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Moving is exciting. However, it is also costly. There are a few simple things you can do though to save you money on your moving expenses.

Get Packing Materials Early

As long as your move isn’t unexpected, you can start getting your packing materials early. You’ll need plenty of boxes, tape, and material to wrap fragile items in.

There are plenty of places you can get boxes at little or no expense. This is where preparing for your move early comes in.

  • Ask your employer if you can start bringing boxes home. Product deliveries, grocery deliveries, and copy paper boxes make excellent moving boxes.
  • Ask family and friends on your social media networks to donate boxes.
  • Browse around on the free section of Craigslist and Freecycle to see if anyone has posted they’ll be leaving boxes outside.
  • Stop at your grocery or liquor store and ask if you can grab boxes. Those boxes hold heavy items such as vodka and are great to pack your glass wear and other knickknacks in.

Use Your Linens

While packing your items, skip out on the bubble tape when you can. A frugal way is to use whatever linens you have.

  • Towels
  • Bed sheets
  • Curtains
  • Clothing

Since you already have these items, it’s best to use them. It avoids additional boxes for you to pack. It’s also a great alternative to using newspaper of which the ink sometimes comes off on your dishes.

Hire a Professional Moving Company

You may think professional movers are too costly, but when you think about the travel expenses, renting your own truck, and feeding friends to help you move, you’ll think twice.   Just be sure that the moving company is licensed and insured.  You want to get the best rate, but still obtain quality service.

Professional movers have the right sized truck you’ll need. This will save you on gas from multiple trips. Using a professional mover also prevents a lot of damage to your valuable items. They know exactly how to protect your items.

Shut Down Services Early

If possible, try shutting down your utilities early. A penny saved is a penny earned. This works well for cable and internet a few weeks in advance. Also, check with your utility company to ensure your bills are paid up to date. If you have a high balance, your new utility company may impose a high deposit.

Follow the above four tips to help you save money on your next move.