When people move, it is often because their financial situation is requiring them to do it. For this reason, it is important to know how much they are going to have to spend during the actual move, particularly on moving supplies. Supplies like boxes, packing tape and packing materials are all items that are required to get your belongings from one point to another. They can also be a significant expense. Fortunately, by being a smart consumer, you can lower your costs associated with moving.
Boxes can be either purchased at office supply stores, storage facilities and moving companies. However, this is an expense that can be avoided entirely. Free boxes can often be obtained from grocery stores, liquor stores and from people who have recently moved. Simply start collecting boxes as soon as you know you are moving and you should be able to accumulate enough boxes in time to start packing up your belongings about eight weeks before moving day.
Packing tape is probably a supply you will have to buy. Because of its nature, used tape does not work very well. Packing tape is going to be fairly expensive if you purchase it from a grocery store, storage facility, office supply store or from movers. The best place to purchase packing tape from for the best price if the hardware store. You can also purchase it from discount stores, but be aware that the quality your get from a big box store might be low.
Packing material is used to eliminate spaces in your boxes, which can cause the contents to shift during transport and be damaged. Packing peanuts and bubble tape are two of the most popular kinds of packing materials used during moves. However, these materials can be rather costly, especially since you are only going to be using it once, unless you move often. Luckily, you don’t have to use packing peanuts or bubble wrap in your boxes. Since you are already packing certain items anyway, you can use them as packing materials instead. These include items such as towels, t-shirts and sheets. You can wrap your delicate items in these clothes or towels, which will help prevent breakage. You can also use these items to stuff into boxes at the last minute to fill empty spaces. If you get a daily newspaper, you will already have cheap packing materials at your disposal. Start saving your newspapers a couple of weeks before you begin packing. This way, you will be sure to have it when you need it.
You can spend a lot of money on packing supplies when you move if you aren’t careful. Fortunately, by using the strategies here, you will be able to cut down on your expenses and have enough money to successfully get you from point A to point B. You might even have enough to give your movers a decent tip.