Spending Money to Save Money: How to Reduce Costs on Your Next Move

Moving is expensive. There is no way around this. And, a lot of the time, moving winds up being even more expensive than we thought it would be. This usually happens, believe it or not, as a result of our trying to reduce costs and save money. Talk about working against our better interests! The secret to moving affordably is not to nickel and dime every expense, it is to spend money that needs to be spent! Here are some examples:

Hire movers


Hire movers. No, seriously. Hire movers. For one thing, whatever expense you pay to hire a moving company will be offset by dramatic reductions in stress (both physical and emotional) on moving day.

For another, when you try to DiY a move, costs add up fast. There are non-refundable deposits on moving trucks, high priced (and required) insurance purchases for the moving truck, the actual rental cost of a moving truck, the gas you spend to fill up the moving truck, and the fees you pay if you are even ten seconds late returning that moving truck. When you hire a moving company, you are quoted a price and that is the price you pay. That’s it! Done! It makes planning so much simpler.

It’s also worth noting that professional movers also often offer packing services and supplies. You might not like someone else packing your stuff, but the benefit of having the pros doing the packing is that fewer items get broken or damaged during the moving process. The last thing you want is to have to spend a lot of money replacing your stuff while you’re dealing with the expense of moving, right?


Look, we used to think that paying for boxes was ridiculous too. Why pay for boxes that you don’t plan to save or re-use? Why pay for boxes when you can get them for free from any store in town? Or from neighbors giving them away on Rooster, Buy Nothing, or Craigslist?

It turns out–as we discovered one night when we ran out of free boxes way sooner than we thought we would–buying boxes is totally a worthy expense. For one thing, the expense isn’t that big. For another (and this is the important part), when you buy moving boxes, all of those boxes will be the same size. This makes packing go a lot faster because you don’t have to worry about precarious stacks of piled up boxes toppling over. You can also plan ahead better because you know exactly how much space you’ll have to work with.

Child Care

Trust us: hiring someone to watch the kiddos while you supervise a move (or do the moving yourself) is absolutely worth the expense. Kids are naturally curious creatures. They will want to see everything that’s going on, ask questions about it, etc. They will also likely want to help. Hiring a babysitter or temporary Nanny to keep watch over them–maybe supervising them as they move a few of their own smaller belongings into the family car–will satisfy those needs without having to distract you from the task at hand. And knowing that your kids are safe and occupied will reduce your moving-day stress exponentially.

Meal Delivery

Signing up for a meal delivery service seems like an unnecessary luxury…until you’re on your second week of frozen pizza because you haven’t had time to do any real grocery shopping or unpack a lot of your kitchen. Opting in to a couple of weeks worth of a prepared meal delivery service can save you a lot of time, effort, and feeling gross and bloated. These services send you the ingredients you need for a meal already measured out and ready to go. You simply combine them and put them in the oven (or cook them on the stove). Unlike processed frozen dinners, the ingredients are fresh and organic and actually good for you. Some of them even provide basic cookware so you don’t have to freak out if your kitchen is still mostly packed.

DiYing your move can seem like the only way to save money, but spending a few dollars now is the best way to save a lot later.