Bottom line: Moving isn’t cheap—and your best bet for not blowing your budget is to score a deal. While shopping around for the best prices on moving services is a great place to start, there are other savvy saving techniques. We tracked down a long list of ways you can save money on your next move.
25+ Moving deals and discounts
- Senior discounts
- Membership discounts
- Off-season discounts
- Student discounts
- Teacher discounts
- Law enforcement and first responder discounts
- Church discounts
- Free storage
- Free moving trucks
- Moving coupons
Let’s be honest: the cost of moving can be so high that it’s tempting to ditch your furniture and start off fresh in your new home. Since that’s not always practical, we’re here to help you get all the hidden and not-so-hidden discounts on moving services.
Use this deals guide to find a wide variety of moving discounts—all in one place. Whether you’re a firefighter, a teacher, or a AAA member, we’ve tracked down special deals to cut the cost of your relocation.
WHERE TO START
The golden years come with plenty of perks, including reduced moving prices. Whether you’re downsizing from your family home or flying south for warmer winters, there are plenty of opportunities to save on relocation costs.
Most moving companies that specialize in helping older adults relocate offer discounted rates, but if you don’t see a discount listed on the company’s website, call and ask.
Beyond general senior discounts, a few companies have deals for membership organizations:
HELPFUL MOVING HINTS
HELPFUL MOVING HINTS
U-Pack has a moving guide to help you or a family member transition to a smaller home or an assisted living facility.
Don’t let a membership card languish unused in your pocket. Take full advantage of a club or organization’s perks to make your move for less money.
You may think of using AAA when your car breaks down on the highway, but did you know its membership also nets you moving discounts? Here are a few to look for:
- Penske: AAA members get 12% or more off truck rentals and moving services.
- Atlas Van Lines: Move with Atlas and receive free full-value protection (FVP)—a savings of $600.
Get all the details on member deals in our AAA moving discount guide.
Budget Truck Rental: In the 50+ age bracket? You’ll get a discount on Budget moving truck rentals with an AARP membership. Save up to 20% on Sunday–Thursday truck rentals and 10% on weekend reservations with your membership number.
Unfortunately, no other large moving truck companies—Penske and U-Haul—or self-storage companies offer discounts to AARP members.
Budget Truck Rental: Are you a dues-paying labor union member? Then you can save 20% on local and one-way Budget truck and van rentals through Union Plus. The discount is also valid for retired union members who are relocating.
Budget Truck Rental: A Costco membership is good for more than bulk toilet paper and cheap gas. Costco members save 25% on Budget truck rentals. Start your reservation through Budget’s Costco partnership page, and your member discount code will be automatically applied to your rental.
Moving industry data shows that people are much more likely to move during the summer than in any other season. During less busy times of the year, many moving companies offer discounts.
Prices vary based on the company and region, but if you’re moving in the off-season (October–April) or mid-week, you can typically nab a better rate.
A big move isn’t always affordable on a college student’s budget. Some moving companies totally get this and offer student discounts to help ease the financial burden:
- Penske: Save 10% on moves with a college ID.
- Budget Truck Rental: Save 20% on local moves and 15% on one-way moves—valid any day of the week—with code TRUKU.
- SMARTBOX: Save some cash with discounted storage containers and affordable, all-inclusive summer storage specials that consist of delivery, storage, and re-delivery come fall.
Have your valid student ID ready—you’ll need it to qualify for these deals.
Budget Truck Rental: To say thank you for educating the next generation, Budget offers 20% off local moves and 15% off one-way moves to current teachers.
Law enforcement and first responder discounts
Budget Truck Rental: Police, firefighters, and EMTs receive 20% off local moves and 15% off one-way moves with Budget. This promotion is valid every day of the week—use coupon code SERVICE when you book.
MILITARY MOVING DISCOUNTS
MILITARY MOVING DISCOUNTS
No matter which branch of the armed forces you serve in, you may be able to save big on moving costs if you’re moving yourself to your next duty station.
Read our guide to moving companies with military discounts to maximize your savings.
Bekins: Members of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) save on long-distance moves with Bekins. The discount is also extended to pastors, and Bekins donates a portion of the proceeds back to the church.
U-Haul: Get a month of free storage with a one-way truck or trailer rental at participating locations. (We like U-Haul self-storage for its 24-hour access, climate-controlled units, and clean facilities).
CubeSmart: Get up to 15% off your monthly rate and your first month free on select storage units.
Free moving truck rentals
CubeSmart: Moving your belongings to a storage unit but don’t have access to a truck? Use CubeSmart’s free local moving truck offer for up to four hours. For Manhattanites, CubeSmart will provide a free moving truck and a driver at select New York City locations. All you have to do is load and unload the truck!
Mini U Storage: This smaller local storage company offers free moving trucks to new tenants. Since this perk is popular, make a truck reservation as soon as you know your moving date. The first 50 miles are free, and you’ll pay $0.99 per mile after that. Moves between Monday and Thursday get six-hour truck rentals, while on weekends free rentals last for four hours.
While Groupon is better known for discounts on laser hair removal and fitness classes, you can also use it to find lower rates from moving companies in your area. These discounts are always changing, so visit Groupon’s website to find current deals—and be sure to check expiration and blackout dates before buying.
RetailMeNot is another excellent source for moving coupons. You’ll find discounts ranging from 10% to 25% off big brands like U-Haul and Penske as well as deals on self-storage units and moving supplies. These deals change often, so it’s best to check for one around the time you plan to relocate.
People also asked. . .
- Atlas Van Lines, “Seasonality of Moving”