Eliminate items that you intend to and can afford to replace. The $10 office chair from Goodwill can be replaced by another $10 office chair from Goodwill. There is no need to take up valuable moving truck space.
  8. Eliminate items you don’t have room for in your new space. If the old couch doesn’t fit, you must get rid of it. There is no sense living in a space that stuffed floor to ceiling like a warehouse.
  9. Transport high-value items yourself. Once you’ve gotten rid of the extra stuff, your focus will shift to moving items that you don’t want the movers to handle. You may want to move small valuable, portable items on your own. For example, you may want to move any firearms, jewelry, and personal electronics in your own vehicle.
  10. Transport lightweight stuff ahead of moving day. If you are just making a local move in the same town, you may want to transport as much lightweight stuff as you can. This will minimize the amount of time your move takes the professional movers.

When we move, we generally rent a 26-foot Penske truck. It is the biggest truck on the lot, but it can only hold so much. It helps to keep in mind that we only want to keep what we can fit in one truck.

Make Moving Day Fun For Young Children

If your young children are dreading the moving day, it probably only adds to your stress. Not only do you have to worry about packing, cleaning, and organizing, but you’re faced with children who can’t stop crying about all they’re going to miss. Teenagers are more likely to adjust quickly despite leaving their friends behind, so here are a few tips for making the moving day fun for your young children.

Go Shopping

In preparation for moving day, take your young children shopping for their new rooms. Pick out a brand new comforter or perhaps a border for the walls of their rooms. This shouldn’t be approached as a bribe—I’ll buy you things to keep you quiet!—but a way to build excitement about moving.

You don’t have to spend a small fortune for young children to get excited about moving day. One or two things for their new rooms will be sufficient to create anticipation. And don’t let your children use the new items until the moving day has come.

Hold a Housewarming Party

If your young children are worried about missing their friends, you can throw a housewarming party after moving day is over to celebrate your new digs. Invite your children’s friends (and a few guests of your own, if you’d like) and have a cook-out, or just serve snack dishes while your house sits in disarray.

If you want to make the moving day fun for your young children but don’t want to have people over until your house is finished, schedule the party for a week after you move. This way, your children have something to look forward to as they prepare their rooms and help you unpack.

Create a Fun Address Book

If moving day is especially hard on your young children, an arts-and-crafts project might do the trick. Buy construction paper and glue and colorful markers, plus blank address books (one for each child), and help them decorate their books however they’d like. Then spend time adding all of their friends’ information so they know they can keep in touch.

Emphasize Community Features

If the neighborhood into which you are moving sports neat features like a swimming pool or park, emphasize these benefits for your young children. Before moving day, take them on a tour of the community so they can see what they will be gaining—and so they won’t be focusing on what they’ll be using. Talk about these benefits often.

Keep Them Busy

Young children who have their hand’s full cleaning closets or organizing boxes won’t have much time to fret. Don’t tell your children they can’t help because they’ll get frustrated; instead, assign age-appropriate tasks that can keep their minds off the negative aspects of moving day. Kids love to help, so grant their wish.

Moving day is often hardest on young children, so do whatever you can to make the process less painful. The farther away you are moving, the more tears you’re likely to see, so try to keep them occupied. If that doesn’t work, keep mentioning the great things that await them in your new house, and don’t forget to spend time with them to let them know they are loved.

Helpful Tips On Moving

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful if you plan ahead. A move can be a good thing. It can be a new beginning or a fresh start. Just keep a positive attitude.

Make a list of things you need to do. For example, check out your new neighborhood in the day as well as the night. See what schools are in the area, check out the community. Are the people friendly? Is there transportation? Are there events going on in your community? This will tell you if it is a close community.

Is your new residence affordable, and do they allow pets? Are the schools close by and if not, do they have transportation? Check prices for Internet, satellite, or cable. Once you know these facts, you won’t be surprised later. Think about how much you need to move. Do you need a truck or a moving van? Call different places for prices and ask questions about mileage and weight capacity. If you don’t need a truck, use a friend’s van or pick it up to save money.

Once you have given your notice to the management of your rental community or know your house is sold, it is time to notify all utility companies. You can call the gas, electric, satellite, Internet and your telephone provider with your new address. Be sure to give them the date you are moving in and confirm the date you are moving out of your old residence. Notify creditors, cellular providers, banks, friends, and schools.

