Congratulations, You’re done moving and you’re ready to settle in to your new place. If this isn’t your first time moving, then you know that it is really easy to waste a lot of money during this part of the moving process. A lot of people who plan their move forget to plan for the unpacking process, leaving the opportunity to spend more than they need. Now it’s time to think what things you can do to avoid spending wads of cash as you are placing the final touches on your new home or dwelling.
1. Talk to your utility and cable or phone companies. With the rampant competition, you can get some raging deals on cable, television, phone and cable. Make sure to call several before signing; use what Company A tells you to wrangle a better deal with Company B. You can often save by bundling items together, too, and getting phone, cable, and internet from a single provider.
2. Do some coupon hunting. Chances are you will not want to be doing any big grocery shopping for the first couple days while you get settled. Having coupons for local restaurants or take out places can enable you to order food without taking a huge chunk out of your monthly budget. You can find coupons and flyers in newspapers, packages that come in the mail, or online. You also may be entitled to a special discount package as a newcomer. Ask your realtor or rental agent for information. You also may want to purchase a coupon book, such as an Entertainment book, for your new home; these coupon books go on sale halfway through the year and come with great discounts on everything from dry cleaning to groceries.
3. Throw a house warming potluck for family and friends. Not only will this let people see your new digs, it’ll also (hopefully) give you a few nights of leftovers!
4. Call around to check into changing your car insurance rate. There can be a huge range in monthly premiums, depending on where you live and how many miles you’ll be driving. If you’re closer to the office or in a smaller town, you might be able to score a much lower rate, saving you several hundred dollars a year.
5. Get to know your neighbors. Ask them about the best places to get affordable haircuts, dry cleaning, baked goods; whatever you would like to know. There’s usually one “expensive” grocery store and the other one where “normal” people shop; find that out before you get hit up at the checkout counter!
I really hope that you enjoyed this series. It was my goal to help people move while making the lowest negative impact on your finances as possible. You may have been unsuccessful in your efforts to make a cheap move in the past, however, this series should have at least given you a couple of ideas to help in the future… at least that was the original plan. Please take a moment to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn or Pinterest via the social media bar that has been following you all the way down this page to the right of this post. I would love to hear your comments on this series and this post below. Thanks for your precious time as I know it seems to be the most valuable thing we have.
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