Moving is expensive, so anything you can do to cut costs - even if seemingly minor - can add up. Here are some ways to save:
Don't move during June, July, and August - those are the priciest months to move because of high demand. Also, aim for the middle of the month - rates are higher at the beginning and end of the month because of the large number of leases with month-end terminations.
Most long distance moving is based on the weight of your shipment, so figure out if you really need to move some of your items, particularly the heavy ones. If you haven't used it in a year, will you ever use it again?
Be careful of packing tips that might save you money initially but won't protect your stuff - for example, using newspaper as packing material instead of bubble wrap. It could save a few bucks, but in the end, is breaking something worth it - not to mention all of the ink rubbing off on your stuff? Also, don't use substandard boxes you find behind the grocery store - the expense from breakage if that box falls apart will more than outweigh whatever you save by not buying quality moving boxes.
Ask the movers themselves for ways to save on your move. In a bid to win your business, they might come up with ideas that you hadn't thought of.
Packing services are expensive. If you don't want to pack it all yourself, try a partial pack where movers pack the heavy and fragile stuff (dishware) and you handle the non-breakable items like clothes and books. Every box you pack yourself is money in your pocket.
However, be aware that if you buy insurance for your move, the insurance likely won't cover items you pack yourself, unless there's clear damage to the box. The insurers don't want to pay damages for items packed by amateurs.
If it's for relocation reasons, your move may be tax-deductible. Keep all your receipts and consult a professional.
Make sure that you have plenty of boxes and materials so you don't need to keep making trips to the store to buy more. You'll probably need more than you plan for, so buy extra.
Every service that a professional mover performs has a cost to it - know what those costs are and how you can avoid them. If you have items at a storage unit or somewhere else where they need to be picked up, try to move them to your home to avoid extra charges.
Most items that need to be disassembled, like beds, can be handled by the moving companies. However, other items like outdoor gyms and play sets require extra labor and will cost you more. Whenever you can, disassemble and reassemble these items yourself.
Color-code the boxes according to the room they belong in so they all end up in the same place. It will save time for both you and the moving company.
Make sure everything is packed and ready to go on moving day. If the moving company has to pack boxes for you on moving day, they'll charge you for it and it can often be expensive. Check this list for moving-day packing charges that you'll want to avoid.