Frugal Moving Tips

Moving is not easy! You are packing up your entire home and moving everything into a new home which can be quite daunting. Add to that movers, renting a truck, buying boxes, buying tape, and the expenses can add up quickly! However, it is possible to move on the cheap!

Frugal moving tips:

Invest in a Tape Gun Dispenser: My mother-in-law gave us one 3 moves ago and it has been an extremely helpful tool! This enables us to quickly build broken down boxes as well as securely tape up packed boxes. A tape gun dispenser is very inexpensive, you can purchase a decent one for around $10!

Use Free Boxes: Since we didn’t have much time between finding out we were moving and our moving day we thought we were going to have to purchase boxes. Do you know how much boxes cost? Small boxes are around $1.50 and large boxes are about $2.50, each! We could very easily spend $100 or more just on boxes!

We found sources of free boxes! My husband brought 10 or so home from work, a lady from church who worked in a retail store brought us about 25 really nice boxes and I called Dollar General and was able to get around 40 boxes! All of the free boxes were broken down but building boxes only takes about 15 seconds with a tape gun. I’m willing to invest 15 seconds per box to save $1.50 or more!

Have 3-4 Good Markers: Having a few good markers instead of just one makes labeling boxes more time efficient! Since there were several markers throughout the house, I never had to walk far to find one! (It seems like they just walk off sometimes!) Remember that labeling boxes very clearly makes unpacking much easier!

Do It Yourself: Don’t hire movers! We toyed with this idea too but it’s expensive! Plus, I’m a little picky and really didn’t want other people packing my boxes, mostly because of the unpacking! I clearly label all of our boxes and know exactly what is in it before opening. Thankfully, our parents helped us load the truck and friends from our new church helped us unload!

Rent a Truck: Renting a truck and driving it yourself saves money over paying someone to drive! It cost $380 to rent the largest truck U-Haul had! (Yes, it is a littleĀ embarrassingĀ that we needed a truck that big! And no, it wasn’t packed to the brim!) The first time we moved, we used John David’s parents’ small pull behind trailer. We had our mattress strapped to the top and John David’s mom’s van loaded. Trust me, it’s much easier to just pay for a moving truck and not worry if it is going to rain and ruin things that are strapped to roofs!

And don’t worry about hiring a babysitter, just use a moving box to contain your child! (We had to snap a picture of Paxton in a box to document the moving process!!)

These frugal moving tips helped keep money in our pockets!

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3 Replies to “Frugal Moving Tips”

  1. I absolutely hate moving, it's just so stressful. These are some great tips. I had to use movers when I moved because of a lack of strong men to help me! I got a cheaper deal by packing the boxes myself so all the removal company had to do was put them in the van and go. It worked out a lot cheaper and I didn't have to have strangers going through my stuff!

  2. We just moved into our new home a few months ago and I found boxes for fairly cheap at Lowe's and Home Depot. I think even the largest size were around $1.50 or less. And we didn't need many big boxes b/c they are too heavy to carry.
    We got friends to help us move too. Free and frugal!
    I think we had a dozen friends and family help us move. We moved in under 4 hours and not everyone stayed the entire time, just a couple of hours, but it was amazingly helpful. I was 36 weeks pregnant and couldn't do anything, so I was so thankful for the help.
    And I told everyone we would provide lunch. I bought ham, turkey, cheese, bread, chips and ice cream sandwiches at the grocery store and fed everyone and there was enough to have more than one sandwich. I didn't spend an arm and a leg at a fast food joint. Instead I spent $15 dollars for all that and had plenty left over for us to have later on. Definitely frugal!
    Thanks for your moving tips!!!

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