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Living Car Free Do you live car free or car light? Do you prefer to use alternative transportation (bicycles, walking, other human-powered or public transportation) for everyday activities whenever possible? Discuss your lifestyle here.

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Old 01-18-07, 10:04 AM   #1
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Moving without a car in winter is difficult

Right now I am in the process of getting ready to move about 3 miles from where I am at now. The VW Golf I gave to my next door neighbor in May of last year.

For the first time I have borrowed the car to collect cardboard boxes for moving. I will be using the car for moving as well. It sure will be nice to have as I can take only one box of stuff at a time on the bus. As the roads are ice and snow covered carrying boxes or milk crates on the bicycles is asking for trouble as I don't have studded tires. I will try to borrow a truck or rent one for the little bit of furniture I have.

The non-running motorcycle will be stored and fixed and hopefully sold in the spring.

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Old 01-18-07, 10:12 AM   #2
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Right now I am in the process of getting ready to move about 3 miles from where I am at now. The VW Golf I gave to my next door neighbor in May of last year.

For the first time I have borrowed the car to collect cardboard boxes for moving. I will be using the car for moving as well. It sure will be nice to have as I can take only one box of stuff at a time on the bus. As the roads are ice and snow covered carrying boxes or milk crates on the bicycles is asking for trouble as I don't have studded tires. I will try to borrow a truck or rent one for the little bit of furniture I have.

The non-running motorcycle will be stored and fixed and hopefully sold in the spring.

No more cars.
No more motorcycles.
No more debt.

Life is good
Good luck with your move! In case you didn't know it, U-Haul usually has a $19.00 one day rental for one of their crappier trucks, it might be easier to rent one for the day and do the move in one trip?
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Old 01-18-07, 10:47 AM   #3
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One way of looking at it is that it is actually easier. If you own a car you may feel the need to use it and spend undue time cramming as much into it and making many trips. If you don't you are much more willing to spend the $ saved being carless on renting a large moving truck to allow you to complete the move quickly and with much less hassle and less motoring.
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Old 01-18-07, 11:36 AM   #4
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Good luck with your move! In case you didn't know it, U-Haul usually has a $19.00 one day rental for one of their crappier trucks, it might be easier to rent one for the day and do the move in one trip?
+1 on the U-Haul

I'll be moving soon too. Although it's just down the block and except for a credenza and two futons, I could move everything with a hand truck, I decided to go with the U-Haul since then I don't have to worry about borrowed cars and I can do it in one trip.
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Old 01-18-07, 04:11 PM   #5
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Hmmm,maybe I will check into the U-Haul truck. I wonder how much added insurance and such costs? And the bus might get me there to rent the truck but it won't get me back as they quit running early.So I have to add taxi fare as well.
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U-Haul is the best bet with or without a car. Get it done in ONE TRIP.
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Old 01-18-07, 04:23 PM   #7
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In the end it will end up costing like 50 dollars if you do U-haul.
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Hmmm,maybe I will check into the U-Haul truck. I wonder how much added insurance and such costs? And the bus might get me there to rent the truck but it won't get me back as they quit running early.So I have to add taxi fare as well.
If it's not too crappy out to ride that day, you could ride your bike to uhaul, throw your bike in the truck, reverse the process when you're done.
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Home Depot will rent trucks by the hour.
there's also local services that'll come pick up your stuff and move it for you for cheap, check the yeallow pages if you're interested. I got my big heavy appliances moved last time for $40. Well worth it for me, but depends what kinda budget you're on.

Best of luck regardless!
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I realize that car-free living is many times combined with frugal living, self-reliance, and so on, but I find it interesting that we tend to think we have to do some of these things ourselves. With the money you have not spent owning a car, you could hire someone to move your stuff. Maybe a big moving company wouldn't want to do it, but, for example, where I live there is a business called "Two Guys and a Truck" that does small moving project.
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I realize that car-free living is many times combined with frugal living, self-reliance, and so on, but I find it interesting that we tend to think we have to do some of these things ourselves. With the money you have not spent owning a car, you could hire someone to move your stuff. Maybe a big moving company wouldn't want to do it, but, for example, where I live there is a business called "Two Guys and a Truck" that does small moving project.
I checked out the yellow pages. Just big national companies that will charge an arm and a leg. So I will take your suggestion and check out the local Nifty Nickel and those types of papers. There are plenty of unemployed and under- employed people who do this type of thing cheap. One month of car insurance money that I am now saving will pay for that.
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Plus, hurting your back can end up being VERY painful & expensive. Pay someone else to move you, good idea.
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Hmmm,maybe I will check into the U-Haul truck. I wonder how much added insurance and such costs? And the bus might get me there to rent the truck but it won't get me back as they quit running early.So I have to add taxi fare as well.
Just pedal there and throw your bike in the back of the truck. Then when you turn it in, take your bike along and ride home.

Yes, insurance etc will add to the cost of the truck, but if you don't have credit cards to cover the insurance, it may be worth it. So much is happening on moving day that smoothness and lack of worries are worth it.

Good luck on your move.
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I checked out the yellow pages. Just big national companies that will charge an arm and a leg. So I will take your suggestion and check out the local Nifty Nickel and those types of papers. There are plenty of unemployed and under- employed people who do this type of thing cheap. One month of car insurance money that I am now saving will pay for that.
This is what I would o if I had a lot of stuff to move. It might not cost more than the rental truck, especially if you have everything ready to go in boxes. You might want to supervise the job closely, especially if the mover isn't bonded or licensed.
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