A common mistake that people make while they are in the process of preparing to move is purchasing moving boxes.

Many families, companies, and first-time movers assume that they need to drop a lot of money on moving supplies in order to have a successful move.

This is the wrong way to go about planning for a move!

Moving in itself can be overwhelming and costly, so make it easier for yourself by cutting the expensive of buying new moving boxes.

To make you’re job easier, we’ve gone ahead and done the research. Here are 5 type of business that are willing to give away free moving boxes.

1. Grocery Store

Grocery stores receive and unload many cardboard boxes every single day.

Simply speak with an employee or manager, and ask if you can snag some boxes there before they toss them into the bailer. If none are available, ask when their big shipment days are and when would be a good time to return.

2. Bookstores

Any large bookstores in your area?

In Portland, we have Powell’s Books and Barnes and Noble. You can call them and ask if you can raid their box supply. When new shipments of books are brought in, they will be delivered in decent-sized cardboard boxes, which are perfect for your personal belongings.

Young Couple Moving In To New Home Together

3. Craigslist

You will always be surprised by what you may find on Craigslist.

If you already haven’t, create an account on Craigslist and keep a daily lookout on any posts about empty boxes. If they are not free, you can still haggle the price for something way cheaper than retail cost.

4. Liquor Stores

Typically, when liquor is delivered to liquor stores, they will have handles and lids on the boxes to help keep the product safe and secured.

Call and see when they get their deliveries and when you can come and take some boxes off their hands. You know they are going to be sturdy boxes as they don’t want damaged liquor!

5. Restaurants

Going to a restaurant for moving boxes may seem like an obvious option but can be easily overlooked.

Considering how many different restaurants are nearby and how often they receive deliveries every week, you’re almost guaranteed to find excess boxes for reuse.

As soon as you know that you are going to move, start accumulating as many boxes as you can. You can ask your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers and they will all agree that you can never have too many moving boxes.

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