Regardless of the size of your budget, moving is stressful. Not only do you have to arrange, organize, pack, and move all of the belongings in your home, you have to switch over your utilities to new companies and get your family settled into their new surroundings. Fortunately, you don’t need a massive budget to make it all happen. Follow these tips to learn how to move without breaking the bank.
Shop Around to Find the Cheapest Utilities
While many places have specific companies for things such as electric, gas, and water, you choose a provider for your cable, Internet, and home phone service. To save money, it’s important to shop around for the best price available.
To do this, you need to determine whether you want traditional cable or satellite service. Then, you need to contact local companies to see who has the best prices. You might be surprised to see DIRECTV offers are often cheaper than the cost of regular cable packages, so don’t count satellite services out just because you aren’t currently familiar with them. Just make sure you compare different package contents to make sure you’re getting the most TV channels and highest Internet speed for the best price.
Don’t Hire Movers
Sure, it’s a lot easier to hire movers, but it’s also more expensive. You save a lot of money by moving your belongings yourself. However, you should consider renting a moving truck to use during your move. Many people assume that moving expenses are lower when they use their own vehicles to move, but it isn’t overly expensive to rent a moving truck and you can fit a lot more into it. This means you don’t have to make as many trips, which saves you a good amount of money on gas alone — it’s also less stressful than trying to move everything you own in the trunk of your car. So before you start moving stuff to your new place, do some simple math to determine if using your own vehicles or renting a moving truck is the better option for you.
Don’t Eat Out
Sometimes moving takes a few days, making it really difficult for you to prepare meals for your family. It’s common for people to order takeout food when they are moving, but eating out, especially for several days in a row, puts a big dent in your budget. Instead, plan your meals ahead of time to include things that you don’t have to cook. Hit up the grocery for fresh fruits and veggies, sandwich fixings, and a few grab-and-go snack items. While eating sandwiches for a few days may get boring, it saves a lot of money. Also, when you’re planning your meals and grocery shopping, be sure to take some food to your new home and keep a small portion of food at your old house. This way, your family has something to eat regardless of which location you’re at currently.
Limit the Amount of Packing Materials You Purchase
Boxes, box tape, and packing materials are expensive, and often, not even necessary. When preparing a budget-friendly move, you should get a little creative with your packing skills. Visit local liquor stores, gas stations, and grocery stores to ask for boxes. When stores get deliveries, the unpack the items in the boxes and toss the empty boxes in the trash or recycle. Most places will be glad to save them for you if you ask.
Also, instead of purchasing packing materials, wrap breakable items in clean clothes, towels, curtains, or any other fabric items you have around your house. Sure, that may mean that your clothes are packed with your dishes, but it’s free. Alternatively, ask friends and family members to save their newspapers for you to use when packing.
If you don’t pack the boxes so that they are overly heavy, you can fold the tops and bottoms in instead of taping them closed. If you’re worried about the boxes falling apart, consider taping the bottom of the boxes to make them more stable and folding the tops in so you don’t waste tape.
Moving doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune. With a little creativity and a lot of planning, moving on a limited budget is pretty easy.