Some Free Ways to Snag Some Savings on Moving Supplies

Moving is already going to cost you a lot of time and money, so when you have the opportunity to save a couple bucks on moving supplies, it doesn’t make sense to spend money when you don’t have to. Moving supplies, when bought at the store, can cost up to $50 or more, depending on what you need to buy. Here are some quick ways to snag some savings on moving supplies for the big day.

  • Cardboard Boxes  – Boxes are a must for people who are moving knickknacks, clothes, furniture, and other items. They make it easy to pack, and easy to unpack. And you can get cardboard boxes from stores like BJ’s which use them instead of bags. You also can get them if you browse Craigslist for freebies. Or, in a not so classy way, you may try finding a dumpster full of cardboard boxes.
  • Packing Peanuts – You can always save the extra packing peanuts that you get from fragile purchases for later on, however there is a pretty big chance that local stores are tossing out packing peanuts that came with large purchases that they made.
  • Newspaper – An excellent alternative to packing peanuts, there are always stacks of newspaper being thrown out on every corner. You can also get newspaper from some of the free handouts at stores, and from local recycling groups. If you can’t find much newspaper for free, you can always crumple it to improve the amount of space and cushioning you get from every sheet.
  • Bubble Wrap – Another frequently discarded moving tool, bubble wrap is an excellent choice for people who seriously want to make sure that the expensive vases and delicates in their home will make it to the next home. You might also find bubble wrap and foam being discarded on the side of the road after another family unpacks new furniture that was shipped to them in a kit.
  • A Dolly – Okay, so finding an actual dolly that can help you wheel around your furniture for free isn’t likely, but what we have found is that many neighbors and friends are willing to lend theirs out to families that they care about during a moving day. If you know someone who has one of these super handy tools, it’s best to ask them if you can borrow it before plunking down money for a rental.

Much of the work that you will have to do in order to score cheap or free moving supplies is searching for people who don’t need those supplies any more. Of course, there are other ways to get the savings on moving supplies that you need without having to spend too much money. Discount stores always have moving supplies like tape and cardboard boxes for low prices, and you never should have to worry too much about needing any of these items in too large a quantity.  With a little bit of work and a little bit of research, you’ll quickly find that moving doesn’t always have to be super expensive.