Moving is hard and can be expensive: new window coverings, new paint, and even the cost of the move itself. It can be one of the key stresses of relocation. There are many ways to help defray costs and even bring in some unexpected cash. Lets talk about ways you can save money:
Food: One of the sneaky ways moving can get very expensive quickly is by eating out. When you have packed or haven’t unpacked or are just exhausted from all that moving entails, making sure that everyone eats can be so stressful and expensive. Multiple trips through the local SPUD Fish and Chips in Kirkland, coffee stands, and even a nicer dinner out (because you cant stand to eat fast food one more time!) at, my favorite Kirkland’s Volterra add up very quickly and over the course of a week you can spend several hundred dollars you wouldn’t have other wise. Not to mention constantly eating out makes it harder to eat healthy and nourish your body during this stressful time. Consider using some pantry items to make a few casseroles or lasagna, making food ahead of time saves time and energy. Another great idea is having pre-cut and washed fruits and veggies or dried fruits and nuts and string cheese available as a quick snack. Using up or donating food: Items like canned food can be very heavy and can be replaced inexpensively.Food banks and shelters are always looking for donations.
Consider donating excess clothing or household goods, The 6 month or 1 year rule is a favorite. If you haven’t used it in the past year, maybe its time to part with it. If its not beautiful or useful consider giving it the boot. If it won’t fit in the new house – toss it. The less you have to pack and move ( and unpack) the more time you have. Any furniture, bicycles or household items can turn into a tax deduction that can turn into big savings. Maybe you know someone just starting out that needs furniture, and your loss will help them.
Selling things on Craigslist, offer-up, or having a garage sale is a great way to bring in extra money and help pay for necessities of moving like movers, fuel, and living expenses. Or pick out something new for your new home. You would be surprised how a few things can add up so quickly.
Many movers including PMC offer junk removal services. This can be helpful when disposing of the extra waste that often accrues during moves. Your movers can often take care of it quickly and inexpensively. After all you didn’t really plan on going to the dump did you?
Finally save your receipts, depending on the situation, your moving expenses may be tax deductible. Check with your accountant for more details.