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Save Money During a Move

September 8th, 2007 by rosie · 7 Comments

Moving is such a pain. I have moved 9 times since I got married, and we aren’t even military!!!! It’s always a lot of hard work and never any fun. And it can cost a small fortune.

But if you have to move and you are on a budget, there are a few things you can do to save a few bucks.

1. It’s always cheaper if you do it yourself. Hiring a moving company to pack up your things, load a truck, drive it for you, and then unpack all those boxes can cost thousands of dollars. You can save a big chunk of change if you do as much as you can yourself. There are times when it makes sense to hire someone to do all or part of the above steps, but most circumstances don’t warrant hiring someone else to do everything.

2. Don’t pay for moving boxes or packing materials. You can get these free from www.craigslist.com or if you go dumpster diving. You can also use some of your own household items to protect your breakables, like using hand towels in between plates, or wrapping glasses in pillowcases.

3. Shop around. If you must get some help for your move, then call around and do some comparison shopping. Prices vary widely. Search for on-line coupon codes, see who will beat competitors prices, and ask for any applicable discounts. We just rented a U-Haul trailer (they are the only company that has trailers for rent one-way across the country) and when I first reserved the trailer a month before our move, it came the $521, plus tax and insurance. I checked back 2 days before we were to pick it up, and the price had dropped to $440. Of course I called and was given the cheaper price. This happened another time and we saved over $100 that time. The Post Office offers coupons either on-line or in their change of address packet.

4. Avoid paying for storage long term. Many people pay good money to store things that could easily be replaced for the same or less money. Long before you move, start giving away things you do not use or have a few garage sales. Moving is certainly a pain, but it’s also a good time to clean out your closets and get rid of clutter. If there are some items you will need to store, figure out if that’s cost effective; it may be cheaper to sell those items and replace them later after figuring in storage costs.

Looking to save money? Maybe make some money? The government gives away billions of dollars a year, and if you know how where to find it, some of it can be yours! Free money is out there for anyone who takes the time to find it: money for women entrepreneurs, college students, and even free money for your retirement down the road!

When it comes to saving money during a move, preparation and knowledge are key. And if you have some strong friends with trucks, that helps too!

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    Comment by Warhammer
    2007-09-09 16:02:54

    Wow, 9 times. And I thought my 3 times is enough :P

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    Comment by Crystal
    2007-09-10 07:28:32

    I definitely agree with #4. Storage can cost as much as a small apartment’s rent. It would be more profitable to give away your stuff then put it away in storage long-term. Great tips, and that’s coming from someone who moves every 3 months :)

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    Comment by Chamonix
    2007-09-17 16:32:14

    I’m on five moves with my boyfriend and we’re yet to get married yet, and every time it gets more and more annoying.

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    2007-09-20 07:49:57

    Though I am not married yet, I definitely agree that moving is quite hard,it is tiring, it is annoying, it’s expensive. Recently, my older brother and my sister-in-law moved to another place. And it was so labored. Before that, we packed their things hardly, rent a cheapest truck , carried there, unpacked here, wheew! I hate it!

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    Comment by Lucio
    2007-09-20 14:50:19

    If you are renting a moving truck, I’d suggest calling up U-haul, getting a quote from them and then getting a quote from Ryders. Sometimes you can get them into competition with each other and it will drive down the cost of the move.

    Another tip is to check for surrounding areas. This works with trucks or trailers. If its a long distance move, the price difference can be substantial even for places not far apart. Example. Say you’re moving from Denver to Seattle. You might wanna check the rates for dropoff in Tacoma, Washington. It’s an hour drive from Seattle but you might save a nice chunk of change.

    Remember, U-Haul has a 1-800 number, put their agents to work saving you money.

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    Comment by Rosie
    2007-09-20 17:34:49

    Great tips! Thanks.

    2007-12-28 14:06:02

    You’ve moved 9 times! That’s insane. I hope these were apartments because if you bought and sold 9 homes you must be truly mad, or you really like new homes. I’ve moved through many apartments, but only two houses.

    My favorite tip for moving is to label your boxes based on where you want them to go in the new place – such as living room, basement, garage, etc. Those that are helping you move need only to place the box in the correct rooms!

    Thanks for the tips!

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