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Getting the Best Deal on Moving Supplies


by: Roger Diez
01 Dec 2010

If you are embarking on a self-moving adventure, you may soon find that you need a lot of moving supplies--boxes of different types and sizes, sealing tape, tape dispenser, bubble wrap, foam peanuts, and more. Since you are moving yourself, you're probably trying to save money. So you need a source for cheap boxes and all the other items you require at the best possible price.

Free Moving Supplies Are Best

There are a couple of sources for free boxes. First, if your workplace throws away boxes, you can salvage these (but make sure the boss is OK with it). Next, you can have your friends save their boxes for you to use. Also check out local stores who may discard boxes after receiving shipments. The same goes for foam packing peanuts and chips, bubble wrap, and some other items that would normally be discarded. However, don't be afraid to bite the bullet and shell out some cash for moving supplies if you can't find what you need for free.

Shopping For Cheap Moving Supplies

Many moving companies have reusable boxes, particularly of the specialty types: wardrobe boxes and dish pack boxes for example. Check around and see if you can find an outlet store where these are for sale. If you are going to be using a lot of tape or bubble wrap, try to buy it in bulk to save money.

Do some online research for sites that deal in used moving boxes and packing materials. Many of them include free shipping of your boxes and other moving supplies. And in many cases you can buy box kits that include everything you need for one bundled price that can save money over buying individual supplies.

Rent the Big Ticket Items

Things like an appliance dolly or moving blankets are better rented than purchased. The company you rent your truck from can supply these as part of your truck rental contract. You may be able to find them cheaper elsewhere, but if you are moving a long distance you'll need to rent from a nationwide chain. If you get them from the rental company, you can just turn them in with the truck.

The bottom line is that with a bit of ingenuity and a little time, you can save yourself a ton of money on boxes, tape, packing materials, and other moving supplies.


Sources:
Moving Kits • http://www.boxkits.comhttp://www.boxkits.com/Departments/Moving-Kits.aspx • BoxKits.com