Moving is often a necessary step that people need to do towards growth. But the reality is that it can also be a pretty expensive endeavour. If you’re a student or someone lacking the luxury of disposable income, it’s a must to save on costs as much as possible.

One of the best places to save money is on packing supplies. Typically, a person can dish out up to $180 on packing supplies alone. But for those on a tight budget, don’t you worry because there are a few tips and tricks on how you can get free packing supplies and save some cash for more important things.


Below are some things that you can do to cut your packing costs:

  1. Go to your local supermarket

    Ralphs, Albertsons, and other large supermarket chains will be more than happy to give you boxes for free. All you need to do is go there and simply ask them for their cardboard boxes. This simple act can merit you hundreds of boxes (that were used to transport canned foods and other goods). So what if you’re box contains some colourful markings on the outside? Once you’ve labelled them, it doesn’t matter.

  2. Go to wholesale markets

    If you want to obtain larger boxes for bigger things, you only need to visit bigger establishments too. Try visiting the Walmart, Costco or Sam’s Club nearest you. Just go and ask any personnel there and don’t be shy. Just think of it as their way on reducing their daily garbage. Not only are you saving yourself from extra moving costs, you’re also helping the environment too through recycling!

  3. Ask your neighbours for old newspapers and magazines

    Old magazines and newsprint can be used as packing materials for breakable objects like plates, cups, figurines, etc. These papers can also be used to pad the bottom of your boxes- making them stronger and sturdier. Go around your neighborhood or call your friends and family. I’m sure a lot of people will be more than willing to help you out.

  4. Use your clothes and fabrics as protectors

    If you really want to save on packing costs, you can also use your clothes, towels and linens as box fillers and protectors of (clean) breakable objects.

  5. Use drawers as boxes

    The drawers from your desks and cabinets can also be used as makeshift storage space. You can fill them up with non-breakable items and use it like you would a normal storage box. Once the drawer is filled, use masking tape to seal the top and voila, an extra box that’s free of charge! Just remember to remove the tape immediately upon arrival so it won’t leave damage the material or chip the paint of the drawer.

  6. Recycle old shopping bags

    Plastic bags from groceries and shopping trips can be reused to cover and protect things like pillows, towels and clothing. Just make sure that they are properly dry and clean.

  7. Use your existing luggage

    Pack your travel bags and luggage like you would when preparing for a vacation. These are great places to pack your clothes and other personal items. And remember, just like when you’re travelling, every inch of space counts so make the most of it!


With a little creativity, you can easily reduce your packing costs! Just be persistent and don’t be afraid to ask.

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