Moving doesn’t have to break the bank. We’ve put together some ways you can keep to your budget and still have a great moving experience.
Have a large library? Packing and mailing books to your new address-using the U.S. Postal Service’s Book Rate-can save you enough money to buy a few new bestsellers.
One of the best ways to save money on your move is to donate belongings-or have a yard sale and make some quick cash! Here’s a list of items that you could consider getting rid of:
- CDs (Tastes change; many used-CD stores buy back your old tunes)
- Clothing (If you haven’t worn it in a year, chances are you never will)
- Toys (Kids outgrow toys like they outgrow shoes. Make other kids happy with your child’s old favorites)
- Firewood (It’s heavy, bulky, and they’ll have it in your new neighborhood)
- Tools (Moving from a house to a condo? You probably won’t need that lawn tractor)
- Exercise Equipment (Do you really want to move 300 pound of weights that haven’t been lifted in years?)
If you do donate, be sure to get receipts for tax deductions. Along with donations, you can often deduct moving expenses if you are moving because of a change in your principal place of employment. Check with a tax expert!
If you’re selling a house, you can save money on a move by including large items like appliances, swingsets, satellite dishes, shelves, flagpoles, fireplace tools, and other bulky belongings into the real estate deal.