How to Score Free Moving Boxes

Author: Lauren Ross

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Moving can be draining on your wallet. After all the initial deposits on your new place, factoring in the costs of movers, and utility bills, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed about the moving process and its associated fees. However, you can help alleviate the stress by cutting costs on boxes. Instead of buying new boxes from your local retailer, you can save a lot of money by finding free moving boxes in your community. Here’s how:

Freecycle lets you search for free boxes and packing paper (and other goods) in your community. The idea is to keep usable and recyclable goods out of landfills. Return the favor after your move by listing your boxes on Freecycle.

Ask Your Employer

Work is a great place to score free boxes – just make sure you get permission to take them. Your work is always receiving shipments, such as inventory, office supplies, computers, etc., so finding boxes should be a breeze. If there aren’t any boxes at that time, ask an employee who handles packaging to alert you when boxes become available.

Clothing Stores

Department stores and boutiques receive a steady supply of inventory. Ask a store associate or manager if you can take some of their empty boxes off their hands. If they don’t have any ready to take at that moment, you may be asked to leave your number so they can contact you when some do come available.

U-Haul Box Exchange

U-Haul has created a messaging board where you can search for moving supplies, exchange boxes, or share U-Haul rides with others in your area.


Boxes from bookstores are often sturdier and great for packing books or fragile items.

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