Where should I look for moving boxes?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Where should I look for moving boxes?
Thu, 10-23-2003 - 5:01pm
We will be moving in a few monthes and I would like to be organized and all pack before moving day! I was just wondering if anybody had good suggestion on where to get some good moving boxes. I was hoping not to have to pay $4.00 a box from our nearest U-Haul. I live in a smaller community.

TIA--Greatly Appreciated

Liz in NE

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Registered: 10-23-2003
Thu, 10-23-2003 - 5:27pm
There's no need to pay for boxes.

The first place to check is your local supermarket. They have boxes in all sizes. Most supermarkets crush their boxes immediately after they empty them, but if you ask, they will probably reserve some for you. I have one supermarket near me that doesn't crush them. Instead they put them in a room near the front exit for customers to help themselves. It saves them the cost of disposal.

My other source of moving boxes is the liquor store. Wine and liquor boxes are a great size for packing dishes. Again, you'll probably have to request them to save some for you.

Also, if you have any friends that work in warehouses or import stores, ask them to get you some boxes. Those boxes are made to be shipped thousands of miles in a container over the seas, so they are sturdy enough for moving.

Good luck,


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Thu, 10-23-2003 - 6:58pm
the grocery store!

WAH Momma to Nicholas 4-7-01 and Katherine 3-9-05

Baby Slings

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Thu, 10-23-2003 - 7:34pm
YOUR local nursing home!! This is a place that is ORTEN overlooked my DH works in nursing homes and they have TONS of boxes from deliveries loads of them and they have to pay for disposal too so they are more than happy to give them away The boxes that deliver thier adult size diapers are perfect and come in a variety of sizes

Take care


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Thu, 10-23-2003 - 8:38pm
We went to clothing stores to ask for boxes! They unpack tons daily and had plenty to give us!
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Thu, 10-23-2003 - 8:50pm
We went to the liquor store, they get a shipment almost every day. Turns out that the boxes are in such a high demand they just put them out front, you don't even have to ask. Our future neighbors are going to think that we are alcoholics-- also try the grocery store, the produce section gets shipments more often. Egg boxes are great too. Just ask- the employees are happy to get rid of them-- it sure beats having to break down the boxes like I did when I worked at the grocery store. -Stephanie
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Thu, 10-23-2003 - 9:35pm
Know anyone who works in a hospital or in food service? That is where all our boxes came from on our last move.
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Thu, 10-23-2003 - 11:45pm
Call around to local fast food restaurants too - or if you know someone that works for one, ask them to save boxes.
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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 12:16am
We just moved a couple of months ago and everyone above has great ideas. Also tell everyone you know that you are looking for boxes. I had friends bringing me boxes. One had a brother who worked at the post office and gave me great large boxes. Another worked in an office and gave me quite a few of those copy paper boxes. My neighbors even brought me boxes. Also my movers sent me some boxes. Another idea is ask your local paper for an end of the newspaper roll to wrap things with.

Good luck with your packing and your move.

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Fri, 10-24-2003 - 7:22am
You can still check at Uhaul. Some people return the trucks with the boxes still inside and they won't reuse them.

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 12:47pm
Liquor stores and grocery stores are popular places to get boxes here. Some people don't like to use produce boxes, but I've never had any problem with them. During our last move, we got some really sturdy 2 part apple boxes that work great for underbed boxes after the move!

A restaurant supply store may also be able to help you if you have one. They get nice boxes because of the types of heavy products that come in them- the type that hold 4- 1 gallon jugs of sauce or whatever are really nice boxes. Our store often has them in a huge bin out front free for the taking.

It might cost a few dollars, but maybe you could take a "want ad" out in a local pennysaver or other newspaper asking for free boxes for moving? After our last move, I couldn't get rid of the roomful of empty boxes we had. I tried and tried to get rid of them, but nobody was moving. I would have been happy to give them to someone who could use them. Fortunately we were able to recycle them, so it wasn't like they just went to a landfill.

Also, if you live near a military base, you might get a great response from a want ad. We lived in an off base section of military housing at one time and on recycling/trash day, there would be people driving around in the early morning scavenging boxes- this was both military people who were doing self- moves, and civilians who knew there was a good source there.

If you end up at stores asking for boxes, and find someone is nasty to you and will not help you, don't get discouraged but ask somewhere else. We ran into a couple of dead ends when we were moving and asking around for boxes.