The Ultimate Guide: Where to Find Moving Boxes for a Smooth Relocation

I don’t know about you, but I would rather get free boxes for moving instead of paying for them. And it’s not very hard, but you do have to do some work.  This will make it cheaper to move in the long run.

One essential aspect of moving is getting the right boxes to pack and protect your items. If you’re wondering where to get moving boxes, look no further! Here are some excellent options to consider:

At Small Stores

Boxes are found everywhere, but the best place to get free ones are small stores. Large department stores tear and press there boxes for destruction or recycling. You can get boxes from these places, but you have to be their when they are emptied. This is not very convenient. Smaller stores, on the other hand, usually dispose of their boxes in a dumpster at the back of the shop.

You can ride around the back of almost any retail store and see boxes that are being discarded. The problem with doing this is you don’t know what days they are going to get rid of boxes. But like many problems, this one is easily solvable. Ask the store manager when their shipments come in. Then politely ask if they would save them or is it okay if you go behind the store and take them. I have found vitamins shops and small general stores to have the best selection.

You can also get free boxes from the United States Post Office, but these boxes can only be used to ship stuff with their service.

Local Moving Companies

If you don’t know where to get free moving boxes, you can them for a good prices through a local box company.  Local box companies usually deal only in boxes and packing supplies.  The do high volume and in many cases are the ones making the boxes.  In New Orleans we have Nola Box company.  They always have misprinted boxes from commercial print runs.

They sell these boxes at a deep discount because they are useless to many of their commercial clients.  Even if the box company doesn’t have any misprinted boxes, their prices are a lot better than buying boxes from a moving supply store or a department store.  The one caveat is you usually have to buy a certain amount to get the best price.

Moving Boxes Online

Ebay is another good place to get moving boxes.  The question you have to ask yourself is, “Is the cost of the boxes plus shipping from the seller cheaper than just buying the boxes from a local moving supply store or box company?”

Rent Storage Bins

You can also rent storage bins from some companies for moving.  This may be cheaper than buy boxes retail, but I think some of the choices above for getting moving boxes are far better.  Plus, you get to keep your things in the boxes as long as you want if you own the boxes.  If you are renting them, then you have to either give them back or pay more money.  Also, for me, I would wonder how sanitary are the boxes.  Who else was moving stuff in these boxes and what were they putting in them.

Some moving companies may offer you a package rate that includes moving boxes.  I am not familiar with any such promotions that are on going, but you may want to check.

Borrow Boxes

You can also borrow boxes from your friends and family.  Most of us have boxes and plastic bins laying around from previous moves.  I’m sure if you contact a few of them you can get enough together to pack your things into.  Just make sure you get them back to them in a reasonable amount of time

Home Improvement Stores

Retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ace Hardware often have a wide range of packing supplies, including various sizes of moving boxes. These stores are easily accessible and frequently restock their supplies.

Grocery Stores

Some grocery stores, particularly larger chains, may have boxes available for free. You can inquire with the store manager or ask the employees if they have any spare boxes they are willing to give away. These boxes are usually sturdy and come in different sizes, making them ideal for packing various items.

Office Supply Stores

Stores like Staples or Office Depot often carry moving supplies, including different sizes of boxes. These stores might have more specialized boxes for items such as electronics or books, which can provide added protection during the move.

Recycling Centers

Some cities have recycling centers or community recycling initiatives that collect and distribute cardboard boxes. These boxes are typically free or available at a minimal cost. Consider checking with your local recycling centers to see if they have any boxes available.

Social Media Groups And Local Community Forums

Joining local community groups on platforms like Facebook or Nextdoor can be a great way to find people who are giving away or selling moving boxes. These platforms often have an active community who are willing to help out fellow movers.


Bookstores often receive shipments in sturdy boxes that are perfect for packing heavier items. Contact your local bookstore and ask if they have any spare boxes available.

Schools or Universities

Reach out to local schools or universities and inquire if they have any boxes they are willing to give away. They may have recently received shipments of supplies or books, which would come in handy for your move.

Freecycle or Freebie Groups

Joining online platforms like Freecycle or Freebie groups can connect you with individuals who are looking to give away moving boxes for free. These groups operate on the principle of reducing waste by reusing items.

When searching for moving boxes, it’s essential to consider the size and durability required for your belongings. Remember to check the condition of the boxes, ensuring they are clean, dry, and structurally intact. Starting early and giving yourself ample time to collect your boxes will help reduce unnecessary stress during your moving process.

Whether you choose to purchase, rent, or find free moving boxes, there are plenty of options available. By exploring these various avenues, you can find the perfect moving boxes that fit your needs and budget.