What's the best frugal way to move from CA to NY? I am not moving furniture and I plan on driving my car, a prius, across country. I mainly have clothes, shoes, some small odds and ends, and electronics (laptops, computer desktop parts). I've gotten quotes from moving companies that range from $1200-$1600 which seems way too expensive. Admittedly, I have around a closet and a half of clothes (115 hangers). And I am moving across the country. I have to pay for the move.
Items like kitchenware, bed, desk, and etc I am just selling and buying new. Specifically I am moving from the Bay Area to Bronx, NY. If this isn't the right place to ask this question, please kindly tell me and suggest a new spot. I'll move it!
Sadly, many moving companies (as in all that I have spoken to over the phone, 8), charge a minimum. Generally it’s volume-based pricing unless you have some exceedingly heavy items, then you get charged extra. The minimum is generally 200 cubic feet. I say generally because that is my experience with all of the companies I have thoroughly looked into.
Just what is 200 cubic feet? 200 Cubic Feet Shipment - basically a small storage unit.
Realistically 100–150 cf is all I need (with 150cf being on the extreme end). I can’t say I have done a rigorous analysis on the space I need. However, again, the main volume is just clothes that can be neatly folded, stacked, and packaged. Odds & ends + electronics, I am confident could fit in 3 large fed ex boxes.