Where Can I Find Free Moving Boxes? (Bonus: Free Printable Checklist)

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I recently had to move. What this actually means is I recently had to figure out where the best places are to pick up free moving boxes.

If you’ve ever moved, you know this pain. It’s not like anyone keeps all their old boxes from last time. But what I ended up keeping was a heck of a lot of knowledge about where to get moving boxes without having to pay for them.

Here are some of the best sources our me and our readers have come across. (To save time with all of these examples, always make sure to call ahead, if possible!)

First, Post on Your Feed

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If you have one, the very first thing you should do is post on your most used social media feed: Facebook, Twitter, etc. Chances are that someone in your life just moved and would be happy to have you pick up their boxes.

This is the easiest and often most effective free moving box trick.

Outside of people you know personally, remember that people will sometimes give away boxes on Craigslist. Don’t forget to check in neighboring cities as well!

Best Businesses for Free Moving Boxes

Liquor Stores Often Have Sturdy, Free Moving Boxes

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Liquor stores are maybe the best businesses to check for free moving boxes because they receive boxes in bulk, and they’re incredibly sturdy, so the glass bottles don’t break. As with most of these locations, most employees would be happy to give the boxes away rather than taking the time to break them all down!

(College) Book Stores

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This was not an idea that came to mind right away but it makes perfect sense. Have you ever had to move boxes of books?  It only takes one time to learn that A) books should be packed in small boxes and B) those boxes better be darn sturdy. So, like liquor stores, book stores are definitely a good place to find sturdy boxes.

Near a university book store? Those places are used to students asking for boxes, so try your luck there first.

Free, Coffee-Scented Moving Boxes

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Coffee shops are another good place to check out, as they are constantly receiving shipments of syrup bottles and other merchandise. Call your local coffee shop (or, sure, Starbucks) and see when a good time would be to come in.


Other Places to Check for Free Moving Boxes

Your Local Grocery Store

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Grocery stores may seem like the number one, most logical place to find boxes, but they’re often very busy and can be hit or miss if that goldmine at any given hour will be yours. But if you are near a supercenter such as Walmart, Target, or a local grocery chain, make a list of those nearest you and give them a call before driving over. You may not have to look any farther!

Apartment Leasing Offices (AKA Free Moving Boxes Galore)

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If you live in a fairly large city, there are likely people moving around all the time. Apartment complexes would naturally have new people coming in and therefore needing to get rid of their used boxes. Call or stop by a nearby apartment leasing office (or maybe ask your own!) and see if there are any there you can have.

Self-Storage places

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Think about it. People are taking things in and out of storage all day long. Many people are discarding large amounts of free boxes into their dumpsters or recycling containers. A lot of storage places are happy to get rid of their excess waste to people who are about to move.

Hospitals

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Protip: don’t stroll up to the emergency room and ask for free boxes.

However, hospitals go through tons of discarded cardboard boxes and are unlikely to have people claim them because people don’t think check a hospital. If you strike out elsewhere, look up your local hospital’s help center number and see if someone can’t help you out on your search.

Recycling Center

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Finally, if you happen to have a recycling center nearby, it’s possible it will be the only stop you’ll need to make! Just Google “recycling center near me” and see if this is an option for you.


I hope this makes the process a little bit easier on those of you facing a big move. It’s a lot of work, but having the inside scoop can lighten the load!

We also put together this free printable checklist sheet for you as you search local spots for your free boxes!

Also, if you happen to be an expert mover, please feel free to share some of your secrets to finding free boxes in the comments below!

 Free Printable Download

HireAHelper Free Boxes Checklist

Illustration by Dola Sun
Victoria is currently a grad student studying in Nebraska and working-part time for HireAHelper. She loves music, road trips, and reading.

8 Clever Holiday Cardboard Hacks

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Happy Holidays! Whether you just moved into your new place or are an avid online shopper, most of us are guilty of having a little extra cardboard around the house at any given moment. And for most of us, this valuable tool does its job transporting and then quickly gets retired to the garbage.

Instead of hauling that leftover cardboard to the curb immediately, have you ever thought of using it in a new way in your home? Maybe to help stay organized or just to add a little extra holiday spirit around your place?

No, we have not gone crazy and yes, we do believe with a little creativity your old moving boxes can be repurposed to actually dress up your new place for the holiday! Not only would this be cutting down on your waste, upcycling your leftover cardboard could even save you some money this holiday season.

Before you officially think we’ve bought a one-way ticket to Crazytown, check out these super clever holiday cardboard hacks. One moving box at a time, we are determined get in the holiday spirit…. (more…)

Moving Boxes: Price Comparison for these Moving Must-Haves

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Moving Boxes Price Comparison Infographic

A few months back we compared the costs of FOR SALE signs because heck, getting the most BANG for your BUCK is pretty dang important in any move. Who doesn’t like to save a buck or two?! Just think… less money spent on moving costs means more money to spend on cocktails at your upcoming house-warming party. Cheers to that! In that case, we figured, “why limit the saving to just For Sale signs?” Why not get the most bang for your buck in every aspect of moving? So next up on our cost comparison chopping block- Moving Boxes.

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Of course, some of you future movers can probably snag a few FREE boxes from friends, neighbors, workplaces, or even as secret dumpster divers just after dusk. Trust us, no one is judging…. free is FREE and if it means you have to flirt with an old banana peel or two to get FREE, more power to ya!

But when the free inventory has been exhausted and you’re stuck paying for the rest of your moving boxes, we have your back! Here’s what our moving boxes price comparison research revealed… (more…)

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