When you get caught up in the chaos of planning a move, you often forget to budget out the small things, like moving boxes. It’s hard to justify spending $20+ on a stack of cardboard boxes only to turn around a few days later and toss them in the recycle bin. Lucky for you, there are a ton of places you can find moving boxes for free. So pocket that $20 and jot these places down!
7 Places to Find Free Moving Boxes
Craigslist is handy for many things— roommates, used furniture, handymen and now moving boxes. Check the “Free” section to see if anyone is giving away moving boxes or post your own ad to see if you can get any bites on moving boxes people don’t need anymore.
Similar to Craigslist, this site allows people to post items they don’t need at reasonable prices. It’s always a great place to check to see if there are any moving supplies people are giving away.
Another great site to find free items in your community is Freecycle. Once you sign up and join your local community group, you can post in the network that you’re looking for free moving boxes.
4. Neighborhood Facebook Groups
Facebook has two options you can choose from to find moving boxes. You can either check the Facebook Marketplace for local listings or you can check moving or roommate groups in your area. Oftentimes these groups will post for sale or free items that people are trying to get rid of before or after a move of their own.
5. Grocery Stores
Grocery stores are a great place to look for boxes. Most busy stores get hundreds of shipments boxes a day, and they mostly just throw them away. If you’re considering this option, we suggest calling ahead or going earlier in the day before they toss them in the trash. We also suggest that if you’re moving closer to the first of the month, to try and plan a trip to the grocery store mid-month to get boxes. The first of the month is such a common moving date, a lot of other people may have the same idea and the boxes could be gone by the time you get there.
6. Liquor Stores
Just like grocery stores, liquor stores are a great place to find boxes. The good thing about finding boxes here is that since they probably just carried glass bottles, the boxes you will get are cleaner than ones you might find elsewhere. The downside to them is that they might be on the smaller side in comparison to larger grocery boxes.
7. U-Haul Box Exchange
In an effort to reduce waste, U-Haul helps its customers sell, give away, or find boxes and moving supplies. Simply head on over to their website under their Products and Services section at the bottom of the page and click on the “Box Exchange” section. Here you’ll be able to enter your location and post if you have or if you are looking for moving boxes.