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  • Ways to Lower Your Moving Expenses

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    The following is a post from Jenna Smith. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.

    Moving to a new location, whether out of town or across the country, can be very expensive. However, there are many ways to save money and make the move more enjoyable.

    Dispose of unnecessary items

    You don’t realize just how many things you accumulate over the years. If you haven’t cleaned out your basement, attic, or garage for several years, now is the time to go through these areas of your home and start the process of disposing of unnecessary items. Many people store things away thinking that someday they will find a use for them, but if you are moving, reducing the piles of things collected over the years will help to save you a lot of money. You can ask family members if they want any of the items first and then toss or sell the rest.

    Host a yard sale

    Having a yard sale is a great way to not only lighten your load but also to bring in some extra cash to help offset the total cost of the move. Set up some tables on your front lawn and post signs to attract attention. Many people look for bargains on things like children’s clothing, furniture and accessories, tools, artwork, tables, and collectibles.

    Decide whether to rent a truck or hire a moving company

    The biggest decision you need to make is whether to rent a truck and drive yourself or use a moving company. There are pros and cons to both. With moving companies, you don’t have to worry about possible damage caused by the drive or storage of your items. You also don’t have to lift heavy things in and out of a truck or organize them so they fit. On the downside, you do have to have everything in order and ready to go when they get there and you will have to wait at the other end for your things to arrive. If you decide to drive yourself, you can work on your own schedule, but you’ll have to do the lifting and unpacking, as well as the driving, on your own.

    Take only what you really want

    Everything you bring will take up space on the truck. So whether you choose to drive or hire movers you’re still going to face the same dilemma, deciding on what to bring.  Family heirlooms, your furniture and basic clothing and supplies should be the things you focus on. Anything beyond that, you really should think whether you really want it. Because once you get to the other end, you’re going to have to find a place for it.

    Pack up ahead of time

    Once you get a definitive date scheduled for your move, it’s time to start slowly packing up your things so that you don’t do a mad dash at the end to get it all done. Packing takes time. You want everything neat, organized and identified so that when you get to your new home you can put the boxes in the room where they belong and then start to unpack. If things are a mess from the start, you’re going to have a difficult time at your new place.

    Packing supplies

    If you decide to use a moving company, you can still save money by using your own packing supplies and packing the boxes yourself. Companies do have a certain requirement for how many boxes you can have, as well as their sizes. Just make sure to follow the guidelines. Purchasing the boxes and packing up on your own can save you hundreds on your move.

    Moving to a new home is exciting. You get to meet new people and experience a new way of life. If you plan ahead and declutter your home prior to packing, you’ll save money and have room for all the new things you’ll want to buy for your new home.

    Roundup: FREE Jell-O, New CVS and Target deals, and More

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    Our daily roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Daily Roundup of Coupons, Deals, and More - Apr 7, 2017 @ ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    ~ What I love today: Ben 10 Omniverse, which I recently binge-watched on Hulu. I used to love the show when the kids were little, and it’s funny to hear Dr. Mallard’s voice from NCIS in a totally different context.

    ~ Today only at Amazon: JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $63.99 {$99.95 value; 4.4 stars in 3,274 reviews; great for listening to podcasts or music in the shower!}

    ~ Today only at Amazon: Waste King garbage disposals starting at $34.72

    ~ Today only at Amazon: 25% off Garmin Fenix 3 & Forerunner 920XT smartwatches {prices start at $219.99}

    ~ MySavings: Coupon for a FREE Jell-O Simply Good Gelatin or Pudding today only for Ralphs/Kroger shoppers

    ~ MySavings: Free Vans gluten-free crackers at Target

    ~ MySavings: $10 off $10+ purchase at Lane Bryant

    ~ MySavings: Coldstone Creamery gift card sweepstakes

    ~ MySavings: Free subscription to Sports Illustrated Kids

    ~ Staples.com: Apple iPad 32GB for just $299 shipped

    ~ New Coupons.com printables:

    $4.00 off one BIC Disposable Razor Pack
    $0.75 off any one Hellmanns or Best Foods product

    ~ Hip2Save: Trolli sour candy for $1 at Target {no coupons required}

    ~ Hip2Save: Free Visine eye drops at Target

    ~ Wild for CVS: Pantene and Head & Shoulders for $0.80 at CVS

    ~ Wild for CVS: Colgate Total toothpaste for $0.72 at CVS

    ~ Wild for Wags: Jolly Ranchers for $1.31 at Walgreens

    ~ Money Saving Mom: Market Pantry eggs for $0.39 at Target

    ~ Printable Coupons: Upcoming moneymaker at CVS

    ~ Totally Target: Pringles Loud Chips for $0.65 at Target


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    Roundup: LOTS of new coupons, New Walgreens deals, and More

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    Our daily roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Daily Roundup of Coupons, Deals, and More - Apr 1, 2017 @ ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    ~ What I love today: Sleeping in when I’m under the weather {and apologies for this later-than-usual roundup due to the extra sleep!}.

