Shopping when you have just finished moving into a new location, either locally, in another city, or another country is very similar to grocery shopping when you’re hungry. It can lead to disaster because you either spend to much, buy on impulse and or forget what it was you wanted or needed to purchase in the first place. This can happen as a result of being unfamiliar with the grocery stores in the area and loss of patience looking for items that you simply decide to grab whatever is on the shelf regardless of the price. This does not only apply to buying groceries, it also applies to purchasing new furniture or household items for your new home and it can easily be avoided. Don’t let poor planning cost you extra money when moving, take the time to plan your move properly and you will save a great deal of money on the little things. Here are some tips.
Tips on Shopping Once You’ve Moved
- If possible, take the time to visit the local area before moving day to save money on gas having to search for stores and malls.
- Visit the local stores and get a feel for where everything is located on the shelves.
- Even better, make a shopping day out of it for your current home and it won’t seem like wasted time.
- Create a realistic budget for how much money you will need for shopping once you arrive at the new location.
- Check online flyers for deals and discounts that are happening in the local stores before you arrive.
- Take inventory of the things you have so you won’t duplicate items. Remember you may have to empty the contents of your freezer or cupboards but you do not have to through everything out, there are perishable items you can save and you can also purchase freezing bags or coolers if your move is not that far.
- Don’t shop on the day of the move as you will be too tired and not have enough patience to do it properly, make sure you are rested enough to do so.
- Order pizza or other take out foods for dinner the day of the move and include that in your budget so it does not come as an additional expense on moving day.
There are always unexpected purchases during the move that you were not counting on, the trick is to limit the surprises by planning ahead. If you do not plan your shopping budget and other things go wrong, you now have a problem that is compounded.
Many senior citizens decide to sell the family home and move into a smaller more manageable apartment, condo or home. What can people do with items they have amassed over a lifetime when moving into a smaller space?
Keep the things that are most valuable and downsize from there!
Everyone has sentimental items and it is often hard to let go of them, but sentimental things are only valuable to our memories, not our pocketbooks. If you must keep sentimental items, keep only a few of them and pass the other ones around to family members or even better, if you can, give them back to the person who gave them to you. In both cases, they will most likely be honoured that you chose them to take care of your precious and valuable items.
Moving is expensive and the best way to fund a move is by selling things you will no longer need.
Once you have decided on the new location, take inventory of all things you wish to keep and all the things you must keep. Place everything else of value into a neat pile. These items can be sold in a garage sale, given away to family and friends or donated to charity. Next, take note of the things that you would like to keep and see if there are any items that you can part with. You might be surprised to learn that most people who do this are able to cut the pile into half. Place these items into the “garage sale” pile that you created early. You should now have a large area of things to sell or give away and a small pile of things that will be moved into the new location. Garage sales are a great way to fund your move, however, if you do not have the time to do a garage sale or sell the items you have, you can simply give them away. If you do not want to take care of the garage sale yourself, hire some local kids, friends or family members to run it for you and split the profits, at least you will earn something. When you move into your new space, you have the chance to change things around, create a new decor and reinvent your surroundings. Have fun, go wild and enjoy your move. If you are the kind of person who is used to things a certain way, remember interior decor do not always translate the same in smaller spaces and you may have to adjust to fit in your old furniture. Experiment and do not be afraid to change things up. Moving is always a chance to start fresh and just because your going small, does not mean that you cannot go big and go proud! To contact us for your next move click here.