Moving Container Deals and Discounts

Kurt Manwaring
Researcher & Writer
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Published on October 12, 2020
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Nearly a quarter of Americans have moved or know someone who has moved during COVID-191—and all of them want to save money.

Moving containers reduce your moving costs because you don’t have to hire professional movers. While you pay the company to transport your container, you do the loading and unloading yourself.

You can save even more money with moving container discounts:


College student discounts

Between tuition, books, and living expenses, college is expensive. Take advantage of college student discounts offered by SMARTBOX, U-Box, and U-Pack to save a quick buck.

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SMARTBOX
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One month free rental
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Pro Bullet Save up to $50

First responder discounts

We’re all thankful for the service offered by firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and other first responders. So is 1-800-PACK-RAT, which offers discounts to all first responders.

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Need a pair of strong arms?

You can hire hourly moving services to load and unload your moving container. Check out our guide to the best moving labor companies.


Medical professional discounts

Doctors and nurses are heroes—even for those who aren’t moving during COVID-19. That’s why 1-800-PACK-RAT offers a special medical professional discount.

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Pro Bullet Applies to doctors and nurses

Military discounts

1 -800-PACK-RAT and U-Pack have moving container discounts for today’s fighting men and women.

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Senior discounts

1-800-PACK-RAT and U-Pack offer special moving container discounts for seniors.

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Use it as a storage container

The term portable storage means you can use your moving container as a portable storage container for several months after you move. For longer-term storage, check out our list of the best self-storage companies.


Teacher discounts

1-800-PACK-RAT rewards teachers with a special moving container discount.

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Other discounts

If you don’t qualify for some of the discounts we’ve mentioned, you’re in luck. 1-800-PACK-RAT, PODS, and U-Pack offer a bunch of other discounts.

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Best price

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Will beat any comparable competitor’s price for a limited time

Blog readers

U-Pack

Save $25 using promo code “BLOG25”

COVID-19

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Save up to 10%

Move.org readers

PODS

Save 10%

Moving supplies

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Free shipping on all orders from the U-Pack Box Store

Long-term storage

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Free delivery and pickup with the purchase of three months of storage

Online reservation

U-Pack

Save $25

Local moves

1-800-PACK-RAT

Save $25

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Save more with a rental truck

In most cases, you can save even more money by renting a moving truck instead of a container—but you’ll do virtually all the work yourself. We’ve put together a list of the best truck rental companies to help you.


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Which moving container companies offer discounts?

1-800-PACK-RAT

1-800-PACK-RAT has the highest-quality moving containers in the industry. The company’s all-steel moving containers protect your stuff during your move and double as a portable storage unit if you need some time before unloading.

Besides having the lowest rates for midsize homes, 1-800-PACK-RAT also offers more moving container discounts than any other moving container company.

Learn more in our 1-800-PACK-RAT Review.

PODS

You can find a PODS location in nearly every state. The company has three container sizes to choose from and constructs its moving containers with steel frames.

PODS also has the lowest prices for short-distance moves. Its average cost of $1,230 is almost $600 lower than the competition.

Learn more in our PODS Review.

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SMARTBOX

SMARTBOX doesn’t have many locations (it’s in just 23 states), but it’s worth considering if there’s a location near you. The company can deliver up to eight containers at once, and they come with weatherproof covers to keep your belongings safe.

Most importantly, the company guarantees it will match the price of other moving container companies.

Learn more in our SMARTBOX Review.

U-Box

No moving container is as widely available as U-Haul’s U-Box. You can reserve a U-Box container pretty much anywhere there are U-Haul moving trucks (about 20,000 locations nationwide).

U-Haul has low moving container rates because the U-Box is relatively small and uses plywood instead of steel. While your stuff isn’t likely to get damaged, the weight limit prevents you from loading more than about one room’s worth of belongings.

The U-Box has its best prices for distances of about 1,850 miles. U-Haul’s average long-distance cost of $3,060 is nearly $1,000 less expensive than other moving container companies.

Learn more in our U-Box Review.

U-Pack ReloCube

U-Pack has a pay-for-what-you-use policy—meaning if you order three U-Pack ReloCubes but use only two, then you pay for only two. You also don’t have to pay for storage (most companies build a month’s worth of portable storage into your cost).

While the U-Pack ReloCube comes in only one size (small) and has low-quality construction, its overall prices are the lowest in the business.

Learn more in our U-Pack ReloCube Review.


Moving container deals and discounts FAQ

Do moving container companies have military discounts?

Yes, 1-800-PACK-RAT and U-Pack have moving container discounts for military members. You may need to present your military ID to qualify.

What is the cheapest way to move long distance?

Moving containers can often be the cheapest way to move long distance. While rental trucks are more affordable for shorter distances, you save upwards of $400 on a coast-to-coast move because you don’t have to pay for travel expenses.

Is PODS cheaper than U-Haul?

PODS is cheaper than U-Haul for short distances. Its average cost of $2,050 for moves under 500 miles is about $150 less expensive than other moving container companies.

Are there exclusive discounts for long-distance moves?

There aren’t exclusive discounts for long-distance moves, but college students qualify for one free month’s rental with U-Haul’s U-Box—the cheapest long-distance moving container company.


Kurt Manwaring
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Kurt Manwaring
Kurt Manwaring brings nearly a decade’s worth of research experience as a business consultant to the Move.org team. He specializes in taking complicated issues (like moving) and presenting them in a way that everyone can understand. His writing has been featured in hundreds of publications, including USA Today, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Heavy, Slate, and Yahoo! Lifestyle. He brings a BS in sociology and an MPA (masters of public administration) to the Move team. He would love to hear about your moving experiences and questions at kurt@move.org.