Moving on a Budget: Cost-Saving Tips for a Frugal Relocation

Updated July 11, 2024
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Planning a move, but don’t know where to start?

It’s no secret that moving can be stressful, but it can also be costly if you don’t plan and adhere to a budget. Here’s 5 cost saving tips for your next move!

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1. Declutter, Sell, and Donate

A common saying goes, “You never know how much stuff you have until you move.” This reality often hits during the moving process, making it crucial to declutter your space beforehand. Moving unnecessary items only adds to the cost in terms of labor and supplies. Take the time to sort through your belongings and get rid of anything that is broken, no longer needed, or duplicated. You can also upcycle materials such as old glass jars and use them as planters for your new and vibrant balcony oasis.

Unsure where to begin? Here’s a helpful tip: In the weeks before your move, hang all your clothes with the hangers facing backward. As you wear and wash your clothes, put them back on the rack with the hangers facing the right way. By the end of the month, you’ll be surprised at how many hangers remain turned backward. Use this as an opportunity to sort through those clothes and thoughtfully consider whether you will wear them in the future. Donate gently used items in good condition to your local Goodwill to give them a second life.

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2. Budget-Friendly Moving Supplies

Packing supplies can be a major expense, with boxes alone costing over $2.50 each. Stay within your budget and save money by collecting large, sturdy boxes from deliveries and asking friends and family to do the same. Check local listings on Craigslist or Facebook for free or cheap moving supplies from others who have recently moved.

Get creative while packing! Use dishcloths, potholders, towels, and clothing items as padding for fragile items. This not only protects your belongings but also helps you save on additional supply costs by utilizing what you already have.

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3. Research Your Move

Decide whether to hire professional movers or do it yourself. Professional movers can be expensive, so if you’re on a budget, consider local movers who might offer discounts. The timing of your move can also impact costs, with rates varying based on the day and season.

If you choose to DIY your move, you may need to recruit friends and family to help keep things moving, borrow carts and dollies, and complete the move within a reasonable timeframe to return the truck on time.

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4. Pack an Essentials Box

Your move is in full swing, and you’re doing great! But now, you can’t find anything! To make the process smoother, pack an essentials box with staple household items such as scissors, toilet paper, garbage bags, cleaning spray, paper towels, a pen and paper, fresh bath towels, and perhaps some snacks. This will help you get through the first wave of unpacking until you can locate everything you need for daily life again. This will help save money by eliminating unnecessary trips to the store and avoiding buying items you already have!

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5. Cancel Utilities and Services

You’ve completed your move, and the most challenging parts are behind you. Before you jump into the excitement of setting up your new home, don’t forget to cancel the utilities at your previous residence. This step is often overlooked during the busy moving process and can cost hundreds if not handled properly. Now is also a great time to complete your change of address and cancel any unused subscriptions!

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Moving doesn’t have to break the bank. With a bit of planning and these cost-saving tips, you can manage your move efficiently and economically. Good luck with your move—you’ve got this!


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