While you read this, I’m moving! As you may recall from previous posts, I hate moving. Today’s move is especially frustrating because we’re going a whole 4 blocks from where we are now, which means it’s a lot of effort packing and unpacking to go literally around the corner.
I’ll be back in September, but in the meantime send good moving vibes my way and enjoy some of my favorite moving info:
- Frugal Mama covers all the bases with her Ultimate Moving Checklist for Families. Trust me, there’s plenty of good stuff in there for a family of two to use. I’m a big fan of her idea to choose an online bank to alleviate the need to find a new bank after you move, of course!
- Kelly from Life, Love and Frugality gets some moving advice from the best frugal bloggers around over at Blog Frog.
- If you’re in Boston or San Francisco, try using TaskRabbit to help you find movers. You set the price and the stipulations (do you need a van or just a pair of hands?) and choose the bid you want to accept. Also a stress-free and affordable way to pick up last minute items from IKEA, or ask someone to make a grocery run to fill your new kitchen with food.
Ways we’ve kept our move cheap?
- We’re doing it ourselves. This was not a choice, exactly. I begged to hire movers, but September 1 in Boston is a huge moving day (lots of students in the area) and there was no room for negotiation on price. I couldn’t stomach paying $700 to go 4 blocks. U-Haul and our own (and our friend Paul’s!) brute strength it is.
- We didn’t buy boxes. Luckily Jason gave me all the boxes that his wedding gifts came in, and every time something was shipped to PerkStreet, the boxes came to me. We’re also borrowing boxes from a friend’s recent move. Finally, we got an absolute steal on large plastic bins at Target – thanks back to school sales! – which come in handy for all kinds of things and store easily once we’re all moved in.
Ways we are being wasteful:
- Food. I didn’t plan a grocery trip for things that would be fast and easy and not require dishes or pans, so we’re eating a lot of takeout. Not good on the wallet or the waistline.
For the most part it’s a frugal move. Not so sure about fabulous, though I know I’ll be thrilled once we’re moved into our new place and I get to do laundry without having to go outside and down the block with pockets full of quarters.
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