Frugal Moving

Posted By: Dr. Frugal in Frugality on 08/17/2007 at 08:21:26

There are few expenses quite as wrenching as having to move everything you own. The further the distance, the more difficult it is to do it frugally. I'm going to outline some basic steps to keep costs down although in past experience I don't really think it can truly be done frugally as you're bound to incur some significant expense.

The truck rental is the most expensive part of the move, so let's start there. The smaller the truck the cheaper it is AND the less gas you have to put in it. Get the smallest truck you possibly can (if not a trailer). How is your stuff all going to fit in that· It's not. Starting throwing stuff away that you haven't used in more than a year. Look, if you haven't used it in the past year you're not going to use it. It's just going to take up valuable space and cost you more money. Don't forget that the weight of the load is going to help determine your gas mileage as well.

Next, tow your car. You can fill the car up (including the driver's seat) with as much as it can hold, saving space for bigger things in the truck. Driving your car is just a waste of gas and it's well worth the hassle of cramming a second person into the cab of the truck to tow your car.

Do you even need a truck· There are several truck companies that will let you rent space in THEIR truck AND move it to your new destination for you. It's cheaper than a moving truck and while you don't necessarily get the satisfaction of moving it yourself, it's a great way to save a couple hundred bucks on moving. The downside is that you'll need a little flexibility with your schedule since the trucks are needed by the parent company as well.

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