Moving is a daunting task for anybody, but especially for those who have little money to spare. The task of getting all your stuff from your current home to a new house, and to a new city, without spending money you do not have is difficult. However, it is not impossible, especially if you follow some money saving tips. Here are five strategies and tricks to ease the stress of moving and save you a substantial amount of money when you are on a tight budget.
Don’t Spend Money on Boxes
It is tough to move without boxes, which is why moving companies tend to charge unreasonable prices for them. However, purchasing boxes is a waste of money as there are plenty of ways you can get your hands on them for free. For instance, look around your workplace or office to find empty boxes, such as printer-paper boxes, as these are large and strong enough to contain many items. Additionally, ask your friends or family members if they have any lying around. If this does not work then, you can always look in the free section of Craigslist or Freecycle to find free boxes.
Be Smart About Utility Cut-Off Dates
Many utility companies will prorate you on the day of your departure date, which means that if your billing cycle does not match your moving day, you may want to consider cutting off your service before the next monthly cycle so that you are not paying for a whole extra month of utility bills. It is true, you can indeed survive without cable for a couple of weeks. However, you likely don’t want to use this tip with electricity. If you are moving to another city, then do research on whether it offers a free service to get you the best deals on signing up for utilities. For example, Dallas has Utility Concierge.
Make Sure You Have a Secure Job Before Moving
Whether or not you have money, it is usually not a good idea to move to a new city without already securing a job before hand. If, for some reason, you did not have time to take care of this crucial matter before relocating, you must buckle down and secure one right after you relocate. Unless you are lucky, job hunting is usually a very slow process and can even take months before you come into contact with an interviewee. It is highly recommended that you ensure your expertise is a valued commodity in your new city to minimize the stress of having no money and to shorten the amount of time that you are surviving on very little funds.
Get Rid of A Lot Of Your Stuff
Donating or selling some of your stuff can not only earn you some money and get you a tax deduction but will also eliminate extra weight, which will lower your moving costs substantially. If you are bringing your furniture with you, then it is also important to look at your new house’s measurements. The last thing you want to do is go through the effort and cost of moving bulky furniture only to find out that there isn’t actually room for it.
Consider Asking for Help
If you really have no financial resources to move but need to do so, then you may want to think about asking your close family or friends for help. The good news about being in a dire financial situation is that just because you do not have the money right now during a transitional phase, does not mean you will not have it later. Asking for help can make your move manageable, as long as you ensure that you pay back whoever lent you money.