Notify your local post office or go online to change your address. If you go online, it will cost you a dollar to change your address, and you can do this two weeks before you move. It will take a couple of weeks to arrive at the new location, so don’t be surprised if you’re not getting mail right away. Certain mail will not be forwarded, so it is important to notify everyone of your new address.

To make your move easier, you will need to get plenty of boxes, markers, newspapers, containers with lids, masking tape, and twine. Always wrap dishes and fragile items in newspapers to protect them. You can also wear rags, old socks or old clothes. Containers with lids are great for small stuff like Christmas ornaments, seasonings, medicines, and items you want to keep dry. After your boxes or containers are filled, you should mark each one with a black marker. Write the contents on the box and the room it should go into. Don’t forget to tape the bottom of each cardboard box to keep it from collapsing.

For books, I have found that stacking them by ten and wrapping them with heavy twine will keep them together, and it is easier to carry. Books are just too heavy to put into boxes, and they will collapse.

Before you move and pack unnecessary items you don’t want, have your family go through the house and get rid of unwanted items. Have children find the toys and clothes they don’t play with anymore. Take all these unwanted items and have a garage sale or moving sale. You can also put them on paper. Some newspapers offer free advertisement for classifieds. Now you have a little less to move and some extra money.

Before your children get out of school, it is a good idea to transfer their school records and transcripts. This will save time later when enrollment starts. Be sure there is transportation to and from school unless they are close enough to walk or ride their bike.

 When moving cross country, be prepared for fuel and lodging expenses. Another suggestion is renting a U haul. They offer many sizes, and they have dropped off sites in almost every area. Their prices are quite reasonable too. If you don’t care about price, then hire movers. Movers can make moving much easier.

If you have pets, it is a good idea to keep them in a large cage and make frequent stops so they can relieve themselves. If you are worried about your pets, then take them to the vet, and he or she may suggest a sedative. Sometimes animals need to be tranquilized if the trip is very long. Be safe and ask your vet.

Free Moving Boxes

Buying cardboard shipping boxes can really cut into the moving budget. Although buying small shipping boxes for packing is easy to do at a local moving company location, the expense can really add up, especially when dealing with a large household that needs to be packed. Even discount movers usually charge for cartons. There are several ways to get enough packing boxes to move a whole house full of items without any extra expense.

Dumpster Diving

Dumpster diving is a common way that many people get boxes for moving purposes. However, dumpster diving is illegal in many areas and unsafe in many others. The best way to get boxes for free from a store or business is to simply ask. Most managers will be happy to supply the day’s worth of boxes to a friendly person who politely asks. Offer to break down the boxes or come back on a day inventory is shipped in for the best results.

Internet Classified Ads

Online classified ads on popular sites like Craigslist are a great way to find free moving supplies. Craigslist and other sites like it offer free sections localized to a specific area. Moving boxes are frequently listed here as people empty them out from their own moves. These boxes are sometimes fairly new and often in great condition still. Sometimes ad placers will even throw in leftover packing material and other supplies like tape or plastic furniture covers.

Friends and Family

Put out the word on a friend and family website or call around a few weeks before moving to let everyone know that boxes will be needed. Many people have a stash of boxes in the attic or garage that they would love to get rid of. This is also a good way to get free moving help; when people ask if manpower is needed, don’t be shy; say yes!

Ask at Work

Most companies, especially companies that offer or create a product, acquire numerous shipping boxes. These are normally not re-used by the company. A mail room or shipping department usually breaks them down and puts them out with the recycling. It’s easy to send shoot out an email to the mailroom employees asking for any extra boxes. Often they will be happy to offer many more than are needed.

Purchase Moving Boxes

As a last-ditch effort, packing boxes can be purchased. In order to purchase them at the best discount, buy in bulk and try to purchase ahead of time online. Try eBay and other auction sites first. Purchase far enough in advance to pay the least amount of shipping. Also, try calling customer service instead of purchasing the right online. Often a customer service employee will have the ability to throw in an extra bonus like tape or packing material.

With careful research, organization, and time spent planning ahead, it’s very easy to acquire moving and packing supplies at no cost at all. Remember to network both online and in-person and spread the word about a future move. People will often generously offer items before they’re even requested.