Where to Get Free Moving Boxes

The new school year will be upon us soon and one of the most commonly asked questions we get from students is where to get moving boxes for free. We’ve put together a great list of a few of the best places to look. In our experience most store managers are perfectly willing to set aside a few boxes, if you ask politely enough. In most cases a friendly phone call will do the trick.We recommend that you check your boxes thoroughly for bugs and to make sure that they’re clean. Here’s some of the best resources we’ve noted over the years:

moving boxesCraigslist.org – A quick search in the free section (found underneath the “for sale” heading) will usually offer up a decent list of sources for free boxes.

Freecycle.org – We love this site! You’ll be impressed by what you can find here. We reccomend checking frequently for people listing boxes.

uhaul.com/Exchange/ – U-haul has created a message board allowing you to search by location for free boxes in your area!

Liquor stores – Try and ask for boxes with lids. Boxes from a liquor store tend to be small and sturdy, which is great for smaller,  heavier items.

Bookstores – A perfect place to pick up boxes specifically for moving books.

Grocery Stores – Ask them to save their apple boxes for you to pickup. These freebies are perfect for moving fragile items.

McDonald’s Fry Boxes – These boxes are strong and excellent for hauling heavy items that require a smaller sized box. Because the original contents of the box are frozen, you won’t have to worry about the boxes being smelly (or greasy). McDonald’s fry boxes also have a Facebook page, pointing out alternative uses: http://www.facebook.com/groups/67955942657/

Starbucks – Starbucks boxes range in size, we recommend asking them to hold their larger sized containers for storing your lighter, bulkier items.

Dollar Stores – They usually have a never ending stream of boxes of every size and shape.

Fed/Ex & Kinkos – Boxes used to ship reams of paper are usually strong, come with a lid, and are great for stacking.

Empty cardboard boxes, whether they were used to move personal belongings or to deliver office supplies and furniture, are among the easiest items to recycle. You can toss them into the recycle dumpsters or you can retrofit them into many practical and creative items for the home. We also recommend listing your no longer needed boxes on sites like “Freecycle.org” and “uHaul.com/Exchange/”. Remember, you are doing the environment a favor by recycling…

Ted Rollins

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Ted Rollins is the Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Campus Crest. He co-founded Campus Crest in 2004 and established it as a leading developer, builder, owner and manager of high-quality, purpose-built student housing properties located in targeted U.S. markets.

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