If you’re moving, chances are that you’re going to need some boxes. But did you know that there are many places where you can find free boxes? Here are our top tips:

Check with local stores

  • Ask your local grocery store and other retailers
  • If you have a favorite grocer or pharmacy, don’t be afraid to ask if they could put aside some boxes for you. If you’re moving locally, there’s a good chance they’d be able (and willing) to help out. Some stores may even be willing to reserve boxes for customers who haven’t paid in advance—but again, it’s best not to count on this option!

Ask friends and family

When it comes to moving, packing and getting the job done, there are a lot of moving boxes that you can use. But if you’re like me, you probably don’t want to tell your friends and family about your move for fear that they’ll come over and pack up all your stuff for you! That’s where asking them for their old boxes comes in handy.

And there are so many ways to do this—don’t worry! First off, ask them if they have any empty cardboard boxes that they could save just in case something should happen where they might need one (like an unexpected move) or maybe even donate them to charity if they don’t think they’ll be able to find any use out of them again (since most charities will accept cardboard). If none of those work then simply ask if they would mind giving those same old empty cardboard boxes away instead of throwing them away because after all: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”

Save them from the trash

You can also ask your trash collectors if they can save your boxes. They will most likely be able to use them as well, since they’re already paid by the city to pick up trash. The same goes for asking your neighbors, friends and family members if they have any cardboard boxes you can use.

Visit recycling depots

Another option is to visit your local recycling depot. Here, you can get boxes for free or a small fee.

This approach can be useful for students and businesses alike. If you are a student, talk to your university about whether they have any boxes left over from previous moves. You may also ask if they know of any other places where you might be able to pick up some packing materials as well – knowing that there are plenty of people moving around campus every year means that there will almost always be loads of empty boxes lying around!

If you’re working at a company that has just moved into new offices, it might also be worth asking the receptionist if there are any spare ones lying around that could be used for your own move (and yes – this actually happened).

Check your workplace

You should also check with your workplace to see if there are any empty boxes or ones that are being thrown out. If you’re really lucky, they may give them to you!

  • Your company’s HR department might have some boxes that they can get rid of. If so, ask them if they don’t mind giving some away for free (or at least at cost).
  • In addition to asking the HR department about their extra boxes, also ask around among coworkers and even managers themselves—they might have some lying around in their offices as well!

There are many places to find free boxes for your move.

There are many places to find free boxes for your move. These include:

  • The post office. They often have boxes that they no longer want or need, but are still in good condition. If you call ahead and ask them, they’ll be happy to save you some time by giving you a list of which ones are still available for pickup.
  • Your local grocery store. Many grocery stores will offer their loose cardboard or paperboard containers that were used to package items such as produce or frozen foods (but not meat). You can also ask them if they have any damaged ones that they would rather just throw away than keep around the store! Just make sure the box is clean and doesn’t smell foul before loading it up with your belongings!
  • A moving company near you might be able to give some away too — especially if there aren’t enough already on site during your move-in day at home.”


Hopefully, this article has given you some ideas on how to find free boxes for your move. If you still need more, don’t be afraid to ask around and keep trying different methods until you find one that works best for your situation. There are lots of places where people throw away good boxes without even realizing their potential as moving supplies!


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