There's no doubt that moving is expensive — the average cost to move over 100 miles can be up to $5,000, according to Zillow. Moving locally? That can still reach up to $1,200. Moving supplies, such as packing tape and large boxes, can be an enormous part of this expense. For example, a 97-count moving box kit from Home Depot costs $580, while a pack of 12 large moving boxes from Amazon is $49. (If you're wondering whether the moving boxes are shipped in, well, more boxes, they're actually plastic wrapped — so unfortunately you won’t be getting free cardboard boxes with your order.)
So what can you do to make your move less expensive? You can try to move your own items instead of hiring movers, and you can try to score free packing boxes. These are some of the best places to get free moving boxes.
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