The Best Moving Discounts and Deals of 2021

Jenny Willden
Researcher & Writer
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Edited By Sarah Cimarusti
Reviewed By Joe Roberts
Published on October 14, 2021
3 min read

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.

To help you save money on your move, we tracked down some of the moving industry's best deals and discounts, including some from our favorite moving companies.


25+ Moving deals and discounts

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.

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Where to start

Get moving quotes from a variety of moving companies—whether you’re hiring a full-service mover to do all the heavy lifting or going DIY with a moving truck rental—and call or check the websites of the most affordable options for extra discounts and savings.


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Moving discounts

Senior discounts

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.

Some companies also offer deals for membership organizations.

15% discount
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International Van Lines
While exact discounts vary by location, International Van Lines typically offers a 15% discount to senior citizens.
$25 off
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AmeriFreight
$25 off car shipping for senior citizens.
10% off
1800packrat
1-800-PACK-RAT
Up to 10% off for senior citizens.
Special pricing
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Bekins
Special pricing for members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
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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.

Membership discounts

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.

AAA discounts

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:

12% or more off truck rentals
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Penske
AAA members get  12% or more off truck rentals and moving services.
Free full-value protection
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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.

AARP discounts

Save up to 20% on truck rentals
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Budget
Save up to 20% on Sunday–Thursday truck rentals and 10% on weekend reservations with your AARP membership number.

Unfortunately, no other large moving truck companies—like Penske and U-Haul—or self-storage companies offer discounts to AARP members.

Union discounts

Save up to 20% on vehicle rentals
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Budget
Save 20% on local and one-way Budget truck and van rentals through Union Plus. The discount is also valid for retired union members

Costco discounts

Save 25% on truck rentals
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Budget
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.

Off-season discounts

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.

Student discounts

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:

Save 10%
penske
Penske
Save 10% on moves with a college ID.
Save up to 20%
budget
Budget
Save 20% on local moves and 15% on one-way moves—valid any day of the week—with code TRUKU.
Discounted storage
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SMARTBOX
Save some cash with discounted storage containers and affordable, all-inclusive summer storage specials that come with delivery, storage, and re-delivery come fall.

Have your valid student ID ready—you’ll need it to qualify for these deals.

Teacher discounts

Save up to 20%
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Budget
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

Save up to 20%
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Budget
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.
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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.

Church discounts

Special pricing
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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.

Moving freebies

Free self-storage

One month of free storage
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U-Haul
Get a month of free storage with a one-way truck or trailer rental at participating locations.
Up to 15% off your monthly rate
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CubeSmart
Get up to 15% off your monthly rate and your first month free on select storage units.

Free moving truck rentals

Free local moving truck for up to four hours
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CubeSmart
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.


Moving coupons

Groupon

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

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.


Internet deals

Your move is the perfect time to start internet service with a new provider, but this can also be an added cost for your move. These deals and discounts on internet service can help with that:

$100 Visa® Prepaid Card
Xfinity
Xfinity
Students Get up to a $100 Visa® Prepaid Card with fast Internet
Contract buyout
Spectrum
Spectrum
Contract buyout for select plans.
$200 AT&T Visa® Reward Card
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AT&T
Get a $200 AT&T Visa® REWARD CARD when you purchase qualifying AT&T Internet.

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Sources

  1.  Atlas Van Lines, “Seasonality of Moving
Jenny Willden
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Jenny Willden
Jenny’s been writing stories since she first picked up a pencil and is lucky to call it her profession. She’s lived in five U.S. states (and counting) and uses her mishaps to help you master your next move.