A Way To Save Money When You Move

by Pam on January 14, 2011

A friend of mine will soon be moving to a different city.  As we all know, moving can be a real hassle with all the hustle and bustle of packing, organizing, etc.  In order to save time, my friend purchased boxes rather than driving around to different places and getting them for free.

It is understandable that sometimes it is worth paying for the convenience of saving time.  However, she paid more than $60 for her boxes, when she could have gotten them for free quite easily.

Whenever I have moved in the past, I have dropped by a few McDonald’s locations and asked for boxes. Their fry boxes are just the right size and they often have plenty on hand.  You can also get free cardboard boxes from department stores and even some grocery stores.

Although driving to a few different locations to pick up boxes is inconvenient, if it only takes a few minutes, I think it’s worth it to save the $60. I know some people will disagree with me.  After all, $60 really isn’t that much money, and time is of the essence when you are moving, but due to my extreme frugality, I would still take the trouble to save a few dollars.

Whenever I know I can get something for free, I will always go that route.  It’s just in my nature, I guess.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever paid for boxes when you moved?

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