Let someone else do the driving
Some people dislike the idea of renting and driving a big truck across the country -- or even across town -- to move their belongings.
If you don't have the stomach for such driving, yet don't want to pay the full price of a professional mover, consider looking around for a moving company that will provide a transport-only option.
Some moving companies will drop off a storage container at your residence and let you fill it over several days or weeks. Once you're ready, the company will pick up the container and drive it to its destination. You then will be responsible for unloading the contents and moving them into your new place.
A middle ground for savings
Although a service like this will put a small dent in your wallet, it shouldn't cost you as much as hiring professional movers.
"You always save money when you do some of the work yourself, versus paying someone else to do the job," Poage says. "If you are strong enough and have the time, by all means, do as much as you can yourself."