(Closed) Freaking out about the cost of moving

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 4
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We both lived on our own before moving in together, so we didn’t have quite as much that we needed.  Although it was super expensive when we moved in together, and we still haven’t paid off the credit card from that!!!  But when I first moved on my own, I was in the same position.  You should just make a list of everything you need and then try to put it in order of priority.  When I first moved by myself, I just got a cheap mattress and put it on the floor.  It was fine!  And then I got a “kitchen starter kit” (try googling it, I think I got it at Kmart), which was basically everything you need for your kitchen.  The stuff was so cheap and didn’t last long, but it got me through that first year just fine.  The pans were terrible though!!!


Post # 5
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@ForeverBirds:  I completely understand what you are going through. I moved out on my own last year and it is insane how much stuff costs. I started working my old part time job again on top of my full time and saved every penny I could.

I bought stuff as I found it on sale. I got a couch from someone who was replacing their old furniture. I used a family members old bed frame. I have really crappy pots and pans. I have towels from went I went away to college 6 years ago. My SO bought my TV as my birthday present. Ask for “house stuff” for holiday and birthday gifts.

Could you maybe find a job on campus or within walking distance of your campus that would work around your class scheduled? If you can, save EVERYTHING you make from that job.

It is difficult, but it is doable. Good luck!

Post # 6
2685 posts
Sugar bee

Agree with the PP that you need to write down everything you need and prioritize it.  IMO kitchen items should be top priority because they enable you to cook at home, which saves you more money for lower priority purchases.  Wal Mart and K Mart sell a lot of the basics for pretty cheap.  If you have a Homegoods in your area, that can be a great resource for cheap kitchenware too (and the quality is better than Wal Mart).

You will want cleaning items as a top priority too (mop, bucket, broom, perhaps a vacuum if you can swing it).  And always have a plunger in the apartment.  Trust me, it’s that one item that people don’t think they need until there’s a crisis.

Furniture is nice to have, but you can get away with a few key items to start with, like a small table, 2 chairs and a mattress.  My old roommate and I seriously spent over 1 year using a $20 folding card table as our dining table.  Not ideal, but it works.  Check Craigslist and used furniture stores for deals.

Post # 7
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Have you thought about checking out thrift store for some of the kitchen essentials? You can get staples like flatware, plates, cups, pot/pans, etc super cheap.  They are all easily sanitized and would be a great way to save money upfront.  You can always replace for nicer items later.

Post # 8
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ForeverBirds:  You will be fine.  Try to remember that each of us have been where you are right now.  It is a huge step to get out on your own!!  I too started with nothing.  But it was okay, you have to start somewhere.  When I first moved out, I had NOTHING but my clothes.  And I moved ACROSS THE COUNTRY!!  


Go to garage sales, thrift stores, take the stuff that friends and family no longer want.  This is the start to your new home.  There is no shame in that, and work your way into the finer things.  


I am 43 and just moved myself, but I moved out of a 3 bedroom rental into a 35 foot 5th wheel.  I hate moving for the opposite reason, I HAVE SO MUCH STUFF THAT IS A HUGE PAIN TO MOVE!!  Now I hate not having the space I am used to, but I have set a goal to save money to purchase my first new home.  We are all at different levels in the game, my home owership is coming much later that WHAT I WANTED.


My point is this, make a plan, set a goal and run with it!!  You are young and you have your whole life waiting for you!!  It is normal to be scared, and it is okay to have nothing.  This stuff will all come with your dedication, and growth.  Someday, you will look back and long for the days of not having to be bogged down with so much stuff!!


Good luck!!  I am excited for you!!


Post # 9
182 posts
Blushing bee

Fiance and I just bought our first house, as in we close tomorrow and move this week. We’re going from a VERY small one bedroom to a MUCH bigger house and we literally have next to nothing. Thankfully, Fiance put several thousand in savings just to help us get furniture and such, so that was a huge help, but I’ve been freaked out because (A) it’s alot of money for furniture and decor and things to make a house a home and (B) it’s overwhelming to think about going from nothing to having things. When I first moved out of my parents house in 05 for college I had next to nothing, but you’ll find piece by piece you’ll acquire things. That safety net may not be there, but it’s a great feeling once you get on your own, your home may be sparse for a while but eventually it’ll feel like your home. It takes time, you’ll live in chaos for a while and it may suck, but you’ll get there. Everyone goes through that stage in their life where you’re used to having everything from “HOME” and you go to being on your own. Be patient. Don’t let it consume you. It takes a while to get everything you need. It takes a while for your apartment or house or whatever to feel like home. And trust me when I say it, for a while nothing will feel quite like home like your parents. You’ll go home and sit back and sigh and think “this feels more like home than our home” but eventually it won’t feel that way. You’ll get there. Don’t let it stress you out, instead just be excited for the future and know it won’t all come at once and you’re certainly not alone. It’s a stage of being a freak of nature when you first get out on your own, but it happens to us all. 

Post # 10
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

You’ve got a whole year! Don’t worry! I would start watching yard sales and Craigslist now. A lot of times you can get old stuff for free. You can start stock piling little things you may need as you find good deals. Buying early means you will have time to shop and pay less in the end. 

Post # 11
13012 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s so hard – we’re moving into a bigger place with just the stuff from our apartment now, and honestly, I’m terrified, after we pay closing costs and the down payment and everything the money is going to be tighter.

Prioritize and pick what you have to do first, and build slowly. It will all work out!  

Post # 12
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Maybe I missed this, is there a reason you don’t get a part time job so you will have a little extra income and put some money away before you move out. A lot of campuses have part time jobs that are flexible with students’ schedules.

Post # 13
1815 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Furniture? Craigslist “free” section x1000! (or filter “for sale” by $20)
Kitchen utensils? Hint to family that you would like Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards for Christmas. Don’t buy things like cheese graters that hardly anyone ever uses, buy only the can openers and silverwear types of necessities. Thift stores and Goodwill are also extremely cheap places to get kitchen goods for like 25 cents.
Extremely tight budget going into the move? Don’t order cable TV. Get Netflix instead, it’ll save you like $50/month at least. Don’t spend the $50 on stupid stuff like dining out, spend it specifically on home needs.

Just some off-the-top-of-my-head suggestions. I was honestly thinking the thread title was referring to the price of hiring movers. I just got a quote of $1,500 yesterday and I want to cry!! This is for only a 10×15 storage unit and a 1-bedroom apartment.

Post # 14
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You will be very surprised at the kind of stuff that comes out of the woodwork when you move. When I moved into my first apartment (during college) out of the dorms, my parents just showed up with like pans they wanted to get rid of, an old futon, plates etc. Also, if any of your friends are getting married they are probably happy to get rid of stuff that is being replaced by registry items. Just let people know you are looking, and start a pile in the corner of your garage. 

Post # 15
4702 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ieatunicorns:  I’m wondering this too. I worked all throughout University (part-time during school time, and full-time during the summer). My employers were always accomodating with my needs in respect to studying and exams.

Post # 16
8694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ForeverBirds:  look on craigslist for moving sales and the like. check out yard sales.

when my father and grandmother passed away, we cleaned out their houses and practically gave EVERYTHING away.



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