(Closed) Freaking out about the cost of moving

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 17
7367 posts
Busy Beekeeper

When I moved out I didn’t even have a bed, table or even a chair. I slept in a sleeping bag and that first few weeks and it was fine. I don’t even think I had a TV. However, the accomplishment of sleeping in my own home, was the best feeling ever! Because it was all mine. 

You build a little at time. I had basic kitchenware, because I started buying things on sale, before I moved out. The 99cent store was a God send. Some plate set here, a set of cups there. After I moved in my first priorities was a bed and table, then I got a bookcase. And in a matter of months, I had a fully furnished studio. Initially, all you need is bedding, plates, cups, utencils, a pot and frying pan, a tea kettle and broom/mop. Oh and some laundry detegent and cleaning supplies. Everything else you can manage to do without. 

Also try http://www.freecycle.org you can find a ton of stuff that people are giving away in your area.  



Post # 21
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Freecycle and the craigs list free section are awesome! I got an almost new blender for free, an amazing retro sideboard, candle holders, laundry baskets, and fertilizer for our lawn. I’m on the hunt for a dresser right now.

Between those and thrift stores, you should be able to find everything you need. Buying used saves so much! Me, I love retro furnishings so it’s fun for me!!

Post # 22
1811 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You’ll be okay!  It will probably be hard for a little while, but you’ll be fine.  Oh, and like everyone said Freecycle and Craigslist are the places to be when you need free household good fast!

Post # 23
10635 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

You know the type of things to ask for birthday and Christmas gifts!

It’s not too bad, and things are cheaper now then when I moved out.  Dollar stores never had the decent kitchen stuff that they have now.  Places like Walmart and BB&B have dorm & move out kits – I’ve only seen those in the last 3 years or so.  When it comes to furniture, there’s usually some relative who has stuff sitting in their basement they will give to you.  If not, some basics from IKEA aren’t too expensive.

The stuff you get now doesn’t have to last you 20 years.  I’ve slowly upgraded some stuff over time and got quite a bit of quality stuff as wedding gifts.  Now it’s time to start thinking about upgrading the furniture – that’s going to be the expensive part!

Post # 24
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@ForeverBirds:  Dollar store for all those little things and goodwill for furniture

Post # 25
1461 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@ForeverBirds:  You can do it! Besides Craigslist, check local apartments in your area, people will usually give away things like pots and pans.  Also check out your Goodwill, there’s lots of basic living stuff to be had for super cheap. Lastly, Target is great for helping to furnish as well. 

Post # 26
2529 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Honestly, if I could go back and do it again? I would have set up a tent and an air mattress, and we would have slept in that for a while. First off because that’s so fun (what a great story!), and second because we spent a LOT of money on furniture and rugs!

We pretty much only had a bed and a bookshelf when we moved in. Actually, we also took FI’s childhood dressers and nightstands with us, which were free (they are nice looking).

Kitchen stuff, go to a thrift store or garage sales. You have better haggling power at garage sales, so you may be able to buy a huge batch of utensils for like $10. Rust is a no-no, but some dirt can be removed with a little ingenuity.

Ask your families and friends if they have anything they want to get rid of – towels, utensils, drinking glasses, kitchen supplies, pots and pans, furniture, rugs, etc.

Craigslist, but check everything thouroughly when you go to pick it up, and try not to buy couches, beds, or any upholstered items from there. Craigslist is also a good place to find garage sales in the area – much easier to buy furniture and things that way.

Check your lease and see if you’re required to put down area rugs. We were, and it cost us hundreds of dollars (at IKEA!). That is something you would need to save up for or try and ask around for.

We don’t have cable or phone, just internet. We also meal plan for dinners and lunches (well, we’re getting the hang of it) – it saves us a lot of time and money at the grocery store. Oh! Start stocking up on some spices now – I’d suggest splurging on one of those $30 pre-filled spice racks from BB&B… some of them offer free refills for life!

Other than that, if you have to move it’s really not a terrible thing to move in with only a few items – it will make a good story, and plenty of people do it an it turns out just fine.

Post # 27
10360 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

SUmmer is a time when tons of people move and try to offload stuff cheaply or for free through craigslist and garage sales! IKEA is also a great resource for cheap dishes/silverware/pots/pans etc that last. Keep your eyes peeled and you can score some cheap deals!

Post # 29
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It is definitely overhwelming, but many have gone before and come out on top, as will you :).

Post # 30
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@CakeyP:  Oh yeah, skip the upholtstered items completely!!! I only get stuff with hard surfaces I can disinfect.

Post # 31
674 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@ForeverBirds:  You don’t have to buy everything new, especially with it being your first place. I have donated and purchased plenty of good things to/from thrift stores. Also be on the lookout for clearance and overstock items. 

Just remember, this will be a short phase in your life and its not forever. You can make it through; plenty of people go through similar situations.

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