Moving is expensive, and this is true whether your move is local or long-distance. The costs of hiring movers, renting a truck, buying boxes and taking time off work add up quickly. This is why so many of us have to watch our spending and reduce our budgets before, during and after a move.
Fortunately, there are several ways to keep moving expenses manageable. Here are some ideas:
Make the Most of Discounts
The post office partners with many businesses to offer discounts when customers change their address. File your change of address online and you will be offered digital coupons for a variety of services, including storage and purchases at local stores. You will likely also receive coupons in the mail. You can use these special offers to buy the items that you need to complete your move or settle into your new home.
Another thing to consider is that many Internet, phone and cable companies offer discounts to new customers and people who have recently moved. Websites like Moving Specials offer database search services that provide you with information on specials and discounts offered by local cable/Internet companies. By taking advantage of these specials, you may be able to save a significant amount of money over what you are currently paying for your phone, TV and Internet service.
Sort, Sell, Donate
Sort through your belongings and decide what you want to keep and what you no longer need. Some items can be sold through Craigslist or eBay, earning cash that can round out your budget and support your move. In other cases, you can make donations to local charities that can get you a tax deduction.
Another option is to trade your useful, but no longer needed, belongings for help with your move. Has your best friend often admired your end table or your winter coat? Offer him or her the item in exchange for help with packing.
Move the Small Stuff Early
Movers charge for their time. The less you have to move, the less you pay. If you are able to get the keys to your new place before your official moving day, take advantage of the opportunity to pack small and light items and haul them over yourself. You can potentially save hundreds of dollars by moving clothing, small pieces of furniture and personal electronics yourself.