Tips To Help You Save On The Cost Of Moving Supplies
If you're moving and you have a tight budget, it's time to get a little creative about how you pack up your belongings before you load them on the moving truck. Here, you will find a few ideas that can help you reduce the cost of your packing supplies as well as make your packing process much faster and easier.
Bottled Beer Boxes
Take a trip to your local pub or restaurant. Inquire about the bottled beer boxes that they would typically just throw away. These boxes are very strong and have built-in dividers in them. You can use this type of box for all sorts of little stuff that you don't want crashing around in a box while you move.
Think about the drinking glasses, figurines, vases, candles, and other small things around your home that you would typically spend a lot of time wrapping individually in newspaper, stacking in a box, and crossing your fingers that they make it to the new house in one piece—these are the things you'll tuck in these boxes; fill any voids with plastic grocery bags or crumbled newspaper.
Pick up a big pack of Styrofoam plates. Stick a Styrofoam plate between each glass plate and wrap the whole bundle in some plastic wrap. This will create a tight package that is padded so the plates are protected.
You can also use the Styrofoam plates as padding between picture frames and other small, flat, breakable items.
As you pack the box, you need to be sure that the boxes are packed tightly so that the contents don't shift around during the move. You don't have to go out and buy packing peanuts or rolls of paper. Instead, head to your local grocery store. Many grocery stores have big recycling bins in the front for the plastic bags. If you inquire about needing some bags to use for a move, many grocers will gladly give you a load to take home with you to use.
You can also ask convenience stores for their outdated newspapers. These typically just get tossed in the recycling bin at the end of the day, so the stores will happily give you a box full of newspaper to use at no cost to you.
Talk with your local movers to learn more about the supplies that are available for you to use. Once you know what you have to work with, you can plan for what you need to get.