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Plan Ahead and Save On Your College Move-Out With Help from AAA

College move-out day will be here before you know it. While the last thing you want to think about as your dorm days come to an end is the logistics of the inevitable, you’ll do yourself a disservice if you wait until the last minute to plan. By planning ahead, you can take the stress out of move-out day, save big on summer storage space and moving equipment, and truly enjoy the end of the spring semester. Not sure where to begin with move-out preparations? As always, AAA is here to help.

Start Sending Stuff Home

If you plan to do a DIY move back to your childhood home, start going through your belongings sooner rather than later to identify things you need versus those you can do without for a month or so. Anything you don’t need to send home via a delivery service. If you go through The UPS Store, you can save up to 15% on packing supplies and 5% on UPS shipping services.

Start Packing Before Finals

If you put off packing until finals week, you won’t be able to give your full attention to what’s most important — your upcoming exams. Start filling boxes weeks in advance. If you live close to home, load up your car and make a few trips before finals week. With the Fuel Rewards program at Shell, you don’t have to stress about the cost of gas because AAA members save at least $0.05 per gallon on every fill-up. If you plan to use a moving service, set aside boxes as you fill them so they’re ready to come on moving day.

Get Quotes From Reputable Moving Companies

Moving companies look kindly upon customers who reserve moving trucks far in advance of moving day. If you want the best rates, start shopping early on and lock in good deals before they’re gone. Remember, AAA members save 12% on truck rentals and moving supplies at Penske Truck Rental. If you plan to store your belongings for the summer, use SpareFoot Storage and get your first month free as well as a $20 Amazon gift card.

If you went to college out of state and have a larger move, consider using Atlas Van Lines. AAA members save an average of $600 on interstate moves, plus additional discounts on storage and other services.

Whether you're planning a DIY move or to take advantage of summer storage space, plan your college move-out far in advance of moving day. Your grades, your parents, and your wallet will thank you.