Practical ways to live better on less.
A move can be exciting, however, also really pricey, especially if it involves a cross country drive. To help ease some of the frusturation of a lengthy move, you need to plan in advance and take your time organizing. When moving you need to look at the 3 main areas in which you have the potential to save money: truck rental costs, packing costs, and expenses incurred along the route to your new home. I have moved several times over the past few years, always looking for new ways to save money. Here are a few of my best tips to save on your next move. Feel free to share your favorite budget friendly moving tips!
1. Pack yourself over hiring a mover. Although moving companies like PODS are convenient, they are much more expensive. A little bit of healthy effort loading boxes yourself can add up to 100s of dollars in savings. I checked PODS prices on a recent move and was shocked – it would have cost me an additional $1500 on top of the gas I would need to put into my car to drive myself as opposed to pulling my car on a rental truck.
2. Compare rates of different rental companies. Budget Truck Rental tends to be a bit cheaper than U-Haul.
2. Search online for discount coupons. I recently found a 25% off a Budget Truck Rental, which saved me several hundred dollars.
3. Consider pulling a trailer as opposed to driving a truck. If you can fit your stuff into a trailer, choosing this option will likely save you hundreds of dollars. For example, if you plan on buying new furniture for your move you should wait to buy it until you arrive at your new location. This way, you can take the cheaper trailer as opposed to the pricey truck. Sell as much unnecessary items before your move and squeeze everything into the trailer.
4. Find free boxes. You don’t need to pay for boxes. Check liquor stores, grocery stores, and local libraries for a start. Liquor stores usually always have a stock of small-medium size heavy duty boxes (the boxes are very sturdy as heavy liquor bottles are shipped in them), which are ideal for storing books, movies, and heavy dishes.
5. Find free wrapping supplies. Head over to your local library and ask if they have any newpspaper to give away. This is much cheaper than paying for pricey bubble wrap and works just as well. My library was able to give me a huge stack of newspapers that they were about to get rid of – libraries typically hold newspapers for just a few weeks, so call before heading over to see if they are ready to toss out the old papers.
6. Plan hotels in advance. You will save money and frusturation by booking your hotels in advance. This also keeps you from the tiresome search for a hotel late at night after hours of driving. It also keeps to pre-research hotels if you need certain amenities such as pet friendly rooms or ample truck parking. I recommend finding hotels with free breakfasts. This saves you both time and money. Get up and enjoy a free breakfast and get back on the road!
7. Pack food for your drive. Make breakfast and lunch for the cooler and pack it into the truck or car. This way you won’t have to stop for a pricey, unhealthy fast food meal. Bring with plenty of snacks and water bottles so you can avoid pricey gas station stops. When you get to your first hotel, go to the grocery store and plan your meals for the next day. Find a picnic table or park to enjoy your breakfast/lunch each day of your drive. This tactic will save you a bundle and also give you a refreshing break from the tiresome drive.
8. Save in advance. Start putting aside money for your move well ahead of time. Set up a budget and plan for exactly how much you will need, including: truck rental fees, gas expenses, lodging and food expenses. This will help ensure that you have enough to cover everything without last minute stress.
9.Sell items you no longer need. Moving is a great time to declutter and determine what items are worth keeping for your new place. Hold a garage
sale or sell items on eBay/Craigs List. This will give you some extra cash for your move and also free up some packing time/boxes.
10. Deduct moving expenses on your tax return. If you are moving for a new job (the new job has to be at least 50 miles further than your current job), you can deduct the expenses on your next tax return. You can deduct up to $2500 for expenses such as gas expenses (23 cents per mile).