11 Places to Find Free Boxes

Moving is expensive so finding things for free is a great benefit. Boxes for instance are easy to find if you look in the right place. Not only will it save you money but you will also be helping the environment by reusing boxes. Here’s several places to find free moving boxes that will save on the budget.

1. Work

Office

Businesses order supplies and products all the time that often comes in boxes such as printing paper, books, office supplies, equipment and more. What a convenient place to get boxes when they are right in your own building. Ask your boss or fellow worker if you can snag the free boxes that would otherwise go to recycling or the trash.

2. Retailers

 Grocery Store Aisle

Shipments to retailers such as a grocery store or retailer happen every week and sometimes twice a week. From small to oversized boxes, you can find just about any size you need. Starting with a big retailer, you are most likely to find a wide variety of box sizes. It’s best to call or visit with the manager to find out when boxes may be available for pick up. They might save boxes for you or you’ll need to come on a certain day of the week to pick them up, just before they get recycled or dumped in the trash..

3. Liquor Stores

Liquor Store

Liquor boxes are extremely durable and often come with dividers. If you can catch the manager in time, you are likely to get several good boxes to use before they break them down or cut the tops off for larger purchases. Keep in mind that these boxes are typically small so they would be best for small items and clothes rather than some of your larger belongings.

4. Craigslist

Fence Free Sign

People often post free boxes on Craigslist as a quick way to recycle boxes rather than tossing them out. If you keep your eye out for postings near the end of the weekend or the beginning of the week, you might score!

5. Facebook Marketplace and Groups

Facebook Repetition

Similar to Craigslist, you are likely to find a few postings for free boxes. Simply do a search for boxes or moving boxes and see what comes up!

6. Social Networking

keyboard social media

If you don’t ask, you won’t know. Social networking is a great source to ask your friends, family, and acquaintances for boxes lying around their home or office. Update your status with a comment and even post a picture of boxes to catch people’s eye. Someone is bound to have a few boxes to pass along.

7. Realtors

realtor with moving truck background

Your local realtors work with clients all the time who are moving and they are likely to know if and when boxes might be available. Send a message or pick up the phone to make a request. Their next happy client that is moving into a new home might just pass along their boxes to you.

8. New Neighbor

Hand Shake

Did you just see someone just move in the neighborhood? Keep an eye out for boxes being set out for the trash, or if you feel comfortable, ask if you can take their boxes off their hands. They’d probably appreciate getting rid of them so quickly so they don’t have to hang onto them for a while.

9. Apartment Complex

Apartment Exterior

People are constantly moving in and out of apartments so apartment complexes are a good resource for free boxes. First check with the office and speak to a manager who can direct you to boxes available. Sometimes they’ll have some in a special location or they’ll suggest where you can go fetch them.

10. Local Schools and Colleges

Johns Hopkins University

Just like businesses, schools place orders for supplies too. Most school reuse boxes they receive to save on costs, but not all of them. It might be worth calling a school to see if there are any for the taking. 

11. U-HAUL Customer Connect

U-HAUL created a unique service that allows customers to connect and search for used boxes. Some boxes are for free while others are for sale, seller’s choice. Go to www.uhaul.com/exchange and enter your zip code or city into the search box or click on view posts by location and you’ll see a list of boxes available.


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