Our family recently moved from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Billings, Montana. Since I’m always on the lookout for ways to cut costs, I decided to share some of the things I learned about reducing the cost of a move from one state to another.
1. Search (and continue) searching for the best price for moving trucks.
The best way I found to search for moving truck prices was to visit each individual site of the main moving truck companies. Also, we went ahead and checked to see if moving pods or anything similar would be cheaper than renting our own truck. In the end, we decided that renting a truck would be the most economical choice.
In my experience, the sooner you make your moving truck reservation, the better price you’ll find. However, there are times when the price of trucks fluctuates, so even once you have a reservation keep checking every week or two. You’ll find the best price for a truck if you rent mid-week.
If you visit your local post office and request a change of address packet, you should get a 20% of Budget Truck coupon. Also, I’d be sure to Google the name of the moving company + discounts or coupons to see if there are any available discounts.
Don’t forget to book through an online bonus portal if possible. Check evreward.com to see if there are any cash back portals you can use to help reduce the cost of your truck. As an example, upromise.com offers 4% back when you book through their site.
2. Maximize fuel discounts along the way.
The month before our move, the local Safeway store had several stackable fuel discount points earning opportunities. We strategically purchased items in order to help supercharge our fuel discounts. The most gas we’ve ever put in our van was about 17 gallons. However, with the moving truck, we were able to take full advantage of the $1 offer per gallon up to a 25 gallon limit.
Check to see what your local grocery store does for fuel points. You may even want to strategically buy gift cards for things you’d buy anyway if there is a fuel point bonus for buying gift cards.
Be sure to use an app like GasBuddy to check and see how the prices of gas compare in cities along your route. In our case, gas was about 10 cents per gallon cheaper a couple hours down the road. We left without filling up the van with gas so we could buy it in the next town where the gas was cheaper.
3. Visit your local second hand store for ‘furniture blankets’.
Our local second hand store has ‘dog blankets’. These are older quilts, comforters, and blankets that they’ve determined aren’t fit for using on a bed. The best part is that they only charge $1 for those blankets. The cost for us to rent moving blankets was going to be about $3 each. Since we actually have to make a couple of moves before we get settled, we decided to pay $1 each for something we can reuse. Once we’re done with them, we can either throw them out or donate them to a second hand store to be sold again as dog blankets.
4. Watch garage sales or Craigslist for a hand truck or furniture mover.
We were able to buy a furniture mover for $3. I’m glad we were able to do that because it would have been $15 to rent one. This way we’ve been able to keep using it for a lower price. We never did find a hand truck, but I’m glad I watched Craigslist to see if one was available for sale.
5. Track your expenses.
If your move is work related, some of your expenses may be tax deductible. You can read the full details here. If you’re not in the habit of keeping your receipts, I’d suggest you hang onto the ones you get during your move.
What tips do you have for saving money when moving from one state to another?