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  • The average American will move 11.3 times over the course of their life.

  • There are many different reasons: finding a better home, getting a cheaper home, getting a new job, getting married, going to college, getting evicted...

  • Whether it's a happy reason or a bummer, I don't know anyone who actually enjoys the process of moving.

  • The planning, the packing, the cleaning, the expense.

  • But we've got your back!

  • No, we can't actually help you load the truck. Sorry.

  • But we do have nine hacks to help you save money on your move.

  • You may have to break your back, but you can avoid breaking the bank.

  • Look around your house.

  • How many individual things do you think are in it?

  • If it's the average American household, that number is 300,000.

  • The idea of transporting 300,000 items from one location to another is... daunting.

  • And the more you have to move, the more expensive it will be.

  • So, let's get that number down, shall we?

  • When you're a month or two out, make a list of all the rooms in your house and focus on one per week.

  • Your job is to pick up every item in that room and ask yourself if you really still like it.

  • This is not the time to be precious.

  • Aunt Helga will never find out if you got rid of her lamp.

  • You can sell the unwanted items online or just donate them to a local charity.

  • As long as it's not broken or filthy, Goodwill will take just about anything!

  • For a lot of different reasons, summer is the most popular time to move.

  • More than 30 million Americans move during the summer, and another 30 million are traveling for vacation, which means the highways are packed, and so are movers' schedules.

  • If you can wait until the fall or early winter, it can save you money.

  • Movers are less busy, so they will sometimes lower their rates by up to 30%.

  • And less traffic on the roads means more efficient travel times.

  • And if you're loading the truck yourself, wouldn't you rather do it when it's not 100 degrees?

  • If you're a renter, there are a variety of reasons that a landlord can refuse to give you your security deposit back, so reread your lease terms to make sure you're in compliance.

  • Getting a check for a couple thousand dollars can be a huge help in offsetting your moving costs.

  • You can hire movers to do everythingpack, load, drive, unload, unpackbut it gets expensive!

  • An inter-city move of a two-bedroom apartment would cost us about two grand here in Austin, Texas.

  • Maybe that's why only 21% of people use professionals from start to finish.

  • Instead, if you pack your own things, rent your own van, and drive it yourself, suddenly, you're only paying 500 bucks for the load-in and load-out, which, let's be honest, is no one's favorite part of the job.

  • One out of ten moves are for work, and if that includes you, you should definitely inquire about a relo package as part of your contract.

  • 39% of all moving shipments are actually paid for by corporations.

  • And, unlike salary, it's a one-time expense that often comes from a different part of the company's budget, so they might be more open to it than you think.

  • Remember, if you don't ask, the answer is always "no".

  • Why spend money on packing material when you already have closets of soft stuff at hand?

  • Wrap your dishes and other breakables in clothes, towels, and linens to protect them and cut down on waste.

  • Sure, it's a little heavier than styrofoam or bubble wrap, but you're bringing this stuff along anway!

  • As my uncle Olav used to say, "Only a sucker pays for cardboard boxes."

  • Okay, I don't have an Uncle Olav, but, seriously, there are so many places to get them for free:

  • Craigslist, Facebook, Nextdoor, Freecycle, or drop by your local grocery or liquor storesthey may be happy to let you take them off their hands.

  • And, yes, I have personally pulled boxes out of recycling dumpsters behind a hardware store.

  • It's actually pretty common for people to leave the fridge and pantry till the last minute, and then decide they'd rather throw everything away than worry about perishables going bad.

  • This is such a waste of food, especially considering it can cost hundreds to restock a pantry from scratch.

  • So, in the weeks before your move, commit to consuming as much as you can from what you already have.

  • The things you can't eat will probably fit into one or two plastic tubs that you can transport yourself.

  • Honestly, a bottle of olive oil can cost 20 bucks!

  • That baby is coming with me.

  • This is probably the most important money-saving tip we can give you.

  • Wanna sell your furniture instead of giving it away?

  • That takes time.

  • Wanna find free boxes instead of buying them?

  • That takes time.

  • Wanna properly clean your apartment so you can get your security deposit back?

  • That takes time.

  • Moving always takes longer than you think, and the more rushed you are, the more it'll cost you.

  • So, kick off your moving plan at least two months in advance of your last day in your old home.

  • It will also make the experience safer and more pleasant.

  • Oh, and chiropractors are expensive, so lift with your legs, not with your back.

  • - And that's our two cents. - And that's our two cents.

The average American will move 11.3 times over the course of their life.

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