Free Moving Boxes

Published: 16th October 2009
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Here are some tips on finding free moving boxes. Or, go here if you are looking for premium moving boxes rather than free moving boxes.

How to Find Free Moving Boxes

Twenty-eight. That is my number. That is how many dollars are in my bank account. That is how many jobs I have had since college. That is how many years old I will be in the spring, and that is how many times I have moved in my life. In those twenty eight moves, I have learned many strategies for moving. Today's topic: how to find free moving boxes.

1. Wal-Mart.
Every night, Wal-Mart does stocking. They usually begin at 10 or 11 pm, and last until the wee hours of the morning. Some of the boxes are returned to the corporate headquarters for re-use. However, the majority of them are simply crushed. Wal-Mart allows shoppers to grab a shopping cart, and take the boxes as they are unloaded. Out of courtesy, be sure to ask the employee working them. But employees must load all their boxes in the compactor, so taking boxes creates less work for them. They will always respond gratefully. You will find that during these hours, the aisles are scattered with carts full of folded boxes. Wal-Mart has no problem if shoppers commandeer these entire carts.

2. Everywhere else in town

Wal-Mart should provide all of the boxes necessary. If you do not have a Wal-Mart, try other businesses in town. The following are good places to find boxes. However, unlike Wal-Mart, you must call ahead to arrange for them.
-McDonald's: McDonald's food comes in nice sizes boxes great for moving. They are sturdy and well constructed. They only problem is their truck only comes once a week. If you are moving fast, you may not have time.
-Bookstores and gift stores: All those books and nick-knacks come in nice, sturdy boxes, and they are just tossed. They best time to try is late October and November, as they are overstocking for the holidays.

3. People Working in Retail

It is fairly common and perfectly acceptable for retail employees to cart home boxes for moving. Many employers do not even mind saving up boxes for employees or even former employees. If you want to move on the cheap, get the word out to your clock-punching buddies and family members.

4. Craigslist
Craigslist has a "free" category. Many times, people post their moving boxes. This website is a good place to find boxes.


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Comments
Gerald_McConway on September 8, 2011 said:
Though it may seem easier to randomly toss personal items into moving boxes during a relocation, the unpacking process will reveal that this is not true. Labeling the moving boxes allows the items to be efficiently unloaded from the moving truck, placed into the correct room, and unpacked without running all over the house.
Harry on September 13, 2011 said:
With the stress of moving and the money it costs this article provides a free and easy way to help you out enormously when you really need it.

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