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Rarely does an individual or family stay in one residence for a lifetime. On average, Americans are destined to move at least 12 times, and each year, especially during the summer months, some 43 million people will pack up their possessions and relocate.

Most agree that moving can be a very stressful time. One hang up that has the potential to be a source of frustration and can cause unwelcome stress is the question that begs an answer: Where can I find moving boxes that are no or low cost?

A quick Google search for "moving boxes" will connect you to a slew of sources providing a range of options. However, they're not always cheap.

The following is an abbreviated list that provides some obvious and some not-so-obvious solutions:

Craigslist is like a virtual garage sale. On the homepage, type "moving boxes" in the search window. You'll have at your fingertips an aggregated list of businesses that offer moving boxes and moving supplies and also individuals selling or sometimes giving away boxes.

If you can't afford to pay for boxes, there are many grocery stores that sometimes will reserve banana and other produce and product boxes in their back storage area if requested.

Surprisingly, along with your coffee at Starbucks, it's possible that your friendly barista will reserve boxes for you. Starbucks receives weekly shipments of whole bean coffee, syrups, baked goods and other products to their stores. Know when the shipments come in at your favorite location, and it's possible you'll be able to grab some boxes.

Most major retailers sell moving boxes. Stores include Walmart, Costco, Lowes and Home Depot. Order on the store website, and boxes can be picked up at the nearest store location or delivered directly to you.

U-Haul provides all the moving essentials, including boxes. Shop online.

Depending on where you work, your employer may have boxes for you to use. Doesn't hurt to ask.

Sometimes, it's as simple as keeping old boxes (if you have the room for them) in the likelihood that you'll move someday. Or, rely on family and friends.

If you're moving within the Puget Sound region of Washington state and you're wanting to be more eco-friendly in your move, Seattle-based Karmaboxx offers a cardboard-free, low-cost alternative. Karmaboxx moving boxes are made of durable, recycled plastic. Simply visit and order online. Karmaboxx will deliver the boxes to you and pick them up when you're finished. And to give a helping hand to those in need, Karmaboxx donates a meal to Northwest Harvest for every $10 spent.

Lastly, you can pitch fellow military folks on Facebook asking for their leftovers. Search the following terms in the Facebook search bar: Fort Lewis Spouse Network and JBLM-McChord Field Spouse Group.

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