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Where to get cheap packaging supplies

Where to get cheap packaging supplies

Packing and moving can be stressful. There are so many things to account for, things that you may not even think of until the last second. One of these things is often where to get cheap packaging supplies in an easy way that will allow you to pack your things without breaking your budget. Here, we explore some of the best ways to get your hands on cheap packaging supplies so that your move and your lifestyle are not interrupted.

Retail and Liquor Stores

The things we buy in stores had to be delivered at some point, right?! And what were they probably delivered in? Boxes. Big, cardboard boxes. Simply by asking nicely at the front desk or manager’s station, you can often obtain cheap packaging supplies from your local grocery, liquor, or clothing store. In fact, many times the stores will give you boxes for free. The only downside to this is depending on where you ask for boxes, you may end up having some alcohol or food advertisements on the sides of your boxes. If this does not bother you, then these cheap packaging supplies should be your first line of attack!

Yard Sales

Estate sales and yard sales are a treasure trove of cheap packaging supplies. From bubble wrap to cardboard boxes, you can usually find a few hidden gems at a yard sale. Whether you ask if you can move some for sale objects out of a box and pay (or, if you’re lucky, take for free) for the box itself or if you spent $5 for a box of trinkets you can throw away, you will come away from most estate sales with a good amount of cheap packaging supplies.


Your place of work is likely to have some cheap packaging supplies that you can take home for free. One of the best places in the office to check for cheap packaging supplies is the copy room. There are often empty boxes that once held reams of paper here, and those boxes tend to come with lids and are sturdy, too! Other great sources of cheap packaging supplies include shredded paper, but make sure to check with your boss on that one in case there are any issues with you taking some of that home!


Superstores like CostCo, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s generally do not provide customers with plastic or paper bags due to the fact that buying in bulk simply would not fit into standard grocery bags. Instead, these supercenters generally have a couple of crates filled with boxes that customers can use to load up their goods. If you are not a member of these stores, be sure to ask customer service if it is alright for you to take some boxes. If you are allowed to, then this is an amazing source of cheap packaging supplies.

Kristin Goett
Blogger, supports sustainable and innovative packaging initiatives. Always looking for what sets a design apart from its counterparts.