Moving can be an exciting time, but it can also be an expensive endeavor as well. As with most things these days, there are always hidden and surprising costs. One of these costs that can quickly add up are moving boxes. However, with a little planning ahead, you can avoid having to purchase moving boxes in advance of your move while also doing your part to help the environment as well.
Sources for free boxes
- Local grocery store: Perhaps the most common source for moving boxes is your local grocery store. With many of these stores receiving shipments daily. it is quite likely that they will have boxes for you to use in your move. A best practice is to ask the store manager when they typically stock their shelves & whether you could take some of their boxes? Once you determine this best time, you can plan accordingly to ensure that you are able to obtain your needed boxes.
- Big box store: Big box stores such as Walmart, Target, Office Depot, & Costco can also be great sources for moving boxes. Once again, a visit to the store manager will be the ideal strategy to obtain boxes from these stores.
- Liquor store: Often overlooked, liquor stores can also be great sources for moving boxes. In addition, many boxes found at liquor stores are sturdier due to the fact that they were used to ship heavy, fragile items.
- Your employer: Perhaps you work at a company that oftentimes receives shipments throughout the week. A quick stop at the mail room or manager’s office could result in several moving boxes as well.
If you are moving to a new residence, chances are that you are spending more money than you originally planned on. Therefore, items such as moving boxes are an easy way to reduce your budget. With a little planning, you should have more than enough boxes for your move. Who knows, you may be able to share these boxes with a friend or neighbor that may need them as well? If not, recycling these boxes may ensure that they continue to provide a purpose in the future.
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