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Are you looking for useful ways to reduce moving costs? With the average cost of an interstate relocation going around $4000 and the average price of a local move being roughly $2000, small savings can make a significant difference.

Moving and packing with newspaper

You can find moving boxes for free and use alternative packing supplies that you have in the house for free. Now, you can lower the moving costs even more by learning where to get free old newspapers. Most importantly, learn how to pack your things with newspaper, and save on packing materials.

1. Using newspaper when packing

You might not think of newspapers as a valuable packing material, but don’t underestimate its advantages. Once you start packing, you will soon find out that you could really use all kinds of clever tricks that will help you save money and time.

Using newspapers to pack your stuff can quickly turn out to be a brilliant idea to help you preserve your budget. After all, what other packing material will cost you practically nothing and still have an astonishing level of versatility?

The advantages of using newspapers to pack up your things are:

  • Newsprint is everywhere, and there are some simple ways to get free old newspapers. Its availability and accessibility can only rival the low cost of newspaper. Take a look around your home, and you are sure to find a lot of old newspapers just lying around and available to be recycled or used for something useful.
  • Crumpled newspapers can be used as padding as they are relatively lightweight and yet are surprisingly strong.
  • Newspapers take up less space in moving boxes than most of the other filling and padding materials such as towels or pieces of clothing.
  • Newspapers are good for the environment as they can be used again and again, making recycling newspapers as easy as it gets.

The only real disadvantage of using newspapers to pack for your relocation is that the ink can leave stains on your things and will get your hands somewhat dirty. Gladly, that fact does not pose a severe problem because it has a simple solution. Read our 3 tips for packing with newspapers to find out how to pack plates, glasses and practically any other breakable, fragile, delicate or even valuable items with newspapers.


2. Where to find newspapers you can use for packing

As mentioned above, newspapers are everywhere around us, and it will not take a lot of effort to get as much newspaper for packing as you will need. And the best part is that you will not have to pay a cent to get this highly versatile packing material either.

  • Your house: If you have a subscription to your local newspaper, then you will most likely have stacks of old newspapers that are collecting dust in your basement, attic, and garage. But if you do not have newspapers delivered to your door, then you can still get free newspapers from local classified or entertainment newspapers who might spam your mailbox now and again.
  • Your friends and neighbors: Ask your friends and neighbors, if they can spare some old newspaper copies. The chances are good that they will help you. In fact, in some situations, you will be doing them a favor by removing all of the old and useless newspapers that they have in their houses.
  • Local newspaper offices: Get in touch with your local newspaper office, sometimes they may be willing to give away the remaining ends of unprinted newsprint rolls. Or it is might be possible that they have misprints or extra copies which you can get for a minimal fee. It is a good idea to contact the place where the printing house if you happen to have one in your city.
  • Recycling centers: The majority of old newspapers get recycled at recycling centers. If you still have not gathered enough newspaper using one of the methods mentioned above in the article, then a quick visit to your local recycling center should get you as much old newspapers as you can carry.

3. How to use newspaper to pack

Packing with newspaper is nothing too complicated, it is used much in the same way as soft packing paper. There are some essential things that you need to remember when packing with newspapers to pack successfully from beginning to end:

  • Newspapers serve as excellent packing material: Crush newspapers into tight bundles and put them on the bottom of each cardboard box before filling it with your breakable and fragile items. Newspaper might be thin, but crumpled newspaper becomes extremely strong and durable.
  • Newspapers are great as space filler as well: Once you have packed a moving box with fragile and delicate items, your valued possessions must be immobile in the moving boxes. If the empty spaces in the box are not filled out correctly, your packed things could come into contact with one another and get damaged during the move. Use crumpled pieces of newsprint to fill in those areas to secure the contents of the box.
  • Newspapers are great for wrapping, but they should never be used as primary protective layers because of the ink stains usually left on some more delicate surfaces. Sometimes such ink stains might never be truly removed from some items, so be careful not to ruin some of your belongings in your attempt to save more and more money. Newspaper will also leave ink stains on your hands, but that is not really a problem because it washes off easily and cannot possibly hurt your skin.

Finally, let us remind you that newsprint is an excellent and often underrated alternative of soft packing paper but, it should always be used in combination with packing paper and Bubble wrap. Make sure that you wrap your glasses, dishes, picture frames, etc. with white packing paper first, and then use a lot of newspapers to provide a second, third and even fourth layer of protection.

Now that you have read these 3 tips for packing with newspapers you should know how to use newspaper to help you wrap your things safely. Our professional team of international shipping experts at Sunset Moving would love to help you with your move. Contact one of our friendly representatives who will help you with your relocation in any way that they can.


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