Moving expenses can rack up quickly. Most people want to find as many ways to save on costs as possible. One great way to save some money is to get creative with your moving supplies. Boxes, packing paper, peanuts, and other such materials quickly add charges on to your final bill. However, you can utilize household items for padding and find free boxes to save on the materials fee. So where can you go to find free moving boxes? Here are some of the best avenues to finding moving boxes on the cheap.
The internet age has brought a plethora of opportunities to find and exchange items. Craigslist is a great option for selling things you don’t want to move as well as finding free boxes. By looking under the site’s free section, you may be able to score boxes or packing materials from people who have just moved or have accumulated these items. You can also post in the wanted section that you are in need of boxes and can acquire some that way as well.
This online forum is similar to Craigslist. While you do have to sign up, there are no fees associated with registration and everything is free in this community, as the name reflects. While this site is not for profit, it has an impressive reach, with millions of members and groups in or near most communities. Asking for free boxes here more than likely will yield some success.
Retail stores as well as grocery and food stores get deliveries often. The boxes these deliveries come in need to be gotten rid of, which usually requires employees breaking down and recycling them. A quick call to the store and a polite request to the manager to take the boxes off their hands can be very fruitful. Many people are happy to get ride of the delivery boxes and will set them aside for you to pick up. Retail, grocery, liquor, and bookstores all will have boxes of different size and durability. Calling around to several different stores can help you accumulate enough boxes and in the varying sizes you’ll need.
Family, Friends, and Social Media
Most people know at least one friend or family member that has moved relatively recently. Asking your social network and family for old boxes, or preemptively asking them to hold onto moving boxes will give you a great source of moving materials. Advertising on social media can help enlist others to join your search. Anyone who has moved knows the struggle of trying to save some money when you relocate. Getting the word out that you need some help will increase the likelihood of finding more boxes and may also yield helpful advice from others about how to have a smooth move.
One important thing to remember is that just because a box is free doesn’t mean you should take it. You should inspect all the boxes you are considering and make sure that they are sturdy and clean so that your items will be secure and arrive undamaged. If a box doesn’t look like it will hold or has water damage or food residue, you may want to find a different one. Once you have moved and broken down your boxes, you should think twice before throwing them away. Maybe you know someone who is going to make a move relatively soon who would greatly appreciate reusing your boxes free of charge. If you have enough storage space, you can hold onto the boxes for your next move or until someone in your circle makes a move. If you want to get rid of them, you can turn to the internet and help out another savvy mover looking to save on materials.