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Cut these expenses when moving

By Paula Pant ·
Monday, July 1, 2013
Posted: 4 pm ET

Regardless of whether you're buying or renting, summer is a great time to move into a new home. The kids are out of school, the sun stays bright until late in the evening, and there is no threat of having to lug boxes through snow and ice.

Unfortunately, moving can be expensive. You may splurge to buy boxes or rent trucks. Cutting back on your hours at work and eating out at restaurants (because your pots and pans are packed away) also is costly.

Here are three common moving costs, and tips for cutting them.

Snack foods

When your pots and pans are packed away, it's easy to run to Chipotle the moment you're hungry. After all, you can't cook.

But dining out too often adds hundreds of dollars in costs associated with your move. Avoid this expense by stocking up on foods that require no preparation, utensils or refrigeration. Such foods include apples, oranges, bananas, mixed nuts, crackers and granola bars.

Stash single-serving cups of yogurt and plastic spoons into your cooler, along with string cheese and some caffeinated drinks. Voila -- you no longer need to make a McDonald's run the next time you get hungry.

Packing materials

Buying boxes can get expensive. A medium box may cost only $1, but you'll probably need several dozen. Minimize the cost of packing materials by going to grocery stores, liquor stores and other retail outlets and asking managers if their store keeps any boxes in the back that you can collect.

You may only be able to grab a few boxes from each store, so start this process a few weeks before your move in order to give yourself enough time to collect what you need.

Replacement or repair of broken items

Shattered dinner plates, broken wine glasses and other breakage can cost you a lot of money if you don't pack properly. Invest in heavy-duty packing tape, and use it to reinforce the bottom of any box that contains fragile items.

Pack your boxes lightly. Remember, it is better to carry several loads than to try to lift an overweight box and risk dropping its contents. Wrap each breakable item with newspaper, and spend a few dollars buying foam peanuts or bubble wrap.

Paula Pant blogs at about building wealth and living life on your own terms. She's traveled to nearly 30 countries, owns six rental units that produce thousands in passive income, and runs her own digital marketing company. Follow Paula on Twitter @AffordAnything.

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