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7+ Clever Places to Find Free Moving Boxes

Make your move easier, cheaper and more environmentally friendly by reusing moving boxes. Here are 7 places to get them for free.

The following comes to us as a guest post from The Smith Valley Forge, a brand new apartment complex in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Moving to a new home or apartment is an exciting time. You get to experience life in an entirely new place and be surrounded by a new group of people.

However, the process of moving can be overwhelming.

We recommended downsizing your belongings before moving. But even if you throw out half of everything you own, there’s bound to be some complications.

  • You’ll have to deal with cramped stairwells that make it hard to move furniture.
  • Street parking can be hard to come by, especially for a moving truck, so don’t expect to have your truck parked in front of your door.
  • If you’re moving in the summer, you’ll have to deal with plenty of heat and humidity.
  • Moving can get expensive, especially if you decide to hire a moving company.

With all those built-in complications, you have enough to deal with, so finding free moving boxes for packing shouldn’t add to all that aggravation.

If you’re moving out, here are seven places you can find free boxes to save money on your move.


1. Your Apartment’s Recycling Bin

We’re not suggesting you sort through the dumpster to find empty boxes. But recycling bins tend to be much cleaner.

With the staggering amount of things that people order online and have delivered to their homes, you can be sure that empty Amazon boxes are nearby. Check your apartment’s recycling bins, and you’re sure to find plenty of empty cardboard boxes.

Can’t find any outside your building? Don’t worry; there are lots of other places you can look.


2. A Local Convenience Store or Grocery Store

If you can’t bear the thought of digging through a recycling bin, stop by your local convenience store or corner market and ask if they have any empty boxes from recent deliveries.

Grocery stores are also a great place to find empty boxes. And with the bulk deliveries they receive, you have a better chance of finding larger boxes than you might find from a small convenience store.


3. Your Office Could Have Moving Boxes that are in Good Condition

Is there a nonstop flow of packages coming in and out of your office? If you’re the recipient of those packages, break them down and carry them home with you rather than throwing them away.

If your department doesn’t receive a lot of packages, ask your mailroom or your supervisor if they have any extra packages you can use. Just make sure you ask, so you’re not accused of stealing company property (even if it’s considered trash).


4. Craigslist

You can find anything on Craigslist, including boxes. Check the “for sale” category for free items, and you might be surprised at how many empty boxes you can find. You might even be able to find a few other things that you can use for your new apartment while you’re there.


5. U-Haul Box Exchange

U-Haul has created a convenient message board that allows people to exchange boxes and reduce waste. They make it easy to connect with other customers who want to sell or give away boxes and other moving supplies.

Typically, these boxes are only used for moving and tend to be rather clean. It’s a great way to find moving boxes that you won’t be afraid to pack your gear into and move into your new home.


6. Liquor Stores

Liquor stores are plentiful in almost any city in North America. Stop by any liquor store, and you’ll find that they’re nearly always willing to unload some boxes on anyone willing to ask.

Visit your local liquor store and ask if you can pick up some of their spare cardboard boxes.


7. Find Moving Boxes at Schools

Schools can also be a great place to find empty storage boxes, but this option usually only works if you have a child enrolled in school.

You certainly don’t put yourself on a government watch list by contacting a school that you have no affiliation with. If you have a child in school, send an email to the administrative staff. If they have empty boxes on hand or receive frequent deliveries, they’re likely to help.


Bonus: Large Discount Stores + Home Improvement Stores

They call them big box stores for a reason. The following large discount stores and home improvement stores will regularly give out free moving boxes to those who ask:

  • Walmart
  • Costco
  • Sam’s Club
  • Home Depot
  • Office Depot

Other Options for Finding Free Moving Boxes

Do you have a retail store that you frequent often? Do you have a friend or a neighbor that works in a bar or restaurant? Reach out to the people you know and the businesses you regularly visit to find empty moving boxes.

Every business receives deliveries of some sort. If you put the word out there in advance of your move, you have a good chance of collecting some extra storage boxes before you even need them. The trick is to not wait until the last minute. If a move is imminent, start gathering boxes as soon as you decide to move.


Moving can be a fantastic experience, but physically moving out can be a nightmare. When it comes time to pack and move, you’ll have plenty of challenges to contend with, but finding moving boxes shouldn’t be one of them.

Check recycling bins and you’re sure to find plenty of Amazon boxes. Ask local convenience stores, grocery stores, and liquor stores if they have empty boxes from deliveries. Check your office, look for free boxes on Craigslist, and consult the U-Haul message boards for free moving and packing supplies.

If you have a child enrolled in school, ask your administrators if they can help. If you have a retail store, bar, or restaurant that you frequent often, ask your contacts if they can help you out. With a little ingenuity and some polite asking, finding empty boxes should be a breeze.

If you have a child enrolled in school, ask your administrators if they can help. If you have a retail store, bar, or restaurant that you frequent often, ask your contacts if they can help you out. With a little ingenuity and some polite asking, finding empty boxes should be a breeze.

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