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Saving For The Cost Of Moving

8 tips for saving money before your move.

Tip 1: Get Back Utility Deposits

If your gas, electric or water utility has not yet returned the deposit you made for your current address, ask for the money now. If you have paid your bills on time, request a good customer letter. It might save you a utility deposit in your new town.

Coupons saved to cut moving expenses

Tip 2: Use Coupons

Coupons can save you money on all kinds of purchases... dining and groceries, services for home and auto, even home furnishings. We are living in a digital world now so most coupons are mobile. The best apps to use to find deals and coupons in the area would be RetailMeNot.comWalmart savings catcherCoupons.com, and Ibotta.com. Walmart savings catcher and Ibotta both help you earn money back on items you purchase.  

Tip 3: Downsize

It's smart to sell or give away things you are sure you won't need. However, don't be too hasty to get rid of furniture when you downsize. Replacing it may cost a lot more than you think.

Keep any furniture you might use. You can always sell or give it away after you've settled in.

Tip 4: Get Records Together

Round up the records that you will need to take with you—medical, dental, school and veterinary files. Ask your child's counselors and coaches for letters that document what your child has accomplished in karate, dance classes, swimming, etc. These letters can help your child fit into favorite activities in your new community.

Tip 5: Have a Moving Sale

Turn unwanted items into cash with a moving sale. See How To Hold a Moving Sale for tips, including advice on writing an ad and questions to ask before you place a classified ad in the local paper. You can also use the Internet to sell your items. Craigslist connects you to free online classifieds all over the world. Online auction sites, such as eBay.com, let you sell to the highest bidder. There are even businesses that will manage an online auction for you.

Tip 6: Keep Donation Receipts

When you donate items to charity, ask for receipts. You can use these to claim tax deductions and save money on your federal income tax.

Tip 7: Consign Furnishings

Selling your furnishings on consignment may bring more money than you would make from a moving sale. Visit one or more consignment shops to find one that is a good fit.
Ask:

  • Do people shop there for the kind of furnishings you have?
  • Is the pricing attractive, yet high enough to make a nice profit for you?

Consign only items that are in good condition. Usually, you specify an amount you will take and the shop adds a markup. If the item remains unsold after a period of time, the store may reduce the price.

Tip 8: Have Items Appraised

Before you sell or give away that unusual item, do you know how much it is worth? If you are in doubt, have it appraised. Many jewelry stores offer free appraisals. For antiques, rugs and other furnishings, search online for appraisers. You might be the lucky one who finds something buried in the attic worth big bucks! This is especially true of inherited items, such as furnishings or odds and ends. Don't be too hasty to get rid of old tins, books, odd pieces of china, etc. they could be worth some money.

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