One of the biggest stressors while moving to a new home is money. Moving can be expensive, especially if you’re moving long distance. It’s all about saving money for moving and, luckily, there are many ways to move cheap. We’ve put together some of the best DIY tips for saving money while moving.
How You Can Start Saving Money for a Move
Anything can be a moving box
Don’t go out and buy some boxes before looking around your house first to see what you have that could work. Anything that can be folded, shrunk, stacked, or taken apart should work for you. That way, you can put them nice and compactly inside another container you already owned. Don’t buy boxes until you absolutely need to.
When it comes time to pick up some boxes, you should ask around first. Instead of paying for them, go to your friends, family, co-workers or local businesses to ask if they could supply you with some boxes.
Sell or (heaven forbid) throw away some stuff
This will keep you saving money for moving and will also save some space. Those two actually come hand in hand quite a bit. The more you get rid of, the fewer supplies like boxes or crates, you’ll need.
Best of all, selling some stuff means you’ll have more money to move with!
Deduct your move
This one can be tricky (as is the nature of tax related concepts). It’s important to know what you’re doing. If you qualify for a deduction, keep track of your expenses! This means you can file for a tax deduction come tax season.
Again, this one can be confusing for most people, so read up on it to make sure you qualify.
Create a budget
Saving money for moving will be easier if you plan it out. It’s important to see how much money you’re spending throughout the whole process. The best way to do that is to make a budget. Making a budget might sound like more trouble than it’s worth, but it’s worth it.
Creating a budget also limits you—in a good way! Let’s say your budget is $3,000. From there, you can figure out how much money you need to invest in every little thing before you go spending. After doing this, you may be surprised to find that you didn’t even reach your budget, all because you were paying extra close attention to the money you were spending.