Money Saving Tips

Tip: Use Newspapers, Junk Mail, Etc For Packing Up Valuables

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Written by David Johnson

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Don’t waste extra money and earth resources on packing up your stuff!  

If possible, start saving a weeks worth of newspapers, coupon fliers, old paper, etc to use for packaging up your breakable items.
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Newspaper and coupon value paks work great for wrapping up glasses, candles, small decorations and other breakable items.

Free Box Cushioning / Padding

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Newspaper makes great padding for boxes!

These free paper wrappings also make excellent padding stuffing and space filler for your moving boxes.

Instead of buying packing peanuts or foam, just wad up individual pieces of paper and fill the excess box space with those.  It not only provides great protection and padding against things shifting around during the move…its FREE!

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David Johnson

I am a (former) professional mover and industry expert. I blog about the tips and tricks for moving your household and possessions safely and cheaply from A to B. I stay up to date on the moving industry odds and ends. Follow me and bookmark this site to make sure you don't spend more than you have to on your next move!

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9 Comments

  • Could you please suggest places where we could get some old newspapers for packing fragile items. We do not subscribe to a newspaper and it seems most of our friends do not either – most people getting their news online –

    Thank you, John F. Keeler

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for stopping by the site for cheap moving tips. If you don’t have newspapers, you can always use your large grocery store ads that come in, or stop by a local grocery store and they will usually have a pile of them. Also re-purposing clothes such as soft t-shirts, socks, underwear, etc can also work well for small and fragile items. If you want newspapers specifically, maybe look around for a neighbor that receives a daily paper and ask them to hold them for you after they are finished reading them. Hope this helps!

      – David

  • Great Blog David!

    for saving money and resources, using your cloths such as T-shirts jumpers and sucks to pack and protect your fragile items can do the work, as well as saving you space on the truck by reducing the number of boxes you use for packing your cloths.

    • Thank you for stopping by! You are absolutely right about using clothes, towels, and other materials you already have in your possession for padding and packing. This can save you a lot of money on moving pads and professional packing materials. Cheers!

  • Some great tips, but about those fragile items…if being shipped by UPS etc, where I’m not in control of how much shaking and dropping takes place, will newspaper really be adequate?

    • It’s all in the wrapping job really. All I’m saying is that newspaper can be just as effective as premium packing paper in protecting valuables. Always be sure to let the shipping company know that the contents are fragile If you really want to be sure they are cared for well, purchase shipping insurance. I hope this helps, good luck!