Moving is a big expense, financially and emotionally. Trying to plan a move on a budget is stressful because it involves more planning, and this can have you feeling overwhelmed and even reluctant to make the move. In this post we’ve gathered some things for you to keep in mind, on how to save money while moving and how to plan for packing up your home if you’re moving on a budget.

Research and Plan

  • Look into what time of month, year, or season would provide the best moving date for you. Don’t have children? Avoid moving during the summer months because that’s busy season for moving companies. Moving for work? See if you can schedule your move to avoid major holidays- and consequential traffic or weather delays.
  • Think about what you’re going to need to pack last minute, so it’s not in the moving truck when you need it immediately at your new home. Major items are a small suitcase or boxes with clothing, a box of tools, first aid kit, toiletries, linens, etc. You don’t want to have to buy things you already own because they’re packed away and unavailable. Travelling with a cooler for food items/meals can also help you save money when moving. We have a post to help you with this! 
  • Before you sell or donate, make an inventory Needs vs. Wants list. Can you sell items/appliances now and buy them again at your new home? Do you need a new dining set when you arrive, or are you willing to thrift pieces and give them some TLC? If you can’t compromise, then take those items with you when you move. 
  • If you’re packing your own items to save money when moving, start collecting boxes from larger stores. If you speak to a manager first, many places will let you drive around to their loading zone and take their broken down boxes. They might even have other packaging materials you could recycle as well.

Purging Inventory

  • moneysavingmovinghouseAppliances, clothing, linens, electronics, child/baby related items, exercise equipment, extra utensils are all good things to sell at a garage sale. Ask neighbors to participate and make it a block party sale!
  • Have nicer furniture or items that aren’t worthy of a yard sale because they have more value? Consider posting them to Craigslist, Ebay, or paying for a short-term stall at your local flea market. These options attract savvy shoppers, antique collectors, and DIY lovers…and people who have just moved!
  • Donate your extra food items and unopened toiletries to local food banks and shelters. Clothing that’s in good shape can go to charitable thrift shops or be sent to foundations that distribute items to those in need. You won’t make any money off your items this way, but you will save money when the moving truck weighs less, and you will feel good about giving back to your community. We sure do.

Bigger Picture

  • Don’t forget to return borrowed items or store purchases if you need to. Collect financial deposits, and update your information with the IRS, post office, bank, etc. Settle memberships for gyms or organizations, and collect your dry cleaning, keys, and other things you may forget. These are often overlooked (especially the accounts that automatically withdraw from your bank!), so make sure to settle before you leave. 
  • Book your travel itinerary in advance to save on flights, hotels, rental cars, etc. Make sure your AAA membership information is up-to-date so you can take advantage of any discounts. Consider cashing in credit card points or flight miles to help save even more.
  • When you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember to stay positive. Remind yourself of why you are moving, take frequent breaks away from your moving agenda, and consult your inventory needs vs. wants list when packing.


Hopefully thesesimple tips provide you a positive start for planning your move on a budget. Remember that the team at Sorensen is here to help you! We want you to have the smoothest transition possible. Start your research and planning today, and contact our team to schedule a in-person, hassle-free quote.


Wishing you the best as always,
Sorensen Moving and Storage