A few weeks ago I shared how I’m moving to save money this summer so I can be closer to my job and my family. While I’m excited to move, I’ll miss a lot of things about my current town including my friends.
And as you all know, I try to add a frugal twist to everything I do so I will definitely be trying to save money in any way I can on this move. Here are a few things I’m doing and taking advantage of to make that happen.
Free Packing Boxes
When packing, you should never have to pay for boxes There are plenty of places that will give them to you for free. Supermarkets, retail establishments, and drug stores are the best places to find boxes for your move. I usually go to stores like Walmart in the evening and ask them for any spare boxes so I can use them to pack my things. Works every time.
Decluttering, Organizing, and Selling
I usually start the decluttering process at least 3 months before the move. It takes time to go through everything properly without getting overwhelmed. I’m currently tackling each room one-by-one and going through cabinets, drawers and closets to get rid of things I know we don’t need.
I’m not a hoarder by any means, but I do have this habit of holding on to things I think we’re going to use in the future. Sometimes it’s silly stuff that we never end up using and other times it’s items like tape, glue, cleaning supplies etc. that really come in handy. After I’m finish weeding out the things we don’t need so we don’t end up packing them up, I consider selling some items and I organize the items we will keep.
When you go through all your clutter and be honest with yourself about what you don’t need, you’ll be surprised at what you can sell for profit. I’m in the process of selling some toys and games right now, but I haven’t went through my closet yet and I should be able to come up with some clothes and shoes that I can try to sell to Plato’s Closet. Electronics are also a goldmine if you have extras that are still in good condition. My son has a Leapster Explorer he doesn’t play with anymore and I know we have an extra laptop and an Xbox 360 I no longer use. There’s no point in dragging it to the next place with us if I make some money from getting rid of it.
Relying on Help From Family and Friends
I never even consider hiring help when I move. Professional movers are often expensive, sometimes charging up to $120 an hour, and should be only considered as a last result. There is almost always a more affordable route to go than hiring strangers to help you move at an overpriced rate. I often rely on help from my dad and my uncles and Ray has three brothers.
As a last resort, we would ask our friends to help us move some items. I always mark the boxes that contain fragile items and explain to my ‘movers’ which items need to be handled with care.
Even though I save money by receiving help from friends and family, I don’t just expect them to help me out and expect nothing in return. I always buy lunch for everyone after we move and Ray and I are always willing to help friends move and work on their own projects as well.
Deep Cleaning Our Current Residence
Deep cleaning the house before we move is not my favorite task, but it sure does pay off. During our moving process, I’m usually in charge of our efforts to clean the house inside out. I focus on washing the walls, cleaning the stove, disinfecting the bathroom and just basically ensuring house is back to the condition it was in the day we moved in.
Since we rent, I’m always aiming to get my security deposit back and I accomplish this by taking excellent care of the unit. The security deposit from our previous residence comes in handy when we’re handling expenses related to our current move and just settling in. The last time we moved, my landlord only deducted $10 from the security deposit for some petty reason but I left the apartment so clean they had no complaints.
If you are moving but own a home, you’d still want to deep clean obviously for showings and such. Deep cleaning is mainly time-consuming but if you can spare a few hours, I’d recommend it over hiring someone to clean your house for you. Yes, hiring help may be more convenient but when you’re moving there are more important areas to put your money plus unexpected expenses that can be a hassle. I go to stores like Dollar General to get cleaning products for cheap and you can even make your own cleaning solution as long as it gets the job done.
Do you go the DIY route when moving to cut expenses and save money? Why or why not?
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