If you’re on the hunt for free boxes, the best place to go is your local grocery store. Ask the front end manager if they have any extra boxes “in the back.” Specifically, ask for ones with lids, such as fruit boxes or liquor boxes. Since they receive shipments in boxes on a daily basis—generally—they usually have an abundance of boxes they’re willing to give you. Keep in mind, though, that they tend to use a compactor or baler to “break down” the boxes, so it’s important to ask the store workers to “save” you some before they do that.
Besides grocery stores, big box retail stores like Walmart and Target also have a supply of boxes they don’t need. Even smaller stores, like your corner drug store (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid) or local gas station may have some spare boxes after their shipments come in.
Here’s another idea: when receiving items in boxes from catalog companies, save them for later use. That big TV you bought? You can use its box to move your stuff. The same goes for shoe boxes and others you accumulate over time.
In addition, you can, ask friends, family and neighbors who live near you if they have any boxes they don’t need any more. More often than not they’ll be happy to get rid of them if you’ll haul them away.
Lastly, remember that moving companies have supplies of used boxes at greatly reduced prices. Therefore, if you are having trouble finding boxes, you can always purchase sturdy ones at bargain basement rates.
It’s nice to get free boxes to help you with your move. If you can’t find free boxes, though, you can buy cardboard moving boxes from your mover or other stores, specially designed for moving. Just remember, it’s better to have too many boxes, than not enough.