After one (school) year in England, I have lots of stuff here that would better be stored at my parents’ big house. This includes books, souvenirs, books again, archives, clothes that I don’t use anymore, and so on. To do so, I need two things: strong cardboard boxes, and a cheap delivery service.
Guess what? I found both! For a cheaper price than I expected.
First, I got the cardboard boxes. I needed some strong boxes which won’t break during transport, but are big enough to hold my stuff, so regular boxes couldn’t fit. Being addicted to Amazon, I have many boxes from them, but they are usually weak as they are mostly made for clothes or light stuff.
How could I get better boxes? I could, of course, buy some at the Post Office Shop, but as you can see, it’s quite expensive especially if you need only a few boxes.
In the end, Amazon gave me the solution. They sent me an offer to try Amazon Pantry, with the first box free.
You may wonder what Amazon Pantry is, as it’s probably not the most famous service from Amazon. Here is an extract of their website:
What is Amazon Pantry?
Amazon Pantry is a store where Prime members can shop for groceries and household products in everyday package sizes. You can fill a virtual box of items from the Amazon Pantry store and have them conveniently delivered to your doorstep for a delivery fee of £2.99 for the first box and 99p for each additional box in the same order.
If I do not fill the box to 100%, will I be shipped a huge box with only a couple items in it?
Amazon Pantry boxes vary in size and can hold up to 20 kg. Your order will be packaged in an appropriate-sized box, based on the dimensions and weight of the items. This box could be anything from the size of a shoe box to as large as a suitcase.
Depending on the date you read this article, the offer may not be available anymore, but the first box is only £2.99 and the followings £0.99 each so it still worth the price.
To get the bigger and stronger box, I bought many packs of water, which are heavy and big. The good point is that prices are quite cheap. A pack of 8 bottles of Buxton (50 cl) is only £1.60, compared to £2 at Asda. You can also get 2L bottles of water from Morrison for 18p.
I basically paid 0.99 for two big strong cardboard boxes, and saved money on products that I would have bought in any case.
Now that we got the boxes, we need a carrier to send them to France. To find the cheapest one, I used a price comparator. You can find many on internet, but I personally used [https://www.parcel2go.com] to get my quotes. Here are the results, for one Amazon box filed with about 18 kilograms of books and various items:
You can increase the level of insurance as needed, and some services will even collect the boxes at your home.
What about you? How did you move back to France, or what carriers do you use when you send stuff to France?
Share your tips in the comment sections below this article.