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Moving on the Cheap - 4 Steps to Saving Money on Moving Supplies

Updated on June 27, 2015

Moving can be expensive, even if you plan on renting a truck and moving yourself. Boxes, paper, bubble wrap, tape, it all adds up. Follow my 4 steps to save a bundle on your move.

Subscribe to Your Local Newspaper

If you don't have a newspaper subscription, get one. If you have 3 weeks or more before your move, it is worth it to start stockpiling newspaper. Call up your local newspaper and ask if they have a subscription deal (they don't need to know that you are moving soon). Sign up for the best deal on a daily subscription and then stockpile the paper. Packing paper averages about $1 per pound; a newspaper subscription at full price will be approximately 66 cents per day. Don't forget to cancel your subscription after you move.

Pick Up Some Free Boxes

Contact a local paper shredding company and find out if they have document boxes available; these work great for books and smaller heavy items. You will typically have more success with a small business rather than a large one. In addition, go to and search for free moving boxes. When people move they become overwhelmed with empty boxes and sometimes, packing material. This is best done after the first of the month since that is typically when people are unpacking.

Don't Pack Your Linens and Towels

Don't waste boxes packing your linens and towels. Use these items as padding and wrap for all of your breakables. Pillow cases work great to wrap large ceramic or glass bakeware. Use sheets, blankets and towels to provide additional padding on the bottom and top of boxes. Even throw pillows can be used as padding in boxes of breakables.

Buy the Rest of Your Supplies

No matter how frugal you are, you will end up needing to buy some supplies. When this time comes, make sure you visit your local home improvement warehouse. Boxes and packing supplies are more reasonably priced than at moving and storage facilities. Also, you may be able to go to an online retail site such as Home Depot or Lowe's and purchase a moving kit with free shipping at a reasonable price.


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    • Sharon McConnell profile image

      Sharon McConnell 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      You are welcome! I have moved twice in the last year so I am getting good at it!

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      Sojourner McConnell 6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Very nice tips on gathering packing supplies. Thanks for a great hub!