How To Get Free Moving Boxes
The average person spends almost their entire lifetime not thinking about boxes. Then you find yourself getting ready to move and for a few brief days or weeks boxes become the thing you think about the most. Where are you going to get dozens of boxes to move all your stuff in?
There are so many unwanted cardboard boxes in the world that having to buy some seems ridiculous. The key here is to find somebody that has some cardboard boxes that wants to get rid of them as badly as you want to acquire them. Here is where to look for those people.
There is a pretty good chance that your employer throws away boxes daily. If you ask your mail or administrative department to save boxes for you they will gladly do so. If you are not currently looking for boxes you can prepare for future moves by not being a jerk to your mail or administrative departments.
Grocery stores and other retail stores
Grocery stores are swimming in cardboard boxes they don’t want. If you go to your local grocery store and ask any employee I am sure they would be happy to load you up with boxes.
It doesn’t seem like it right now, but as soon as you unpack all your stuff you will want to get rid of all those empty moving boxes just as badly as you want to find them now. If you check on Craigslist there is a good chance you will find somebody trying to give boxes away for free. If you don’t find anybody giving them away for free, just post an ad saying you will be glad to come over and pick up any extra boxes anybody has laying around. Here is my complete guide to buying and selling on Craigslist.
You could purchase boxes
If you are having trouble finding free boxes you could always go to Amazon and… LOL. No, seriously, that was just a joke. Don’t pay for things other people are trying to give away for free.
My local recycling plant gives away free cardboard boxes. My local plant doesn’t pay for cardboard, but they have an area where people can come in and throw their old cardboard away. Because they don’t pay people for the cardboard they don’t mind when other people come in and take it away. I’m not really an expert on the economics of the recycling industry so it is probably a good idea if you give your local recycling plant a call and ask how they feel about this before trying it.
What to do with those boxes after your move
At some point soon you will be done with those boxes and your next problem will be that your trash can isn’t big enough to fit all those old boxes you no longer need. When this happens, try to remember how badly you wanted boxes a few weeks ago and then try to help out the other people who moving and want boxes just as badly as you did a short time ago. Post an ad on Craigslist for free boxes.
After my recent move we noticed one of our neighbors had a sold sign in their yard. So I knocked on their door and asked if they could use some moving boxes. They happily accepted.