Moving cross-country. No new address. No money... Yikes!
August 11, 2010 3:22 AM Subscribe
My girlfriend and I are shipping all non fixtures from our 1 bedroom apartment across the country. We will not have a new address until after we move. What is the best way to ship everything?
posted by 1awesomeguy to Work & Money (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
1) What is the cheapest way to ship everything? I do not care how long it takes, as long as it is affordable. I plan on doing some USPS media mail. What about non-media mail stuff? Is it best to use UPS, USPS, or FedEx? I hear UPS is cheaper for larger boxes.
2) What size boxes should I try to ship so everything is the cheapest possible? Many of the shipping companies charge more for boxes that are larger than a specific size. I have a lot of things I need to ship so what would give me the optimum size/cost ratio.
3) How do I ship my boxes without me having a physical address? I heard USPS offers a service where you can ship packages to their stores and pick them up with a valid ID (but then I would need to use USPS for everything). UPS has a mailbox service that accepts mail from all carriers. They will even hold it for you. The UPS mailbox has an extra charge, and I am not sure if they will sell me one over the phone or online...
Please share your experience (even experiences unrelated to shipping) if you have done a similar move.