Saturday, June 30, 2012

How to Save Money on Your Next Move

Looking to save money on moving to a new apartment?  Maybe you've done it before and know how much it costs?  Want to save that money for buying new decorations?  Then look no further, Apartment Therapy.com has you covered!

The first and best tip for saving money when moving is to get rid of anything you absolutely don't need.  Moving costs are almost always charged by the pound, so anything you can toss before you move will save you money.  As you're packing, go ahead and start a pile to give away and get busy on Craig's List, have a garage sale or donate to charity all that stuff that's just going to cost you money and keep you from a fresh start.

Most people use bubble wrap and newspaper to protect their breakables when they're moving.  But bubble wrap can get pricey.  A great alternative is to use your sheets, towels, bathrobes and comforters. As an extra bonus, you've gotten rid of a few heavy towel-filled boxes.

Becoming a AAA member is also a great idea.  This will provide insurance should you breakdown on the trip, but you also can get discounts at hotels, truck rental companies, etc.  If you're looking for a storage unit, you can use a free online service like Sparefoot to compare self-storage facilities and find the best priced and located one for your stuff.

If you move yourself rather than hiring movers, you're also going to save a ton of dough.  You can even find movers to just load and unload stuff if you need help with the heavy lifting.  Another great way to get help is to help friends when they move so that when the time comes for you to move, they'll return the favor!