So you’re moving.

Congratulations! You’ve got a new spot and decided on a move-in date. Now what? Start packing. But chances are, you don’t have 20 large moving boxes laying around your current home. Read our list to find out where you can get some boxes for free.

1. Liquor stores

Liquor bottles are heavy. So the boxes that hold them have to be sturdy. They’re probably sturdy enough to hold your stuff too, but they might be best to hold your smaller, heavy items, like a microwave or speakers. It’s a good idea to call ahead and ask them to hold on to the boxes for you.

2. Warehouse clubs

Membership clubs like Sam’s Club and Costco have tons of huge boxes. Many even have an area near the front of the store with all those empty boxes in a pile for the taking. The only catch? You have to have a membership to get into the store.

3. Office supply stores

Stores like OfficeMax and Staples are usually big places with a lot of heavy inventory, like printers, computers, and even office furniture like chairs and desk parts. Call your local Office Depot and find out if they have boxes for you.

4. Home improvement stores

Your local Lowe’s and Home Depot will be able to provide some free boxes for you. Like others on this list, these boxes will be durable and large, perfect for dishes or clothes packed tight.

5. Grocery stores

Fittingly, you can use grocery store boxes to store the food essentials while you move. Call ahead, and the store might be able to save boxes un-flattened for you.


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