Trying to move without spending money on packing supplies is hard. We've been in our new place for almost a week now and finally totaled it all up. We spent a mere SIX dollars on packing supplies. Six! here's how we did it:
1. Start a month or two in advance. Cardboard boxes are easy to find, but it takes time to gather them all up.
2. Get friendly with your local liquor store. They have lots of liquor boxes that they're happy to give away for free.
3. Stop by the copier and printer at the office. Any big office goes through paper like water. That means there are plenty of boxes left too.
4. Learn where the cardboard recycling areas area in your building or town. Online shopping is more popular than ever, which means people are discarding large boxes pretty frequently. This is a great place to find TV boxes, which are sturdy and have hand-holds.
5. Use your clothes instead of bubble-wrap. It's much more eco-friendly to sandwich your pot lids, dishes and wedding photos between bath towels than to spend $20 on a huge roll of bubble wrap that you'll only use once. Stuff mugs into multiple layers of socks. Use t-shirts that are destined for the "rags" pile for the glassware. You wouldn't want to find glass shards in your shorts!
6. Use your suitcases and backpacks. They're sturdy and are easy to transport. Fill them up!
7. Don't buy more packing tape than you need, but do buy the biggest roll you can find. We only went through two rolls (huge ones of super thick tape, $3 each). This way you aren't left with a huge multi-pack that you have to store.
And as you'll see in the next post, we had a LOT to pack...