Moving into a new home and a new city is exciting. But the actual moving process? Not so much.

On top of being time consuming and a hassle, moving can be expensive, too. So take some time to plan ahead and save some cash with these tips for a money-saving move.

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1. Pick the right moving method

The most common ways to move including the following methods:

  • Hire a mover to load all your goods onto a truck, drive to your spot and move everything. This is often the most convenient option. However, it’s usually the most expensive option.
  • Rent a moving van or truck, load it up, drive it and unload it yourself. This is the most time consuming and most labor-intensive option. But if you’re moving somewhere close by, it’s the cheapest. Just be sure to budget for gas.
  • Load your items into a moving container yourself and have it shipped to your new area, then unload them yourself. Costs depend on how far you need to move and how long you want to keep your items in storage for.

However you decide to move, shop between several competitors for quotes. You can start by comparing movers right here on

When you do choose a mover, be sure to get a binding estimate in writing, so you won’t be surprised by a larger total after the move is complete. And don’t forget to budget for tips on moving day.

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2. Get your deposits back

If you’re a renter, your security deposit could cover the costs of your move, so do your best to get it back. Clean the apartment and do a walkthrough with your landlord if possible. If you can get the deposit back on the spot, great. If not, give the landlord your new address and ask when you can expect the check.

Other deposits you may need for your new place and during the move include the following:

  • Utilities and Internet deposits
  • A new saving account
  • Car rental deposits

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3. Shop smart for supplies

Buying brand new boxes for moving can be expensive. Use our packing calculator to make sure you don’t purchase too many boxes.

Of course, you don’t want to skimp on packing when it comes to something like your desktop computer or HDTV. If you can’t find the right sized boxes or packing materials, buy them or have it professionally packed.

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4. Budget for the unexpected

It’s difficult to budget for everything your new place will need. Within the first few days or week of moving, you might find you need a new shower rod, cabinet liners, kitchen spices and other small items that add up.

You may also need a new driver’s license, gym membership and bank account. Plan ahead and set aside some money to take care of those things.

Finally, try to move when the weather is good. If you have to get off the road and into a hotel—or keep your goods in storage for a few extra days—you can end up spending much more than your budget allows.