by Taylor Allewelt

Model: Alayna Henby

You’ve done it, you’ve made it through four or more years at a university and are ready to make the move away from your familiarity. It’s time to spread your wings and make a life of your own in a place of your choosing. During your years out on your own, you have accumulated things that you may not be willing to get rid of. Understandably so, your main goal is to make sure that you make this move as cost-efficient as possible so you have that extra money to spend to explore your new city. But many companies will take advantage of the fact that you are a millennial with little to no experience moving and often you will get absurd quotes. If you want the most cost-efficient way to move, either just a city away from your hometown or across the country, this will be a great read for you!

The first thing you should do when preparing to move is go through your possessions and come up with a MUST-HAVE list and a DONATE list. As humans we inherently claim most possessions as having sentimental value. You need to reassess this and make hard decisions on what you really need. Donating helps others and the community around you and benefits the less fortunate. Make sure you give yourself enough time to make the difficult decisions and immediately take everything to local donation centers. This will eliminate pondering those hard to give away items and making the mistake of re-cluttering your home with them. Once you have all your unwanted items packed up and given away the next step is to pack up all the possessions you have and assess what type of vehicle you will need. In my experience Budget Rentals has the best prices with the best truck options. The trucks are offered at a competitive price and if you book in advance you get better rates and options. I would recommend booking a month in advance to get the best price options. If you are moving a city away, the estimated price range will be from $80 a day to $206 depending on the size of the truck you will need. There are plenty of other rental options if you have minimal possessions to move such as trailers and pods. I would recommend if it is just a city away to ask for help from any friends who may have trucks and pay them back with gas/beer etc. If you are moving a couple of states away budget is the BEST option for you. The prices for moving 5 states away will range from $500-$1000. You may be thinking that is absurd but when researching other competitor’s budgets, prices stay $20-$50  under what the competitors are offering. Another bonus is that you can drop off at other locations so that you will not have to drive the vehicle back or hire someone to drive for you.

Once you have figured out the exact truck you will need and the pricing for that part of the trip, you will also need to figure out how much your personal gas will be for the trip. You may not think this is a factor for short drives but it can add up especially if you are making more than one trip. For longer trips this will help out a lot because it lets you know how much you need to save in order to make sure that you can make it to your next destination! Fueleconomy.com is a website that will do just that – calculate the cost of your gas for the trip. You are able to add your exact vehicle and route and you will get an exact estimate of what the gas pricing will be. You can even add up the cost of gas for larger vehicle *cough, cough* the budget vehicle you will rent. If you aren’t moving too far away the cost will be around $3-$5 from starting point to ending point. If you are moving a few states away the gas price for larger vehicles will range from $100-$150. This website calculates the gas prices in the different cities and towns and includes that in the gas estimation it gives to you. The internet is an amazing place, right!?

Now we must not forget about the most important factor when moving—actually moving your belongings! Being a young millennial moving from city to city you have many resources at your fingertips to help you move, aka your friends. They are agile and able to lift and maneuver heavy things without breaking their backs. By asking for help from your friends, you are saving around $200-$500 in mover’s fees. But, let’s say that you do not have anyone willing to help you move. There is another type of help you can afford and there’s a bonus you can sit back with a cup of tea and gawk at the men assisting you. The place to go is Collegehunkshaulingjunk.com and they offer an amazing rate for moving. It depends on how many hours you will need their assistance but it only costs around $70-$80 an hour. If you followed the advice above and got rid of your undesirables or unnecessary affects, then your move should not take too long. Even if you are a college hunk and you are not a part of the company you can still sit back or jump in and help the moving process go fast to save the mullah.

Moving isn’t easy or cheap. You want your possessions to be taken care of and do not want anything to go missing or be broken. But you also have a budget especially if you are a young millennial making minimum wage. These steps will be the best way to affordably move on to the next step in your life and will not break your bank so that you can go out and explore. You will have to put in more work but you’re young and have the luxury of being able to do so. Take advantage of the fact that you can move so affordably and save every penny you can so that you can have some fun in your new home and city!