Frugal Friday: A Cheap, Easy Way to Get Rid of Junk

When you move, everyone tells you to get rid of stuff, but it’s easier said than done.

There are the usual ways – try to sell stuff on eBay or Craigslist, or hold a garage sale to hopefully make some cash.

However, most people when they’re moving just don’t have the time (or energy) to organize a sale of their stuff. So most of it just gets throw away. (I love when people say, ‘Just hold a garage sale! There’s really no ‘just’ about it.)

Whatever you do, the end result for a lot of stuff you have is the dump – you’ll need to throw away a lot of stuff.

Here’s a tip to making it easier. Many people will be rent a dumpster if the job is huge. It ain’t cheap. And the neighbors might not like it. In fact, some homeowners associations won’t even allow it. And you could lose a kid or two in there.

The solution: rent a truck. Keep all the stuff to throw away in a garage or in a room, and when you want to haul it away, toss it into the rental truck and away to the dump! If you’re renting it for the day, you’ll probably have time to do other chores associated with your move, and if you’re moving yourself, you can just keep the truck to move all the stuff that you want in your new home.

Need ideas on how to reduce the junk quotient in your life? Check out this article on prioritizing the things you want to throw away.

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