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March 24, 2013

Brittany's Budget Diary: Au revoir! That’s fancy talk for peace out

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VALDOSTA — — Don’t spend your bucks on boxes. I probably easily used upward towards 40 boxes to move and despite their simple design, they are not cheap! That is why I dumpster dived for all my boxes. There are stores all over town that get shipments in daily and all of them just throw out the boxes. I just walked into various businesses and got permission to pull them out of their dumpsters. I may have lost some of my dignity in the dumpster, but I certainly didn’t lose a buck.

— Use newspapers to wrap your fragile goods. A pack of packing paper costs at least $10 for roughly 200 sheets. That sounds like a lot, but it’s not. If you know you’re going to move (and are a loyal subscriber of The Valdosta Daily Times) start saving your newspapers. Re-purpose them rather than just throwing them out! Also, if you can avoid using bubble wrap, do so. It’s the most expensive packing material.

— Don’t just throw stuff in a box. The less boxes you pack, the less money you spend. Moving trucks are very expensive and if you pack responsibly and neatly, you can get a smaller truck that doesn’t cost you as much money.

— During your moving process, you will probably be using paper plates and plastic cups. If you buy styrofoam plates (which are usually cheaper), you can also use them to pack your dishes. Instead of buying special boxes and materials to pack up your glass pates, wrap the plates in newspapers and then place a styrofoam plate in between each one as you stack them on top of each other.

— Don’t tape up your boxes until you are completely done packing. This will help you avoid having to pack boxes with random, misplaced things. Make sure you mark each box with a marker and stack like boxes together (from kitchen, living room, etc.) so if you find something from the bedroom you forgot to pack, you can easily put it in its designated box.

Well, my budgeteers, that’s all I have for you this week. Wish me luck and the next time I write to you, it will be from the second greatest city in the world, Savannah! Valdosta is the first greatest city, of course.

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