6 Cheapest Packing Methods To Save You Money


You Don’t Need To Spend A Lot On Packing Supplies

Saving money on a move is essential both to your mental health and to the health of your bank account. But buying moving supplies is very expensive, so it is important to do whatever you can to save. Before you go to the nearest hardware or office supply store for a moving kit, take a look at these cheap packing supply hacks that will save you money and time. SEE ALSO: 9 Organization Tips To Make Your Move Easier

1. Don’t Pay For Boxes

Why spend money on this essential packing supply when there are tons of clean boxes behind your supermarket, liquor store, or local Costco? It might be tempting to spend money on clean, new boxes from a store, but in reality, the boxes you’d get from elsewhere aren’t that much dirtier. They might also be sturdier, especially if you get them from a liquor store. Another great place to get boxes is your work. The boxes used to hold reams of paper are incredibly sturdy, very clean, and come with lids (most of the time). Your employer will probably be thankful, too. It saves him or her a trip down to the recycle bin at the end of the day.

2. Use Clothes To Cushion

The traditional way to pack anything made of glass or overly fragile is bubble wrap and newspaper. There’s no point in spending money on either of these, especially because you’ll just have to throw them away at the end of the move. By using clothes to cushion your boxes, you are conserving space and protecting everything breakable inside. One popular strategy is to put socks in wine glasses to prevent breakage. However, your clothing can also protect vases, figurines, picture frames, and much more.

3. Use Linens to Keep Things Clean

Towels and sheets are washable. Cleaning a queen sized bed is a whole different ball game. So, it’s understandable that you might be tempted to buy mattress bags for your move. You can skip this step, though, by simply putting a fitted sheet on either side of your mattress. If you’d like added coverage, you might add the mattress bag on after that, but there is no need to do so. The same can be said of armchairs and couches. Covering either with a sheet will keep things relatively clean during the move. Just make sure that they are secure before the movers come.

4. Fill Suitcases

You know the best thing about suitcases? They roll. Think of these babies as rolling boxes and put your heaviest stuff in them. Suitcases are also built to hold a lot of weight, so you shouldn’t have a problem with them breaking en route.

5. Play Packing Tetris

What if you’ve exhausted all your packing resources and still have stuff left to pack? If you don’t want to make a fourth trip to the liquor store, it’s time to reopen some of those “filled” boxes and play Packing Tetris. Need a place to store those pens? Wrap them in a rubber band and find a nook for them in one of your desk boxes. Not enough room for your child’s teddy bear? Use it in some of the more fragile boxes to cushion any blows the boxes might take.

6. Use Drawers

What’s the point in taking the knick-knacks out of your nightstand, boxing them separately, and then unpacking them a day later? Save yourself the time and trouble and simply tape the drawers of your nightstand shut. For a larger item, like a dresser, you can take out the drawers, saran wrap the top, and voila! You have a perfectly good box for your clothes. SEE ALSO: Everything You Need To Know About Mini Movers

Things You Should Buy

No matter how you budget your move, there are some essential items you should have to ensure that everything goes smoothly:
  • Packaging tape because all your items need to be secured somehow.
  • Garbage bags to put your clothes in (on the hanger, mind you) and throw away any trash you might find.
  • Scissors or a box cutter to open everything you packaged once you get there.
  • Saran wrap to secure your drawers and other loose belongings.
  • A sharpie to write where each box goes. You can also color code rooms with stickers.
Packing for a move doesn’t have to be very expensive. With these tips and tricks, your packing supplies will cost you virtually nothing.
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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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