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Relocating is quite expensive so it’s understandable that you’re looking for a way to cut down on expenses while you’re looking at your moving budget. Read on to find out various ways of how to get free moving boxes and save on moving supplies.

Moving is a very tiring period in anyone’s life and most people have had to move at one point. While moving you’ll always want to stay on top of things and organize every step of the relocation process properly. Considering how expensive everything can be, from getting the right movers or maybe renting a moving truck instead, to all the unexpected costs that can pop up during a move, you should look at all the possible ways of cutting down on moving expenses.

And what better way of doing it than acquiring free moving boxes, that’s one less thing on the checklist of moving supplies that you will save money on. Read on to find some of the best ways and options when it comes to getting free moving boxes.

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How to get free moving boxes

  1. Look on Craigslist

    Craigslist is probably the first place that you should check if you’re looking online. Under the ‘for sale’ heading, search in the free section and you’ll get plenty of ‘free boxes’ results. You’ll get the best results around the weekend as that’s when most people do their packing and unpacking.

    Check Craigslist for free boxes

  2. Check with friends and family

    The easiest way that doesn’t involve the internet is just plain, old asking for moving boxes. Don’t be afraid to ask your family, friends or even neighbors for moving boxes that they don’t need anymore. Especially if some of them have moved recently and won’t be needing their moving boxes anymore. Don’t be afraid to involve the internet in the end, and post on your social media about it.

    Check with family and friends for boxes

  3. Ask liquor stores

    Depending on how big your city is, there’s a good chance that there’s a liquor store just around the corner. Liquor stores have tons of shipments, and the boxes they use are quite sturdy and can handle heavy bottles of liquid, so they’ll surely be suitable for your belongings. Don’t be afraid to pop in and ask the manager if they have any free moving boxes.

    Ask liquor stores for free boxes

  4. Check your local groceries

    Even more common than liquor stores, your local grocery store also gets lots of shipments in big boxes. Considering that they get shipments even more often than the liquor store, they probably have even more boxes lying around the warehouse. Just ask if they can give you some or leave some for you after the next shipment.

    grocery store

  5. Visit the recycling center

    Recycling centers are where unused boxes usually end up. Go to your local one and ask the people there to have a look at the cardboard boxes left there and take what you can use from there. You can bring them back after you’ve finished and maybe they’ll be useful to someone else in the future.

    Free boxes recycling center

Hopefully you’ll consider these tips the next time you move and they’ll help your moving budget a little bit. If you decide to hire professionals for the move, don’t forget that I Love Moving is among the best movers in the business.