Moving, even with the best of intentions and the proper preparation, is an expensive process. It’s a stressful process and, if you play your cards right, you can turn it into a learning experience for your kids. As a parent you already know that everything you do sets an example for your children. So why not take this opportunity and teach your kids how to be financially responsible when moving from one location to another?
You can start by showing them how to cut basic expenses, like moving your things yourself instead of hiring movers. Hiring movers is a luxury that many people wish they could afford but by moving things yourself you reduce your moving costs considerably. There are lots of affordable moving truck rental companies out there like U-Haul and Budget.
You can reduce these costs even further by using coupons and promo codes on your Budget Truck Rental. Have your kids sit with you as you research moving truck rental prices. Show them how to do things like look up a Budget Truck Rental promo to help you save as much money as possible.
Spring for the plastic storage boxes when you pack instead of buying moving boxes. This might feel counter-intuitive since you’re trying to teach your kids to be as budget conscious as possible when moving, but think about it. The plastic and rubber storage containers can be used over and over again, which is helpful if you move a lot. They can be stacked up inside each other so they won’t take up tons of space after you unpack them. You can also use them to keep things stored safely while you aren’t using them which, if you have to rent a storage unit, can give you real peace of mind.
Help your kids learn to sort through their belongings and get rid of the things they don’t use and that don’t have sentimental value. This is often hard for very young kids, but your older kids will understand where you’re coming from. Show them how paring down helps to reduce the amount of packing they actually have to do.
Ask your kids to help you organize the things you decide to get rid of to be sold in a yard sale. A great incentive here is allowing your kids to keep the money their former possessions bring in. Whatever doesn’t sell can be donated—let your kids choose where their things should be donated (children’s wings at hospitals, youth shelters, etc). Seeing their former possessions going to places that appreciate and will use them well can ease the sting of having to get rid of it in the first place.
There are lots of things that you can do to help your kids both learn to be good movers and learn to move as affordably as possible. Your kids might even have ideas of their own!