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Moving to a new town represents a significant change in your life, but imagine how much of a difference it is when you’re moving all the way across the country.

While there’s often a certain excitement that comes with making such a drastic move, there’s also plenty of stress that goes along with it too, and part of that stress comes with the anxiety over how much it’s going to cost & choosing the right long distance movers.

While moving you and your family across the country will tax your nerves, there are things you can do to alleviate some of the stress and the anxiety over money.

In this article, we’re going to look at several ways in which you can save money while moving across the country.

Take Food With You

Depending on where, exactly, you’re moving to, you’re likely going to be spending a lot of time on the road, and for most people, it’s easy to stop in and grab lunch or dinner at a restaurant or fast food joint.

But, you can save a good chunk of change if you pack a cooler full of sandwiches and snacks while only stopping to load up at grocery stores for ice, lunch meat, and snacks. Skip the restaurants and save some cash.

Get Rid of Unneeded Stuff Before You Move

Most people have homes full of things they no longer use, want, or need, but when it comes time to move, they pack them up anyway. Packing and moving unwanted items costs you more money in packing materials and moving costs when it comes to renting a bigger truck.

A month or so before you move, try going through your house room by room and getting rid of all the things you no longer want. You don’t have to do this all at once; take your time and assess everything to see what can be sold, what can be donated, and what can be thrown away. Doing this will save you time when it comes time to pack, and money when it’s time to move.

Scrutinize Your Moving Company

If you’re moving across the country, then you’ll likely have to hire a moving company, so when you’re ready to choose a mover, make sure you’ve done your homework. Remember that the lowest rates don’t always get you the best service. What you save in moving costs you might be paying for in damaged or lost items, especially if your mover isn’t insured. Also, avoid moving on weekends and holidays because movers are generally busier during these times and their rates are often higher.

Do it Yourself

While moving companies does make it easier and more convenient to move, the best way to save money is to do the job yourself. If you’re really good at getting rid of the unwanted belongings in your home, you might be able to fit everything in a small truck, which you can easily drive yourself.