With the average price of an interstate move going around $4,300 and the average cost of a local move being roughly $2,300 (according to data published by the American Moving and Storage Association), it’s no wonder that, just like millions of people who are about to move out of their respective homes each year, you must also be desperately looking for effective ways to reduce the moving costs.
The top 10 moving tips for saving money will definitely help you manage your tight budget, but it’s often the small cost saving tricks that will ultimately make the biggest difference price-wise. Take the process of packing, for example – now that you know where you can get moving boxes for free and how to use alternative packing supplies you already own – again, for free, it’s time for you to lower the moving expenses even more by learning where to get free old newspapers and most importantly – how to pack with newspaper, and thus save on packing materials as a result
Use newspapers for packing? Seriously?
It’s understandable that you won’t think of newsprint as a valuable packing material but you shouldn’t underestimate its clear advantages as packing paper either. Once you start the laborious task of packing up your items for the upcoming move, you’ll soon realize that you could really use all kinds of clever little tricks that will enable you to save money and time.
You may not still know it, but using newspapers for packing your stuff can easily turn out to be an extremely simple yet brilliant idea for your budget. After all, what other packing material will cost you virtually nothing and still has that astonishing level of versatility?
The clear advantages of using newspapers to pack up your things are:
- Newsprint is everywhere around us and there are a number of simple ways to get free old newspapers. Yes, free as you won’t have to pay anything to get all the newspapers for packing you will ever need. Can any other packing material even come close to newsprint price-wise?
- The availability and accessibility of newsprint can only be rivaled by its low cost. Take a quick look around your home and you’re likely to find plenty of old newspapers just lying around and waiting to be either recycled or used for something meaningful.
- Crumpled paper used as padding is fairly lightweight and yet it’s surprisingly strong.
- Newspapers take less space in a packing box than most of the other filling and padding materials such as towels or pieces of clothing.
- Newspaper is good for the environment as it can be used over and over again, and then recycling newspapers is as easy as it gets.
The only true disadvantage of using newspapers to pack for a move is that the ink can leave nasty stains on your items and will get your hands rather dirty. Gladly, that fact does not pose a serious problem because it has a simple solution – read on to find out how to pack plates with newspaper, how to pack glasses with newspaper and practically any other breakable, fragile, delicate or even valuable items with newspapers.
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Where to get old newspaper for packing
As mentioned above, newspapers are everywhere around us and it won’t take much an effort to get as many old newspapers for packing as you will ever need. Oh, and you won’t have to pay a cent to get that highly versatile packing material either. It all sounds great, isn’t it?
But where to get free old newspapers?
- Your home. If you have a subscription to the local newspaper, then you will definitely have stacks of old newspapers that are merely collecting dust in your basement, garage or attic. But if you don’t have newspapers delivered to your door, then you should still have free newspaper from local classified or entertainment newspapers whenever your mailbox gets spammed regularly.
- Your neighbors and friends. Ask around your circle of friends, including the folks next door, if they can spare some old copies of newspapers. The chances are very high that they will gladly help you out. In fact, in some cases you will be doing them a favor by removing all the old and useless newspapers they have in their homes.
- Local newspaper office. Where to pick up free newspapers? Get in touch with your local newspaper office – sometimes they will be willing to give away the end rolls – the remaining ends of unprinted newsprint rolls. Or it’s possible that they have misprints or extra copies which you can get for a minimal fee. Also, it’s a great idea to contact the place where the actual printing of newspapers takes place – the printing house, if you happen to have one in your city.
- Recycling centers. Ultimately, the majority of old newspapers get recycled at certain recycle centers. If you still haven’t gather enough newspaper via one of the methods above, then a quick visit to your local recycling center should get you as many old newspapers as you can carry.
Good to know: Only in rare moving house instances will you need so much newspaper as to having to deal with local newspaper offices, printing houses or recycling centers. In the majority of packing tasks, your newspaper needs will be 100% covered by the old newspaper copies you find in your home and the ones you borrow from your friends.
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How to pack with newspaper
Packing with newspaper is nothing too complicated – it is utilized in the same way soft packing paper is used. Thus said, there are a few important things to keep in mind when packing with newspapers in order to have a successful packing experience from start to finish:
- Newspaper is a great padding material! Crush newspapers into tight balls of paper and lay them on the bottom of each cardboard box before filling it with breakable and fragile items. Newsprint may be thin but crumpled newspaper suddenly becomes extremely strong and durable.
- Newspapers are great space fillers too! Once you’ve packed a moving box with fragile and delicate items, those valued possessions must be immobilized so that no movement of any kind exists. If the space in the box is not filled out completely, the packed items could come into contact with one another and break during the moving trip. Insert crumpled pieces of newsprint inside those non-filled areas to secure the contents of the box.
- Newspapers are great for wrapping but they should never be used as initial protective layers because of the ink newsprint usually leaves on some more delicate surfaces. Sometimes such ink stains may never be truly removed from some items, so be careful not to ruin some of your possessions in your attempt to save more and more money. Newspaper will also leave ink on your hands but that’s not really a problem and it washes off easily enough and cannot possibly hurt your skin in any way.
- Finally, let’s remind you again that newsprint is an excellent and often underrated alternative of soft packing paper but, for best results, it should always be used in conjunction with white packing paper and Bubble wrap. Make sure you wrap your glasses, dishes, bowls, picture frames, etc. with white packing paper first, and then use plenty of free old newspapers as second, third and even fourth layer of protection.
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