My {New} Thrifty Home: How to Make Moving Easy

22 Oct

Moving is never easy {or FUN!}. After moving twice in three months, I know that for a fact. However, the recent experience helped me discover and re-discover ways to save $$, sanity, and time during the process. So, here are some of my favorite moving tips:

Boxes: To move, you need boxes {duh}. LOTS of boxes. But I didn’t want to pay for them – and you shouldn’t have to either! To find free boxes, scour your local Walmart at around 11pm or 12am any day of the week – this is when they reload the shelves and are emptying and breaking down boxes everywhere. I simply grab a cart, walk around the store, and fill it with boxes in the sizes and shapes I need, then walk right out and load them into my trunk! Totally free, and as an added bonus: recycling is eco-fabulous!

There are times, however, where the free Walmart boxes might not work best – for example – how about hanging all of those winter coats and nice dresses?! I chose to splurge and pay for ONE box while moving the second time: a nice wardrobe box from U-Haul. $$ is worthwhile when it saves that much time and effort!

While we packed, our cat Queso tested the boxes for comfort. They got an A+.

Labels: Label, label, label everything! I can’t express how much time and frustration it will save once you’re in the new place. I suggest labeling first by room and then by what’s inside the box. To save time and energy, I downloaded these clean and cute labels from The Project Girl. Simply print, write, & tape!

And look how organized my boxes became! {Well, still a bit messy… but as organized as a moving box in a U-Haul can be!}:

And finally, The Move: When it comes to spending and saving, I am a big advocate of spending when it’s important to spend! I highly recommend going with a moving company/truck rental that has great reviews, good customer service, and is well-known {but still decently priced!} Ask questions like: what do the previous customer reviews say? What happens if my car or truck breaks down half way there? How far do I have to go to pick up or drop off the truck? Are there any hidden fees?

While you might splurge to have a great truck or service itself, save in other ways: Load and unload the truck yourself – inviting a reliable group of friends to come help {and providing them pizza afterwards} is way cheaper than hiring professionals; Consider towing one car behind the truck – how much will it save you in gas and wear and tear on the car to do this, instead of driving it too?; Get the most out of your gas mileage – read up on the best ways to conserve gas while driving, and use an app  or website like GasBuddy to ensure you’re paying the lowest gas prices for those monster gas tanks.

Have you find other ways to save money {and sanity} while moving? What are your tips and tricks?

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