U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > General Moving Issues
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 11-10-2012, 03:32 AM
2,112 posts, read 3,851,070 times
Reputation: 2596


Walmart or any other giant retailer has 50 gallon rubbermaid containers with wheels. You only have to buy them once ever. They stack for storage when you don't need them. I bought 4 of them years ago and I never worry about finding boxes. They're also more durable than cardboard and water resistant. They're not air-tight but if you're putting anything in storage you won't have to worry about bugs or water damage. They're also all the same size so they line up nicely in the truck. At about $10 a piece, the cost is minimal in the grand scheme of moving. Especially if you have movers, it's a lot easier to keep track of 5 containers rather then 50 boxes.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 11-10-2012, 12:59 PM
Location: Hayden
446 posts, read 551,625 times
Reputation: 1147
Lots of good suggestions here, thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-17-2012, 09:20 PM
Location: Piedmont, OK
96 posts, read 145,920 times
Reputation: 86
I purchased my boxes online pretty cheap at movingdayboxes.com. Spent around $90 with packing paper and packed most of my house after getting rid of all the stuff we didn't need. Real high quality thick new boxes too..no bugs or tears in them. I will probably list them on Craigslist for free when I move in a few weeks...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-18-2012, 05:48 AM
Location: Maine
2,270 posts, read 5,728,657 times
Reputation: 2533
While craigslist and freecycle can be a great source for free boxes, you run the risk of showing up and finding that the boxes are ancient, dust-covered and reek of cigarettes. I've had that experience, but I have also received real moving boxes (heavy-duty ones that the people bought), so it's worth a shot.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 04:14 PM
7,496 posts, read 9,731,978 times
Reputation: 7394
I agree, Walmart has boxes you can take for free. They also sell boxes if you need something different. From what I've noticed they seem to be a decent price.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-24-2012, 05:40 AM
Location: Midwest transplant
2,011 posts, read 4,982,876 times
Reputation: 1569
Uline (on line) sells boxes, as does Amazon. Free boxes from Craig's List, schools, offices, businesses, Freecycle.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-24-2012, 07:26 AM
Location: Little Rock AR USA
2,457 posts, read 6,309,314 times
Reputation: 1869
I got mine from Mcdonalds burger joints. Perfect for books because they pack good and aren't too heavy, and also good for small stuff.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-24-2012, 07:53 AM
Location: St. Louis, MO
4,009 posts, read 5,493,388 times
Reputation: 4545
My husband got a tonne from the back of a local CVS and then also went by Mayflower moving company and they told him to feel free to climb through the dumpster and help himself to old moving boxes (most of which are perfectly fine and still usable). He was also able to get a tonne of paper and bubble wrap.

My mother-in-law has since picked up a tonne of boxes for free that she saw listed on Craigslist, and she'll be dropping them off to us on her way up to VA.

So, all in all, all we've paid for thus far is packing tape.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-24-2012, 09:16 AM
Status: "Harlan Ogilvy was right!" (set 19 days ago)
Location: Bel Air, California
21,292 posts, read 21,809,019 times
Reputation: 33417
I used a ton of liquor store boxes last time for all of my moving needs. I just wish I would have known that they would have given them away before I permanently wrecked my liver.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-24-2012, 02:44 PM
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
7,376 posts, read 12,911,056 times
Reputation: 30856
Everybody's already given you plenty of good suggestions (except egg boxes. They come with the trays the eggs are in before they're put in the carton). To save space, buy some Space Bags. Great for all the towels, bed linens, and all the clothes you have put up for the change from summer to winter and vice versa. Pack the bags, suck the air out, and you're ready to go.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > General Moving Issues
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:51 PM.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top