Find free boxes
Why pay for something when you can get it free? If a move is in your future, start saving large boxes from everyday purchases now.
You can also get boxes from local businesses, especially liquor stores, drugstores, grocery stores and offices. All you have to do is ask.
"For example, copy-paper boxes are great for moving," Poage says. "They are generally really strong and the perfect size for packing most of your household items. Then, when the boxes are full, you can actually still lift them up and carry them to the moving van."
Remember, if you hire movers, you may have to buy boxes from them, especially when packing valuable items.