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About 36 million Americans moved between 2012 and 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you’re in the process of moving, you’re probably juggling a lot of tasks, including worrying about the potentially high costs. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers these five tips for saving when relocating.

1. Sort through your stuff

Don’t pay to move belongings that you don’t need or want any more, or that won’t realistically fit into your new home. One of the things a mover’s estimate will be based on is the volume of possessions being transported, so you’ll want to pare down what you’re taking before you move. If your elliptical machine is dusty and covered with old clothes, it’s probably not worth paying to ship across the country. You may even find that a good purge is a profitable project if you sell your unwanted items at a garage sale or flea market. Another idea is to donate them to charity. Be sure to get a receipt so you can deduct your contributions on next year’s taxes.

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