6 Deals to Remember When PCS'ing

A moving contractor loads a moving truck with a service member's household goods during the permanent change of station peak-season at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. March 7, 2018. (U.S. Transportation Command/Oz Suguitan)
A moving contractor loads a moving truck with a service member's household goods during the permanent change of station peak-season at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. March 7, 2018. (U.S. Transportation Command/Oz Suguitan)

When it comes to the military move, there are certain truths we all know. Moving dates are subject to change. Something you love will get broken. Babies don’t sleep well in hotel rooms. And you’re going to have some out-of-pocket expenses.

But you can find all sorts of deals to help lessen some of those pesky PCS expenses. Here are 6 deals to look into before, during and after your PCS move:

 

1. Storage

Are you planning a Do-It-Yourself or DITY move? Do you need to stash some of your stuff in storage? Before you store, remember to use the military discounts available from companies like PODS Moving and StorageCubeSmart, Oz Moving & Storage and SMARTBOX. Local storage facilities near you may offer discounts for military so make sure you ask wherever you go.

 

2. Transportation

If a DITY move is in your future, you're probably going to need to rent a moving truck as well. Penske and Budget Truck Rental offer military discounts on truck rentals to get you and your belongings where your orders take you.

 

3. Organization

Whether you're trying to set aside the personal items you don't want the movers to pack or you're attempting to figure out how to make the most of the space in the world's smallest closet, PCS moves go so much more smoothly when you're organized.

It's also essential to keep important documents such as copies of military orders, birth certificates, powers of attorney and packing checklists organized before, during and after your move. Store them all in one place by creating a PCS binder as soon as you as you start the moving process. 

Stores like A.C. MooreJo-Ann Fabric and Craft and Michaels have military discounts that can help with with any organizational needs you might have. 

 

4. Home Décor

Whether you sold some of your belongings so you would have less stuff to move, you're upgrading to a larger house, or your PCS is just a good excuse to redecorate, you're probably going to be shopping for items to decorate your new home. Whatever you're looking for, there's likely a military discount to help you out, including Kirkland'sBlinds ChaletCostcoHome Depot and Lowes.

 

5. Home Improvement

Unless you live in a perfect world where grass doesn't grow, pictures hang themselves and appliances don't break, you're bound to face some home improvement tasks when you reach your final destination. Both Home Depot and Lowes offer a year-round military discount to help you either spruce up the house you're trying to sell or turn your new house into a home.

 

6. Tech Support

Part of getting settled into your new home is hooking up computers and other electronics. But sometimes that daunting task requires some help. Need tech support? My Nerds offer military discounts.

 

Visit the Military.com Discounts Channel for more on military discounts.

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