Everyone knows that moving is expensive. As you all know, I just moved to a new place downtown and while I absolutely love my new building, getting here was not cheap. I compiled a few tips on how to save money and move on a budget, for those of you in a similar situation as myself or will be soon:
- Buy essentials months in advance: My mother told me to make a list of all the new things I will need when I move at least 4 months before I move and buy them now while my rent is cheaper and I have the money (kinda like buying holiday gifts in advance). By making a list of items I will need later and buying them slowly, it won’t be so painful to buy when you’re already strapped for cash with the deposit and first month’s rent due at the same time. I knew that I’d need a new tea kettle, coffee maker, a bookcase, and bureau for clothes. I bought them all a few items at a time during the months leading up to the move.
- Try to move during the off season: I was lucky and didn’t have to move until October when rent is slightly cheaper (although DC rent is never cheap). October and November tends to see little new tenants so if you can, try to move when moving season isn’t at its peak so you can save some money on a monthly basis. Also on that note, if you’re hiring movers, try to move during the weekday as well to get a lower rate.
- Save a bit more: About six months before I knew I had to move, I started to put in about 5% more of my monthly income towards my moving funds. I usually put aside about 20% of my income towards savings as it is so saving a bit more wasn’t too terrible but it made a huge difference when I was moving!
- Free boxes = LIFE: Cardboard boxes can really add up! Luckily there are lots of places you can get them for free! At my old job, they were renovating our building so we had to pack up our things to move to another floor. Once renovation was complete, I asked the workers in our mailroom if I could keep the extra boxes and they said yes! Boom - free boxes! A friend of mine also suggested trying cafes like Starbucks and see if they have extra boxes you could have. Free supplies are available, you just have to really look.
Do you guys have any other tips for moving budgets? Let me know in the comments down below!