After Moving Expenses
4 tips for recovering after moving expenses.
Moving can be a major expense, so you may need to be especially frugal for a while to let your savings recover. Use these tips to save a little extra money and make up for what you spent on moving day.
Tip 1: Check Out Local Listings & Reviews
Check out Angie’s List and Yelp for honest consumer reviews about local restaurants, lawn services, heating and cooling companies, doctors, and more. Go to Twitter and follow local users who tweet about happenings in the community. It's a good way to get instant updates on sales, store closings, and free events. And check out local news providers for free electronic alerts on weather and breaking news.
Tip 2: Don't Toss Junk Mail
Soon after you have moved in, you may get offers in the mail for free or discounted products and services. Don't be too quick to toss out what looks like junk mail – it could be valuable.
Tip 3: Find Newcomer Activities
Check online for information on newcomer activities in your area. Many media outlets publish searchable community calendars on their websites. You can use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to connect with others who share your interests. Meetup.com is good place to find events and groups of interest near you.
Tip 4: Visit a Local Library
Visit your local library and sign up for a library card. It might allow you to borrow framed art, which you can use for a couple of months on those bare walls in your new home. Or check out a book on local history or places of interest in your new community.
TIP 5: UNPACK YOUR KITCHEN
Don't be tempted to leave your kitchen appliances and dishes packed so you can justify ordering pizza and going to restaurants. Eating meals outside the home will add up fast, so try to cook every meal in the kitchen until your wallet has recovered from your move.
Your library can provide entertainment too. Between book clubs, DVDs, and community gatherings, there’s no limit to what you can discover.
Following these tips will help reduce moving costs. Moving expenses add up, so each dollar saved will help you in the long run. For more moving tips visit the Atlas Blog or the other How To Guides.