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.
If you're anything like me, you hate moving, too, and want to reduce as many expenses as possible.
Use these tips below to save $$$!
Here are my tips for moving on a strict budget
1. Get rid of enough items so you don't need a moving truck.
When J.D. and I move to Austin, we plan on minimizing as much as possible and only taking 2 cars worth of items. This is very easy for me to do since I've moved several times the past few years and always managed to keep everything in my car.
Over the years I've realized how much I hoard, which has to lead to doing much cleaning and getting rid of things. Traveling for long periods of time has allowed me to realize how much stuff I actually need, which all fits in my backpack.
Savings: Approximately $1,000+.
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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. Create a smart driving schedule.
It's not the smartest idea to move an extremely heavy truck at 5 mph during rush hour.
Try to keep your truck going at a steady constant pace on the highway to get the best fuel for your mileage.
Savings: Depends on where and when you are moving.
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.
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 years, get rid of it and invest in some new furniture in your new town.
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