How To Move On A Strict Budget

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Are you moving soon? If so, you’re probably going to try and do whatever you can to save as much money as possible.

The average couple spends between $500 and $1,500 when moving, making the process of moving into a new home even more stressful.

Use these tips below to save $$$!

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Here are my tips for moving on a strict budget

1. Start saving now by reducing reoccuring expenses

Billshark is a MUST for anyone who has a cell phone, cable, internet, or insurance bill and wants to lower their bill.

And trust me, it works because I’ve used it myself on 3 different bills and I’ve saved $290.

Here’s how Billshark works:

  1. Send copies of your bills to Billshark. (I did this by uploading an online PDF of each bill).
  2. Billshark negotiates all of the bills you send in.
  3. You get notified if Billshark was successful. If they are, they take 40% of the savings. Ex. Billshark saved me $290 over the course of 6 months, so I pay them $116. I can do this in a monthly payment plan or all at once.

It’s definitely worth the savings and it was such an easy process. 

You can start lowering your bills with Billshark here.

2. If you do decide to rent a moving truck company, get a few different quotes.

When we were thinking about getting a moving truck, we couldn’t believe the price difference between companies for the SAME EXACT truck. One company even offered more truck space for less money.

Look at the list of moving services offered on a moving company’s website to see what kind of services you can expect.

Savings: Approximately $200.

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3. Get rid of enough items, so you don’t need a moving truck.

Over the years, I’ve realized how much I hoard stuff, which has to lead to doing much cleaning and getting rid of things.

Traveling for long periods has allowed me to realize how much stuff I need, which all fits in my backpack.

Savings: Approximately $1,000+.

Related: 10 Ways To Cut Your Monthly Expenses

4. Put your DVD’S in binders instead of keeping them in DVD cases.

DVD cases are bulky and can be quite troublesome to move around everywhere.

By investing in one basic CD binder, you’re creating a ton of room and saving so much space when moving to your next destination.

It’s always entertaining watching people go through your garbage and thinking they’ve scored with a bunch of movies, then seeing their faces when they open up the DVD cases and find them all empty.

Savings: A TON of space.

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5. Start collecting boxes ahead of time.

Ask friends and family in the area if they have any leftover boxes.

You can even start collecting boxes at certain stores that throw away all of their large boxes.

Savings: $100-$400

6. Maybe it’s time to invest in a gas card.

Certain if not most gas cards have special offers and save you some change for even gallon purchased.

Savings: Depends on the amount of gas bought.

I would strongly consider selling as many things as possible when making a long distance move.

If you have furniture that is worn down and most likely going to end up in the garbage the next couple of years, get rid of it, and invest in some new furniture in your new town.

➡️ What to read next: 30 Ways To Cut Your Spending And Save Thousands Per Year

What are some other tips you would recommend for moving on a budget?

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. I highly appreciate this talking point. Expensive moving is one of a reason that your stress mode will be triggered.

    1. Thanks for reading, Nicole!

  2. Hi Alexis

    Thank you for your great idea. It will helps me after few days. That’s why i just bookmarked your post. By the way thank you very much for your hard work. Please keep writing like this.

    Regards,
    Fabian

    1. Thanks for reading Fabian!

  3. Great tips to such a relevant topic!
    Apart from selling, I think, you can also donate stuff or share/exchange them with your friends

    1. Great idea!

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