Marriott Alumni Magazine

Winter 2014

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By the Numbers by Celia Shatzman On the Move Anyone who’s ever had to relocate knows there’s a lot more to it than just stacking boxes and going through roll after roll of packing tape. Moving can also burn a hole in your wallet. To make transporting your stuff as easy—and affordable—as possible, we’ve done the heavy lifting and assembled these money-saving facts. 16.7 million The approximate number of American households that move annually. Since so many of your fellow countrymen are moving, it’s simple to snag free boxes, bubble wrap, and other packing supplies on Craigslist. If gratis goodies are unavailable in your area, do the planet—and your wallet—good by buying high-quality used boxes at Source: US Census Bureau 20% The additional percentage it costs to move during the summer. It’s not just about where you move, but when. Prepare for an off-season residence change by hosting an end-of-summer garage sale to purge unnecessary items and pad your bank account. Don’t restock your garage with items that don’t sell, though. Donate the leftovers to charity and snag a tax deduction in the process. Source:

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