6 Places to Find Cardboard Boxes

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Moving Boxes

We all know that there are a few things you need in order to pull off a successful move. A large truck or van, tape, lists, bubble wrap, the keys to your new place, and—of course—lots and lots of boxes.

Yes, cardboard boxes of all sizes are essential for safely packing all of your belongings in an organized and efficient manner. But, unless you’re someone who moves frequently, chances are you don’t have tons of empty packing boxes ready and waiting for you. So, you might be looking for a place where you can get your hands on this necessary items.

Look no further! I’ve rounded up six great places to find those absolutely essential moving boxes.

1. Home Improvement Store

As the easiest (yet most expensive) option, you can always head to your local home improvement store in order to purchase a pack of moving boxes. If you don’t want to pay for a large stack of cardboard (and, who can blame you?) ask an employee if they have any boxes you could take free of charge. They might not be willing to give you the go-ahead, particularly since they sell moving boxes—but it’s definitely worth asking!

2. Craigslist

Many people don’t like to hang onto moving boxes, since they take up quite a bit of space. But, simply trashing them seems wasteful. So, check the “free” section of Craigslist to see if you can pick up some cardboard moving boxes from people in your area!

3. Retailers

They’re called “big box stores” for a reason, right? It’s no secret that retailers receive large shipments of items constantly. What does that mean for you? Well, there are tons of cardboard boxes left empty. Call ahead or stop by one or a few of these stores to find out if they have any boxes you can take off their hands. Chances are, they’ll be happy to help you out and get rid of the extra clutter in the process!

4. U-Haul Box Exchange

Everybody knows that moving is a pain. So, U-Haul created a message board where people can ask for or provide leftover moving supplies. Check out their Box Exchange to see if anyone in your area is offering up some boxes for free or for an extremely reduced price.

5. Your Network

Let’s face it—you aren’t the first person who has ever moved. So, more than likely, somebody you know has moved recently too. Ask your friends, family members, and co-workers to find out if any of them have empty cardboard boxes that you could use for your move. You might be surprised at how many resources are right there under your nose!

6. Apartment Complex Dumpsters

OK, so you might feel a little strange about hanging out by a dumpster. But, apartment complexes constantly have new residents moving in and out. And, once their move is complete? They dump all of those bulky cardboard boxes by the dumpster. Nobody’s saying you need to dive in and go crazy. But, taking a quick peek to see if there are any sturdy boxes left up for grabs definitely doesn’t hurt!

Moving is expensive, and the last thing you want to do is pay an arm and a leg for a bunch of cardboard. Give a few of these outlets a try to see if you can get your hands on some free or cheap moving boxes. Now, get packing!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.