Smart Savings on Packing Supplies

When it comes to finding inexpensive ways to pack up your belongings, I have one main piece of advice: Don't leave your shopping for packing supplies until the last minute. If you give yourself enough time, you can get all of your packing supplies for free or at great discounts. Start out by calling up your local liquor and grocery stores and ask them if they can give you the boxes from their next shipment of products. Liquor boxes are particularly useful for packing up books. You can also check Craigslist to see if anyone is giving away used boxes or any other packing supplies. Your local dollar store is another great place to look for deals on tape, markers, box cutters, and packing paper. Some packing materials, though, you can also do without. Instead of buying messy popcorn or one-time use bubble wrap, try using your own pillows, linens, towels, clothing, and paper grocery bags to wrap fragile objects. At the end of the move, you can also save money for the future by cutting and flattening your boxes so that you can reuse them. (I did this each year during college and was able to make most of my boxes last through almost 10 moves.)