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You’re moving. You need cardboard boxes. Where can you get them?

Aside from going to a store and buying them, there are a few places you can get free or discounted cardboard boxes.

1. Retail Stores & Food Stores

Packing Tape on BoxDepending on the kind of cardboard boxes you may need, you might want to ask around at some retail stores. A lot of the times they get shipments in, and they have an abundance of cardboard boxes that just get recycled, trashed, or smooshed. Sometimes these stores can save them for you, but usually it will depend on the day of their shipments. Food stores sometimes get produce in boxes (such as banana boxes) and can share those with you. It depends on what size you are looking for and how many you need. Ask around! Stores such as Homegoods, TJ Maxx, and other home furnishing stores can sometimes have large boxes for you. Don’t bother with stores like The Home Depot, as they smoosh all their boxes as soon as the items are emptied from it. Mom and pop stores often have more of a cardboard box trash issue, so try there first. Liquor stores always seem to have a ton of beer and wine boxes stacked up for people to take as well, so don’t discount them, either.

2. Try Plastic

IRIS 7-Drawer Storage Cart with Organizer Top, BlackIf you’re moving into a new place that has room for storage, try packing things up in plastic, reusable tupperware containers. This is most helpful because you can slide things directly into storage without them getting water damaged or otherwise, and you’ll save on buying plastic containers in the future. We know this isn’t the most financially viable option sometimes, so coupling this idea with whatever cardboard boxes you may have can be helpful. Plus, plastic containers are a lot more durable, and if you’re moving when it’s raining, they won’t get wet and soggy.

3. Get pre-owned boxes

Pre-owned, er, used cardboard boxes can be found from sources such as Craigslist or Freecycle from other movers or people who are looking to lighten their load in the cardboard box area. Give it a try!

4. When all else fails…

We can provide you with cardboard boxes, do the packing for you, and more. If you simply don’t want to deal with it, contact us, and we’ll get you squared away. We know how to pack, too, so no boxes will be overloaded and your items will go unharmed during the moving process. Ready to get started? Contact Central Lakes Region Movers now!

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