Moving across the country can be daunting, but just because your moving long distance doesn’t mean that it needs to be expensive. There are ways to save on everything from packing and driving.

Here are some simple tips to make the long distance move as cheap as possible.

Get Free Moving Boxes
Buying boxes can add a lot to your moving bill. Before you go out buying boxes check websites such as Craigslist and Freecycle. Also friends and family who may have moved recently, or even your workplace, are great places to get spare boxes.
No matter where you get your boxes from, make sure they’re sturdy and of good quality.

Take Only What You Need
Moving is a great time to declutter and throw out all those items you’ve been holding onto. Think about the items you plan on taking with you and if you really need them. Getting rid of unwanted items is a great way to save money, and if you choose to sell these items it could also be a great way to earn a little bit of of extra money.If your not going to sell your unwanted items consider donating them to charity or giving them to a friend or family member.

Make Sure You Have All The Prices Outlined.
If you don’t plan on selling all your items make sure you have a detailed quote from your moving company. You don’t want any unexpected costs to pop up on the moving day.

Think About How You Plan on Moving
Are you going to fly or drive? Do you want to move as much as possible yourself or will you hire a moving company for all your belongings?

Long distance moving is a great way to see the country but consider the costs involved with driving such as gas, hotels and meals. A lot of the time it can end up cheaper if you choose to fly.

With a little research you can compare the costs of flying and checking in a few suitcases versus driving. Decide if you prefer getting to your destination in your own time, avoiding baggage fees and avoiding possibly having to run to catch your flight compared to the amount of time and money it takes to drive to your new location.

Moving can be time consuming and expensive, with a little research you can definitely cut back on costs and find the best way to move. Plan ways to save money while also figuring out what works best for yourself and your family.