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Where to buy cheap moving boxes

October 21st, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Look for quality and affordability

If you’re in the process of moving, you may have figured out that costs have a tendency to add up quickly — especially if it’s a long distance move where you have both a move and travel to budget for. It can be tempting to cut corners to reduce costs, and that’s perfectly fine (and encouraged) in most cases. But, when it comes to the boxes and supplies you use to protect and pack your belongings, we always recommend going with quality. Sturdy boxes that are made for moving are essential for protecting your belongings in transit — and you can buy them affordably.

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Things to keep in mind on your search for discount moving boxes:

  • Boxes that are the same size and shape are easier to stack high-and-tight, which makes them easier to secure. All of this works together to help ensure your belongings stay put while the moving truck is traveling across the country. And if saving money is your goal, loading efficiently can go a long way — especially if you’re doing a “you pack, we drive” move where how much space you use matters.
     
  • With new boxes you don’t have to worry about the things that can come with used boxes — specifically pesky bugs. If you’re thinking of going with used boxes, make sure to inspect them thoroughly to avoid an infestation.
     
  • When boxes are used and broken down over and over, they can begin to lose their structural integrity. Again, if you’re considering buying cheap used boxes for your move, inspect them to make sure they’re still in good shape and sturdy. It’s very important in the long run.
     
  • Using plastic totes instead of boxes isn’t a good alternative. In short, they can’t be stacked edge-to-edge, and this makes it them more vulnerable to caving, causing damage to the items inside. Read in more detail about why moving boxes are better than totes.
     
  • Yes, the thought of free boxes is intriguing. But, if we had to recommend against using just one type of box, it would be grocery store boxes every single time. They’re just not structurally sound enough to move the household goods you’re trying to protect. If you think about the things shipped to a grocery store (like paper goods, canned goods, boxed foods, cleaning supplies and produce), very few are as precious as the items in your house. The boxes normally start out thin, then are handled multiple times before they’re broken down and stacked outside or thrown into a recycle bin. As you can guess, this causes a box that already isn’t intended to protect household goods to become even less sturdy. So, when other boxes are stacked on top of them in the moving truck, they’re more easily crushed. And that’s not all … the chance of bugs and other vermin is much higher with grocery store boxes — especially if they were used or stored near boxes used to ship produce.

Save money at the U-Pack Box Store

The U-Pack Box Store is a great place to look for cheap moving boxes and supplies. You’ll find discounted rates on several essential items, and you always get them shipped for FREE, right to your door. Easy and cheap is a great combination!

The one-stop-shop for affordable boxes and moving supplies

U-Pack prices each item in the box store competitively, and you’ll often find temporary price-cuts on many items. However, while you may find cheap prices, the quality is exactly what you’re looking for. They’re made of durable, corrugated cardboard, ideal for protecting household goods. You have several options to choose from, including kits for almost any size home; bundles of small, medium, large and extra-large boxes; specialty boxes for things like flat-screen televisions, lamps, large mirrors and files; and packing supplies like packing paper, bubble wrap, stretch wrap and furniture covers.   

To order, simply select the boxes and supplies you need, add them to your cart and check out. If you place your order by 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, it ships the same day. Then, if for any reason you’re not happy with your purchase, you can return the order for a refund (read more about the return policy).

You don’t have to be a U-Pack customer to take advantage of the great prices. But, customers with a U-Pack reservation get a perk. After you reserve your move with U-Pack, we’ll email a special offer to use on your order — keep an eye out!

Questions?

We’re happy to help you find the right moving boxes and supplies and lower the cost of your move. Leave a comment, or call us at 800-413-4799.

More information on cheap boxes and supplies and other moving resources:

Moving Box Estimator

Choosing the right moving boxes for your move

Helpful packing tips

Tips for loading a moving truck

Moving blankets