Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How to save a few bucks when moving across country



Moving will bring you both excitement and anxiety. All of the stress that comes with moving is magnified when you’re moving across the country.
And while it’s true that a move across the country can be stressful and expensive, there are things you can do to mitigate the negatives and help turn it into a more positive experience.
In this article, we’re going to look at a few ways to make a move across the country more comfortable and less stressful.
Bring Your Meals
A move across the country means days in the car, and if you’re eating every meal in a restaurant, that adds up quickly. To reduce your food expense, bring a cooler full of your favorite drinks and plenty of snacks such as chips. Don’t worry about the calories now; the feel-good snacks will help keep your spirits up. For regular meals, bring sandwiches for lunch and dinner, and protein bars for breakfast.
If you must stay at a hotel, find one that offers a complimentary breakfast.
Declutter Before Packing
There’s no sense in paying for extra boxes, packing material or renting a bigger truck just to take stuff you’d be better off getting rid of. Before you move — weeks before — start going through your home room by room and get rid of the stuff you don’t want or need anymore. Also, assess your furniture. Is that sofa on its last legs? If you’re ready for a new one, ditch it and get a new one when you arrive in your new home.
Get rid of items by donating them to charity, selling on Facebook or Craigslist or giving them to relatives.
Don’t Skimp on the Movers
While it’s tempting to save money by hiring the cheapest moving company, remember the saying, ‘You get what you pay for.’
A cheap moving service might save you money in the short term, but cost you in stress if they cut corners and damage goods or take too long to get the job done.
Do your research on the best long distance movers in your area, and if you can, avoid moving during the months where movers are in higher demand — typically summer. Also, if you can avoid it, don’t plan your move on the weekend or a holiday as these will be more expensive.
Find Packing Supplies
You can save money on boxes and other packing material if you start asking around before you move. Go to supermarkets and other stores and get the boxes they’re going to throw away. Use towels, blankets, and old tee shirts as packing material. Also, if you know people who are avid online shoppers, ask them to save the packing material they get.
Hitch the Car

If you have more than one vehicle you need to move, don’t drive the second one. Instead, get a hitch and tow it behind the moving truck or the car you’re driving. It saves wear and tear on the other vehicle and saves you on gas.

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