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  • Writer's pictureBrett Hodgdon, PE

Here's How to Get Moving Boxes for Free

Moving is stressful. It can be expensive, and there's one thing you should never pay for when moving: cardboard boxes.

They are more expensive when bought brand new, and cardboard boxes can often be found free of charge! Here are some tips from Bob Vila:

Grocery Stores

Start at your local grocery store. Many stores compact their boxes, so you may even be taking some workload off their shoulders. Just be sure to call ahead to see if you can drop by to see what day works best before they are compacted.

Big Box Stores

Area Walmarts, Targets or Sam's Clubs may have large, heavy-duty boxes from shipping that could help contain your valuable belongings. Give them a call to see if they have any they are willing to part with.

Other Stores

Don't forget about office supply stores, dollar stores, home improvement stores, and others who may receive frequent shipments. They could receive dozens - if not more - of these per day, so it doesn't hurt to ask!


While restaurants may not have the strongest boxes, they may go through them often for smaller goods. Reach out to them outside of peak rush hours to see if they may have any available.

Friends & Family

Do you have any friends or family who also just went through a big move? If so, they may be looking to unload their stash of cardboard boxes they gathered for their move!


Craigslist, Nextdoor and other online neighborhood forums sometimes have postings from neighbors who have extra boxes. Bonus: They might be right near you anyway!

What other suggestions would you add? Comment below!

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