There is little need to spend a great amount of money when it comes to buying moving boxes and supplies. Many movers purchase cheap moving supplies if they are on a strict budget, have little to move, or plan to move their belongings a short distance.
Look for cheap moving supplies sales and advertisements online, in local classifieds, shop advertisements, and in television and radio commercials. Online shops like Benezra Boxes sell used moving boxes for low prices. Some of these boxes were customer returns as part of an unused bundle. Used boxes are sold in one piece to large bundles. These boxes may or may not come with writing on them. Block out the writing with a black permanent marker or cover with brown paper.
You don’t have to visit a packaging and box store to find low-priced boxes and supplies. Find cheap moving supplies such as packing tape, tissue paper, small boxes, and envelopes at dollar stores across the country. Since everything is a dollar or fewer people preparing for a move can stock up on small supplies like labels and permanent markers. Bubble wrap and rolled brown paper are usually found in the paper and writing aisle, while the tissue paper lines the shelves near the gift wrapping supplies.
Department stores like Kmart and Wal-Mart carry cheap moving supplies. Find boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and markers in the paper and ink area of these stores. Unlike office supply stores, department stores tend to sell items like Sharpies for low prices.
Some department stores carry two-wheeled dollies to help carry heavy boxes to and from the home. Also, check online auction sites for sellers who offer cheap moving supplies and dollies with reasonable shipping and handling prices.
Moving supplies such as large boxes and appliance boxes may end up difficult to find. Ask your local electronics and appliance stores if you can take or buy the boxes they toss out. Ask department stores too. They may suggest a certain time for people to come to get the boxes before the boxes are bundled.
Be wary of online shops that offer cheap moving supplies and then overcharge for shipping and handling. Online stores list their shipping and handling information on ordering or FAQ pages. If this information seems hard to find, use the contact form and ask.
While not necessarily cheap, companies with countrywide, and even worldwide, stores that offer free home delivery present another option for those on low budgets. Also, check closeout and overstock stores for cheap moving supplies they offer for sale.