Between a security deposit or down payment, professional movers, and other expenses, moving house can be quite expensive. You should not have to spend a lot of money on supplies to get you from one home to the next, as well. Of course, you may need to buy packing tape and stickers or a marker for labeling, but most other items you can get for free. This quick guide will fill you in on where you can get moving supplies without increasing your budget.
- Stores – Every store around receives their products in boxes. You can go to office supply, liquor, grocery, and sporting goods stores and just ask for their boxes from their next shipment.
- Restaurants – This category also includes bars and coffee shops, too. Any establishment that serves liquor will have the best boxes. If you pick up boxes used to deliver food, make sure they are clean.
- Craigslist – With so much concern over the environment, many people list their boxes they used for their own move on Craigslist to make sure they get used to their full potential. Be sure to check out Freecycle, too.
- Schools – Books and office supplies get delivered in boxes. Plus, the cafeteria might have some from its food shipment.
Around the House
You do not need to pay for packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or packing paper; one of the best places to discover moving supplies is in your own home. Towels, linens, t-shirts, tanks, socks, sweaters, etc., can all be used to wrap breakables and cushion and stuff boxes. Garbage bags can be placed over clothes left on hangers to protect them and Zip-lock bags can be used for cables, hardware, and loose items.
Friends and Family
If you still need more supplies for moving, scavenge around your mom’s house to see what you can find or borrow your friend’s luggage sitting out in his garage.