5 Ways to Keep from Over Spending During a Move-Tuesday’s Tip

This seems to be the time of year that people start to pack their bags and move.  Or maybe it’s just us, we have moved 14 times in our 21 years of marriage.  People ask if we are military, I just tell them we are running from the law.

Seriously we have had a series of unfortunate moves.  Things like changing locations because of jobs, moving because we had a landlord go bankrupt, moving because our condo was being sold, and on and on.  It was nice when we could finally afford our own home and stop moving…well even them we kept moving.

Moving becomes so expensive.  It not only costs to actually make the move, but hook up fees and moving trucks, all the way down to furniture that no longer works.  Let’s think smart about this.

1. Move as little as possible – This cuts down on the cost of possible truck size or mulitple trips if it’s an in town move.  Plus, moving things you no longer need is just tough on the body.  With the stuff you choose to get rid of you can sell, adding that money to your moving expenses.

2. If it’s a necessity, take it –  I know when we move to a new place we really want some things to be new.  Unfortunately those little things all start to add up and the expenses become outrageous.  So be selective, if you need it, keep it, even if it’s ugly.

3. Make what you have work – I know in our bathroom right now we have a cabinet that fits the space perfectly.  To try and put it into another bathroom would probably be impossible, but you need to think outside the box.  Just because it was in our bathroom last time, doesn’t mean it can’t go in the living room this time.  Try and make it work.

4. Get Yourself Organized – Put things together and in place and then evaluate what new things you might need.

5. Don’t feel Like You Need to Have Your House Together Right Away – My house has always been a never ending project.  I do as much as I can at the time to get it functional, but then spend the next few years, yes years, trying to get it just the way I want it.  That includes paint colors, furniture placement, and the right bar stools.  If you do it all right away it will cost a fortune and you may choose too hastily and end up changing your mind about placement, thus costing you more later.



  1. Great tips!

  2. WOW!!! I am in awe of you! I have a friend who moves almost as much as you;) We moved 2 times in almost 13 years and it was a move in transition. We moved to my parents house while we worked on our current home.

    I don’t ever want to do it again!!! It’s stressful! But, these are great tips if I HAVE to move someday again;) Thanks!

  3. Well Lori we have always joked that if your marriage can survive a move you can survive anything. I think we are going to make it. 🙂