Moving is expensive. Often you think it will just be the cost of the rental truck and some packing tape and boxes, but every apartment is different, and you suddenly need things you may not have needed before, like floor lamps, or extension cords, or curtains, and you have to pay for setting up new services. It all adds up. We recently moved from Indiana to Texas and knew it would be expensive so we prepped and saved, but we still spent quite a bit. However, there are some simple, easy ways you can save money on moving costs.
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1. Get Free Moving Boxes
I wrote an entire post on where to get free moving boxes, because boxes should not be part of your moving expenses, when good boxes can be had for free very easily.
I don’t know much about hiring people to physically box and move your stuff. I’m a DIY mover (and certainly the foremost way to save money on moving costs is to do it yourself). So, we price compared the various DIY moving truck and pod options available. Rental moving trucks were cheaper then storage cubes for us. We also found that, if you are flexible on your moving dates, you can save money on moving trucks during the middle of the week and the middle of the month. Move then if you can.
The best rental truck deal we found (in the size we needed) was for a Budget Rental Truck. When we reserved our Budget rental truck online, we used ShopAtHome.com to do it and received 3% cash back on the cost! Plus, we used a coupon code for something like 15-20% off as well (you can find a code in a USPS change of address packet as well as online).
We saved a bunch on the initial reservation, and then shortly after moving here received a check for $42.31 from ShopAtHome.com, as a cash back reward for using their link to reserve our truck. Who doesn’t love free money? (If you’re confused about Cash Back – and I will be mentioning it again a few more times in this post – check out THIS post to learn about what they are and how to use them).
3. Save on Hotels
If you are going to have to stay in a hotel for a few nights either before the big move, during it, or after, try to find ways to save on the hotel! They aren’t cheap! We didn’t know for sure where we’d end up stopping on our way down to Texas, so we didn’t get very great rates, and it was a hit to the pocketbook for sure. If you do know where you’ll be at and when, I recommend reserving them ahead of time at hotels.com!
You can use online coupon codes and score 7% cash back from TopCashback. You can also see if any hotels in the area are running a Groupon deal! Oh, and you can also get up to 10% Cash Back on Groupon deals too through Ebates – Stack up those savings!
4. Save on New Furnishings
New apartments (and especially new homes!) need a lot of new furnishings, coats of paint, doodads, baby-proofing goods, and more. The moving costs really start to accumulate once you get into your new place.
My suggestion is to first make a list and wait until you have a pretty long list before you go running out to get this or that. You’ll save some gas money (and be sure to check out my post on how to save money at the pump), and you can then stack on some savings!
Did you know in those USPS change of address packets there is a 10% of your entire purchase at Lowe’s coupon, as well as one for Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and Best Buy (or at least there was when we moved July 2014)? By waiting, you can save some big bucks! Some of these codes may be able to be redeemed online, where, you guessed it, you can again save even more by getting cash back. You can get 5% cash back at Lowe’s and 5% cash back at Bed, Bath, and Beyond through Upromise, and 2-3% cash back at Best Buy from ShopAtHome.com.
Many other stores offer cash back too, in case you prefer to shop somewhere else. If you can order something online, instead of in-store, you have the potential to earn cash back, as well as use any coupon codes available at the time of checkout. I mean, Amazon, has everything right? You can score cash back for certain Amazon goods with ebates.com.
5. Save on Services in Your New Town
If you are moving to a new town, it is often hard to know who to trust when it comes to certain services, like home repairs, car maintenance, and even doctors! I have really enjoyed being an Angie’s List member for this reason. Not only is it cheap to be a member (and you can get 50% cash back from Ebates, and if you use code SAVE20 or EBATES30 you can save 20-30% on annual memberships), but you can get discounts on your services for being a member, thus it pays for itself.
Plus, the people at Angie’s List offer great customer service. After we moved to Texas they called us and we got a 5 year membership for less than $20. Now I can easily check out review on doctors, dentists, and mechanics wherever we may move to in the next five years.
Also, I have found that in order to get the cheapest price on new services, like internet and cable, that you should definitely shop around, and then call three times if you have to, until you get the person who will actually get you the lowest deal available. We did it with our Comcast service a few years ago.
And if you need help staying organized, I highly suggest The Dating Diva’s Moving Organization Kit! It will help you move without completely losing your mind.
Be sure to check my other posts on moving too!:
And those are my tips on saving money on moving costs! I wish I had more, because it’s still expensive. Best of luck on your move and your new home.