- March 22, 2007 at 5:29 pm #239405LissKeymaster
Re: Moving out of state- Any suggestions????
Wow, that’s a long move! And with 4 little ones!
I can’t give you much help in keeping the actual moving costs down, but
I can give you some travel tips for keeping the trip down cheaper.
1. Pack a cooler with milk, juice, ice, fruit, and lunch meat.
2. Pack plastic bowls & spoons (not plasti-wear, but the durable
plastic dishes you can find cheap at the dollar store), cereal, bread,
Get each child a few small “busy” items at the dollar store- crayons
& coloring books, books, cars, etc. Give them out one at a time alone
the way when the kids start complaining that they’re bored.
4. Map out parks in the further south region where the weather will be
much nicer, and plan to stop as often as possible for the kids to get
out and stretch thier legs.
Make sure they eat some fruit on the way, the higher the water
content, the better (think watermelon, grapes, apples), because they
count for both liquid & food content, so your child won’t get thirsty
You might also want to compare the price of hauling larger items down
with the price of replacing the items at thrift stores later one. I had
a friend who moved his girlfriend and her 2 kids from Washington state
to Mass several years ago, and she insisted on bringing all of her
furniture, most of which was from good will and not worth it, and half
of the stuff she got rid of at a yard sale 2 weeks after she moved it
there. The woman was a real peice of work to begin with, but he paid
almost $5,000 to move her furniture from one place to the next, only to
have her sell most of it for about $100 later.
If the cost of moving it is going to be high, then sell it and use the
money you made and the money you’ll save to replace it when you get
there. The less you have to haul down, the cheaper it will be. You
won’t need to use as much gas, either.
The heavier the load, the more
gas you use.
With a move like that, you want to think minimalist. Move only what you
absolutely have to, and sell off the rest. You’ll make money for the
move, and for replacing what needs to be.
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