Moving already costs so much, and you would like to cut corners where you can. There are some things you can get for free if you know where to look. Packing boxes are one of these things. From this moving company Phoenix AZ, here are seven places you can find free boxes for your move.
1. Your Online Purchases
Many people order groceries and such from online these days. Keep the larger boxes for your move. They are already proven to be sturdy from shipping. For a bonus, there are packaging materials in them too.
2. Mom & Pop Stores
Head out to the local Mom & Pop stores for your boxes. These places typically pile them up for a period, before they are burnt off. If you can catch them at the right time, you will hit the mother load. Talk with the owners, and they will tell you the best day to get boxes, usually the day after stocking the shelves.
Check online at Craigslist’s free section. Other people have just moved, and they need to get rid of their boxes. You can also post that you are looking for boxes. When people move, they want the boxes gone quickly, because they are in the way. You can score packaging for free this way too. They will be all to happy to help you load up their boxes. Ask them if they have other moving things that they are getting rid while you are these.
- garment boxes
- extra tape
- moving blankets
- bubble wrap
4. Facebook Garage Sale Sites
Typically Facebook garage sale sites are for an indoor yard sale. There is an option for you to put an ISO (in search of) post, and ask for boxes. The people who do have them want them gone ASAP. Be prepared to act quickly.
5. Grocery Stores
Grocery stores have to unpack boxes daily. They have a system, so getting their boxes is a little more precise. Call ahead and speak to the customer service. Tell them you need ‘X’ amount of boxes. If you can get them before they are broken down, then you won’t need to purchase as much tape too. They will typically give you a specific time to come to the store for pickup.
6. Liquor Stores
The liquor stores have small segregated boxes. These are good for separating glasses, candleholders, and the like. They are built for holding weight, so they are super sturdy. These places are very happy to get rid of their boxes, as they don’t reuse them.
7. University of Arizona
For August and September, over 7,000 students move into the dorms. If you are moving near this time of year, you can take advantage of the opportunity. Call the University Move-In Services and ask what is available.
When you move to Arizona, know the laws that are set to protect you. With all of these options, you should be set with free boxes. Be aware that you will need to pick up at their convenience since they are the ones giving the boxes away. Have your vehicle emptied and ready before you call or stop by the store. Then, with boxes in hand, you’ll be ready to pack your kitchen and the rest of your house for your relocation.