Packing up all of your precious old school CDs? Need to pack your apartment on a budget? The worst place to try to get CHEAP moving boxes is from a moving company, like U-Haul. Moving companies graduate the prices much higher than market price. Here are the top 5 places to get cheap moving boxes.
1. Be a good neighbor
The first place I suggest to look for cheap moving boxes are from your neighbors, especially new neighbors. If you have new neighbors, they probably needed boxes to move into the complex, and have most likely unpacked everything and no longer need the boxes. Be a good neighbor and take the used boxes off their hands.
2. Trash diving
I usually don’t condone digging through other people’s trash; however, there are many stores that have a lot of boxes that end up in the trash. A great example of this would be a shoe store, or a computer store where they just need the boxes for shipping, but afterwards, need to get rid of them.
On craigslist, depending on which city you are in, I have seen FREE boxes under the ‘for sale’ column and the ‘free’ link, every once in a while. This can be helpful since these people obviously want to get rid of their boxes and all you need to do is give them a call.
If the first three methods of getting cheap boxes don’t work for you, try going to your local Wal-Mart. The boxes are very reasonably priced and they have many sizes to fulfill your needs. Wal-Mart is also a great place to get tape, markers and any other moving supplies.
5. Other Websites
There are of course other websites. One is Boomerang Boxes which sells quality used boxes. You purchase used boxes, use them to move, and when you’re done, if the boxes are still in good shape, you can resell them to Boomerang Boxes. They work to save the environment by recycling the boxes that they can.
Another website you could visit is Uline, which has all your moving needs including boxes, tape, and packaging materials. Searching on Froogle and ebay are also good places to look for cheap boxes if you can’t find them anywhere else.
Good luck finding moving boxes.