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This is the time of year that the real estate market tends to kick into full gear. Nobody likes moving when there’s snow on the ground and ice on the roads, so people wait until spring and summer.
Let’s say this is where you’re at. You are moving but don’t really have a lot of money just laying aside for the process. What are some ways that you can still get yourself to your new place without dropping a mint in the process?
Here are a few ideas that may help.
Liquor stores will often give you free boxes
These are the heavy-duty stuff too. Boxes aren’t the most expensive thing in the world to buy, but if you’re going to move a house, you’re going to need a lot of them. Spending a chunk of money on cardboard is doable.
Walk into your local liquor store though and tell them that you’re moving and were wondering if they had any boxes they were throwing away and they will likely say yes. It saves whoever is working behind the counter from having to break all these down, so they’ll likely appreciate somebody stepping in who is going to save them quite a bit of work.
You’ll look like a raging alcoholic when you move (“Look at all that Captain Morgain.”) but you’ll get free boxes.
Tetris your moving boxes
The more trips you have to take from Point A to Point B, the more time and gas money you’re going to be spending. Anytime you’re packing, you really need to channel your inner 1980s kid and bring Tetris into real life. Stuff every nook and cranny with boxes and stuff.
If you were to hire a professional moving service, this is exactly what these guys would be doing. If you are renting a U-Haul and have to spend extra days with your rental because you didn’t Tetris it up, guess who’s going to pay for that?
Bring the friends
This is how you actually find out if you have any. Moving is hardcore, heavy-duty work that takes hours. It’s because of this that hiring a moving service can be pretty expensive. Those guys don’t come to your house and struggle with your mahogany desk for free.
Having your friends swing by can not only save you the moving fees but if you’re just moving across town, can help you to save on gas and time as well. What would take you six hours of driving can easily be whittled down to 30 minutes if you have enough of your friends show up to help you out.
Note: Do make sure you have food and water for these people. They’re not robots – they’re still human beings – and they’re going to need both of these things if you want to keep them running full steam and happy. A couple of Little Caeser pizzas and a big carton of water really do go a long way. Plus, it’s a small way to show you’re thankful.
Also, if you don’t already have as much of your stuff packed away in boxes as possible before these people show up, you’re a lazy bum. Do the work.
Somebody needs to have a truck
If you’re going to have your friends come and help you move, somebody really needs to have a truck. This is the only way you’re going to get mattresses, bookcases, tables, and couches out of there.
This person is also going to need straps to tie everything down as well. You can easily pick these up for a couple of bucks at Harbor Freight. Yes, you do need them. Spending $20 on straps is much less expensive than giving tens of thousands to the man who you almost killed with a flying couch.
U-Haul moving trucks or vans
At some point, you may have to consider this as an option. If you’re moving such a long way away that to ask people to assist by driving all that way would be rude and ridiculous on your part, then get the U-Haul.
Yeah, it costs money, but if you sincerely have no other options, well, then this is just a part of the cost of life and you’re going to have to figure it out.
But you can do it. You’re smart. After all, you read The Frugalite.
Hurting yourself is expensive
You do have to consider the price point of your health here to some extent. If you cannot lift something by yourself or with your friends, then you’re only going to hurt yourself if you try.
- You only get one back. I’ve met a lot of people who have spent a small fortune trying to get their back back.
- Because of this, you also need to think about how hurting yourself is going to impact your ability to work the next couple of days, how it is going to make the unloading process go, and if you’ll be able to suffer through the drive while injured.
You can’t think in terms of dollar signs about everything. If you need to hire somebody, good grief, just do it.
Not everything in life can be free
If you’re thinking that you’re going to be able to get through a moving process without spending a dime, you’re most likely mistaken. Boxes, tape, gas, rentals, and food are all some of the things you’re probably going to have to purchase to make this all happen. But there are ways to do this without breaking the bank, and that’s the point I wanted to make here today.
What are your thoughts on all this, though? How do you cut costs on moving? Are there other inexpensive tips for moving you’ve found to be effective? I’m particularly interested to know if there are ways to save on U-Hauls. Let us know what you’re thinking in the comment section.
Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has four published books, What School Should Have Taught You, The Faithful Prepper, An Arm and a Leg, The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.