I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while now, but keep forgetting. After we moved, we had a ton of boxes sitting in our garage. We had wrangled them up from all over the place in the months preceeding our move: my parents saved medical supply boxes for us, a friend who moved just before we did saved some boxes for us, and we scrounged more from a local grocery store that doesn’t crush all their boxes right away. Some of the boxes my friend saved for us were Home Depot moving boxes, including a wardrobe box with a hanging rail in it. I didn’t want them sitting in our garage, but I knew we could do better than just recycle them.
I put an ad on Craigs List offering the boxes free to the first person who could come pick them up. I posted the ad late in the evening, and had 12 responses by the next morning. The guy who came and got them was thrilled to have them, as his family was moving across the country. When I posted the ad initially, I thought it might be ridiculous and that nobody would reply. But I was amazed by how many people wanted our boxes. So if you’ve got a stash of boxes sitting around, it’s worth offering them as a freebie on Craigs List or Freecycle or some place like that. Easier than breaking them all down to take to the recycle center, and reusing is better than recycling anyway.
With all the craziness of moving (have I mentioned that we’re never doing that again?) I haven’t posted a Frugal Blog Network Round Up in a very long time. Here are some great articles from my fellow FNB writers:
Kelly at Almost Frugal writes about going to the doctor in France. Highly worth reading, as it’s an objective factual perspective, rather than something filtered through various media outlets with various agendas.
Frugal Zeitgeist has a post about voluntary simplicity, with a link to another great site that will inspire you to think about what really matters.
Not Made Of Money has some ideas to get you started on the debt reduction path.
The Frugal Duchess has some tips for saving money when you’re moving. Definitely some good ideas here, especially if you’re moving a long distance.
Andy at Tight Fisted Miser has kept his housing expense at about $400/month for several years. Pretty impressive.
Hope you’re all having a good weekend!