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Moving on a budget

Whether you're moving in search of greener pastures or to be closer to family, moving can be expensive, but there are a few things you can do to help reduce costs on long distance moves.
Create a moving budget Carefully plan out your budget ahead of time or run the risk of overpaying for your move. Make sure to track all of your moving expenses.
Research options Look into the price of airline tickets. Remember if you fly, and you need to move vehicles, it can be expensive to pay a moving company to transport your cars. Get a number of quotes from different moving companies, and consider hidden fees and extra charges. Some start with small up-front fees but then charge high prices for extras. Drive yourself. Look into the gas and accommodation costs of driving your own moving van and towing your car.
Plan move for off-peak time Moving in the beginning or end of the month can be expensive.  If possible move in the middle of the month, and even better, the middle of the week. If you're able to hold off your move until the winter months, you may be able to save even more.
Downsize The more you move, the more it will cost. Get rid of anything that isn't essential. When it comes to furniture consider how much it is really worth. An old couch will cost more to move than it’s worth. Hold a garage sale to sell some of the belongings that aren't worth packing and moving and put the money toward your moving expenses.
Don't pay for moving supplies The price of boxes and bubble wrap add up quickly if you purchase them from a moving company. Avoid paying for your moving supplies and save. Recycling centres often offer boxes free of charge – check in with your local depot. See online forums or post your own request to look for bubble wrap and packaging material. Other people who have recently moved may be happy to offer these items free of charge on forums that promote recycling.
Look for tax deduction If you're moving for employment you may be able to deduct your moving expenses on your taxes - check with your accountant.
About the Author: Amy Morin writes about psychology, parenting, and personal finance software.


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