If you are planning to move, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all of the costs that you are racking up. Movers, deposits, down payments, new furniture, home repairs – the costs of moving can really add up!
One expense that can seem small but really adds up is the cost of moving boxes. If you need a lot of boxes, even a few bucks each gets expensive. There are so many places that just throw boxes away – there’s no need to pay for them!
Here are some of our favorite resources for where to get free large empty cardboard boxes.
Where To Get FREE Moving Boxes
- Liquor Stores – your corner liquor store probably goes thru a lot of boxes. They usually don’t have tops and might have dividers in them, but we really liked these kind of boxes for our short distance move and moving things like glassware and grocery items. Swing by and ask them when their delivery comes and when is the best time to get boxes for best results.
- Fast Food Restaurants – Sean worked at Chick Fil A for 6 years so he let me in on the secret that is fry boxes. They are large square cardboard boxes that the frozen french fries come in. All you have to do is call your local franchise (preferably on a Saturday morning) and ask them if they will save their fry boxes for you that day. Swing by in the evening and get a busy day’s worth of boxes for free. Note: I’ve only done this with Chick Fil A, not sure if other restaurants have the same system!
- Costco – our Costco has a big bid on empty boxes in the front of the store. Some are better than others, but we have gotten excellent moving boxes from these bins. If the bins look empty, just ask! They often have tons more in the back and if you tell them what you are looking for they can really help you find the best moving boxes.
- Walmart and other grocery stores – call up your local box store, because the odds are they go through a ton of cardboard! We have friends who have had success calling Walmart and asking if they can get some empty boxes out of the back of the store.
- Ask your friends – we actually had 3 people in my office move in one summer. We all passed along boxes to each other! Once people move, they usually unpack and have empty boxes to get rid of. This is a really easy way to get free boxes!
- Neighborhood groups – if you have a neighborhood Facebook or NextDoor group, post and ask if anyone has boxes! The odds are high that someone will have some they recently used or have hoarded in their garage that they are willing to give you.
- Craigslist – if you don’t have any friends that have recently moved, check Craigslist. Often, people are begging you to come take away their empty boxes. Be sure to check the “FREE” section first!
Where have you gotten free boxes?
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