Wednesday, July 8, 2009

13 Frugal Tips for Moving

As time draws closer to our interstate move (2 weeks from today), I thought I would share some of the things I have learned and/or done to make this an easier task.
Note: the length of time you have to prepare for a move is key to some of these tips...the longer you have, the better off you are.

1. Start packing early, but beware that you don't pack anything you will need. If you are moving in the summer, pack your winter clothes, your Christmas decorations, etc. If you have a ton of dishes (yes, I am guilty of that) pack your surplus, keeping only your everyday set out. You get the idea.
2. Glean boxes anywhere you can. Moving boxes are expensive if you buy them new. Try your classifieds, craigslist, freecycle, your local grocery store, copy store, even the liquor store. Get creative. I got a bunch of boxes from a neighbor who is a teacher. At the end of the school year, the teachers got in orders of books for the coming year. Those boxes were perfect for packing my books.
3. Packing paper ideas can be just as creative. Save old magazines and newspapers. Ask your friends for their newpapers, too. Call the local newspaper office and see if they will let you have the ends of their newspaper rolls.
4. If you are moving yourself, look into all of the moving truck companies. I initially thought I would go with U-Haul, but when I looked into Penske, I found that I could save hundreds of dollars. I also got an additional discount because I am a AAA member.
5. If you have any sort of food stockpile, start planning menus around what you have. Use that up so you don't have to pack it. I have been buying only milk, eggs, cheese, butter and occasional fresh fruit for the last 3 months!
6. Invest in a tape gun. I can't tell you how much easier it is to seal boxes with a tape gun than picking the end with your fingernail, holding it, cutting it with scissors, etc. You will save so much time!
7. Get your new address as soon as possible. Knowing where I was going, I got a PO box. Although you may choose to have your mail delivered to your new residence after you move, if you have some sort of address, you can save a lot of headaches. My PO box only cost me $26 for 6 months!
8. Change all of the addresses of your magazine subscriptions. Most of these you can do online. Remember that magazines often need 6 weeks to process address changes.
9. While you are changing addresses, change it with USPS, too.
10. Inform your utilities, auto insurance and other bills that you are moving. You don't want to be billed for things you don't use, you want to make sure your car is insured in your new place and you don't want to miss a payment if other bills are delayed.
11. Label your packed boxes well. In big letters, list the contents and the room where the box is going. Later, you will be glad you don't have to go through 10 boxes labeled kitchen just to find your can opener.
12. Take stock of your belongings and purge. If you haven't used something for 6 or more months, do you really need to move it? Have a garage sale, use ebay or your local classifieds or freecycle to get rid of things you don't want anymore. Your local thrift store may also benefit from your surplus.
13. Refill prescriptions as close to your move date as possible. In my case, I have a son who is on 5 different meds. I am going to have to find new doctors and get new health insurance (ugh) I don't know how long that is going to take, but certainly don't want to run out in the meantime. Talk to your doctors and see if they will give you extra refills.

This is linked to Thursday-13 and Frugal Fridays.


Martha said...

Wise advice! We are planning a pretend we're moving week next week to really get down and dirty with cleaning, organizing and decluttering! Good luck with your move, hope all goes smoothly! :-)

Alice Audrey said...

When I packed my kitchen I put away redundant items first - for instance all but a couple of measuring cups, all but a dozen plates, and found I had boxes and boxes of extras. said...

Hello from T13! I am guilty of having a ton of dishes, too....just LOVE them!

And I love your site design, too. Precious!

Good luck with your move!

Sandy Kessler said...

splendid advice

Hazel said...

Thanks for the tips. I remember when I moved the magazine subscription I had was cancelled because I wasn't that organized in that part.

AD said...

good luck :)

hope all is well and smooth

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Adelle Laudan said...

Wise words. I swore when I moved last summer, I'll never do it again. I hope everything goes smoothly and you love your new home. Happy T13!

Brenda ND said...

What helpful advice! Thanks.

CountryDew said...

These are great moving tips! I hope you're going to someplace you really want to be.

Carleen said...

This very good list reminds me why I hate moving so much, LOL!

Anonymous said...

Great list! Happy T13.

Pamela Kramer said...

Oh I don't like to move! Great tips though. It can be so stressfull.

Allison said...

Very interesting list. I saw over time that it's for a long distance move---I'm not a regular reader so I didn't know that.

I'm planning a move. Don't know when, don't know exactly to where, but I know it will be a short distance move (hopefully just in this town, that's what we plan, gonna buy a house). A lot of your tips still apply though!

I've been stockpiling boxes for MONTHS. I've got small ones, big ones, medium ones---I tend to use them for collecting stuff to donate, but most of them will be used for moving when it's time if they're here.

My list deals with having to boil water because of a local water main break on Wednesday :-)

Melissa said...

These are all good tips. I am not looking forward to moving again!

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