    ~ Today only at Amazon: H&R Block tax software starting at $13.99

    ~ Today only at Amazon: Kindle edition of Southern food cookbooks for just $0.99

    ~ MySavings: Free sample of L’Oreal moisturizer

    ~ MySavings: $50 Petsmart gift card sweepstakes

    ~ MySavings: Free scoop at Baskin Robbins

    ~ MySavings: Free Nutri-Grain bar at Sam’s Club

    ~ LOTS of new Coupons.com printables – click through to see ALL of them!:

    $1.00 off any 4 Gerber
    $0.25 off ONE BAG Gold Medal Flour
    $1.50 off one BIC Stationery Product
    $1.50 off one Pampers Splashers Swim Diapers
    $1.00 off any 3 Gerber
    $1.00 off any TWO BOXES any General Mills Cereal
    $1.05 off any 2 Werthers Original
    $1.00 off one Vicks VapoRub
    $1.00 off one Clearblue
    $3.00 off one Excedrin
    $1.00 off TWO Old El Paso Products
    $1.00 off 2 Annie's™ Mac & Cheese
    $1.00 off 3 Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Baked Goods
    $1.00 off one Udi's Gluten Free
    $0.50 off 2 Nature Valley™ Granola Bars
    $1.00 off TWO PACKAGES of any Annie's Snacks
    $0.55 off one Mission Foods
    $0.50 off one OLAY Body
    $1.50 off any 2 Tampax Pearl Products
    $1.50 off any 2 Always Pads AND/OR Liners
    $1.00 off one Vita Coco Coconut Water
    $0.75 off one Dunkin Donuts Coffee Product
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    ~ New Hopster coupons:

    Save $1.00 off any ONE (1) St Joseph Low-Dose Aspirin
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    ~ Wild for Wags: Plum Organics baby pouches for $0.82 at Walgreens

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    ~ Hip2Save: 25% off DiGiorno Pizzas at Target

    Deal Roundup: Walgreens, CVS, Target

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    A roundup of the hottest deals and scenarios at popular stores like Target – perfect for beginner and expert bargain hunters alike. Thank you for printing through the affiliate coupon links below, which helps support this site at no additional cost to you! As with all deals, availability and prices can vary so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Deal Roundup - Jan 23, 2016 | Chief Family Officer

    Walgreens: Right Guard Deodorant for $1.75
    Buy: 2 Right Guard Deodorant at $3.49 each {price may vary}
    Use: $3.50/2 Right Guard Xtreme Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant coupon
    Pay: $3.49
    Final Price: $1.75
    Ends 1/28. Via Wild for Wags.

    CVS: Almay Towelettes for $0.99
    Buy: 2 Almay Clear Complexion 4-in-1 Purifying Towelettes 25ct at $7.49 {price may vary}
    Use: (2) $4/1 Almay Product coupons
    Pay: $6.98
    Receive: $5 Extrabucks
    Final Price: $0.99 each
    Ends 1/28. If you get the $4/$14 facial care coupon from the CVS in-store coupon center, you’ll have a $2.02 moneymaker! Via Printable Coupons.

    CVS: FREE Almay Eye Shadow
    Buy: 3 Almay Shadow Softies at $5.49 each {price may vary}
    Use: (3) $4/1 Almay Product coupons
    Pay: $4.47
    Receive: $5 Extrabucks
    Final Price: $0.53 Moneymaker
    Ends 1/28. Via Wild for CVS.

    CVS: Almay Makeup Remover for $0.32
    Buy: 3 Almay Makeup Remover Sticks at $5.99 each {price may vary}
    Use: (3) $4/1 Almay Product coupons
    Pay: $5.97
    Receive: $5 Extrabucks
    Final Price: $0.32 each
    Ends 1/28. Via Wild for CVS.

    Target: Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal for $0.88
    Buy 2 Quaker Oats Best Bowl Finalists Instant Oatmeal 9ct at $2.75 each {price may vary}
    Use: $1/2 Quaker Hot Cereal coupon
    And use: 50% off Quaker Oats Best Bowl Finalists Target Cartwheel {deducts $2.75}
    Final price: $0.88 each
    Ends 1/28. Via Hip2Save.

    Target: Quaker Granola Bars for $1.25 per box
    Buy: 3 Quaker Granola Bars at $1.58 each {price may vary}
    Use: $1/3 Quaker Chewy Bars coupon
    Final Price: $1.25 each
    Ends 1/28. Via Hip2Save.

    Keep a Medical Journal for Each Family Member

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    This is the time of year when I seem to be at a doctor’s office all the time, between my own yearly checkups, and the kids. (You might have figured that out already, between last week’s tip for quickly finding your doctors’ info on your phone, and the current suggestion.)

    Keep Medical Journals for Your Family | Chief Family Officer

    I picked up the idea of having a medical notebook for each family member from the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast. It’s brilliant for several reasons:

    You have a place to jot down questions between visits. Most days, my brain is like a sieve so it’s important to write things down as they occur to me.

    You can easily record important info. This is includes lab results and the doctor’s instructions, and even changes in height and weight. I never remember how much my kids weigh or how tall they are, and it seems like that’s always requested on forms I’m filling out for them.

    All of the info is in one place. There’s a lot to be said for convenience and collation, and it’s going to be wonderful to have all of the info we need in one place. If we have to see a new doctor, I should be able to answer any questions with the notebook!

    Keep Medical Journals for Your Family | Chief Family Officer

    For my family, I picked up a pack of blank books from the Bullseye Playground section at Target. You can see mine above.

    I labeled a book for each family member, and put different colored stickers on the spines, so I can easily identify them. I’ve already used them and I’ve had them for less than a month!

    The tricky thing is going to be getting in the habit of bringing the book to appointments. I’ve started adding “book” to the entry in my Google Calendar for appointments where I’m going to want to have the book with me.

    Our family doesn’t go to the doctor that often, thankfully, and I think these notebooks would be especially useful if you have a lot of appointments and therefore a lot of info to keep track of. They would have been great to have when my boys were newborns. Gretchen suggests creating one for your pet too, which is also a great idea.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

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    Merry Christmas! And Happy Hanukkah!

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