6 Things To Do After You Move to a New State
This post was sponsored by Groupon, all opinions are my own!
Guys. It’s finally here. The last weekend in the Deep South before we pack up and head back West. We’re spending all day today and tomorrow packing and cleaning and head out first thing Monday morning! This summer has been so crazy, filled with a lot of ups and downs, has pushed Dustin and me to the very breaking point at times, and has made our marriage stronger by the end of it all. (More on this later)
This will be our 5th move in the last year and a half, and yes, we’re a little crazy and a little tired of it all. We’re hoping to make this move a bit of a permanent stick, so fingers crossed! Regardless, we do have moving down to a science, so today I wanted to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way when it comes to moving to a new state! These are things I never thought to do when we did our first big move, so I’m not sure how many other people realize they have to do it, too!
6 Things to Do After you Move to a New State
Update your Banking Information
It used to give me a panic attack when I tried to order something online and, after putting my new address in the billing address section, my card was denied. Turns out there was nothing wrong with my card, I just hadn’t updating my address with my bank, so the billing information didn’t match up! Make sure you update your bank information with your credit cards, too!
Update your Car Insurance Policy
Each state has different regulations when it comes to what kind of car insurance you have to have, so it’s important to call and update your car insurance with the new address. When we lived in Arizona, we were required to have glass protection for our windows and windshield. We don’t have to have that in Utah, but we were required to add a different kind of liability to our policy. Unfortunately, your insurance payments can change depending on your new state, but luckily with this move, ours is going down by 16 dollars!
Change your License
Since we’ve been moving so much, we haven’t changed our licenses every time, but since we’ve been bouncing around for so long, we definitely are planning on switching everything over to Utah when we get there. It’s good to research what you’ll have to do to switch your license. In Idaho, I had to retake the written exam and in Utah, we’ll have to do that as well. The difference is that the Utah test is open book, so hooray!
Update your Pet’s Microchip Information
SO important to do this! Just yesterday, Dustin and I found a sweet older pup wandering around in the middle of our apartment complex. He had on a collar, but no tags. We had animal control come out and scan for a microchip and he did have one, but the last time the information was updated was in 2004 and the address was in California! Call your microchip company right after your move and make sure the information is correct!
Get your Oil Changed
If you’re like us and driving your car across a few states (and towing) it’s a good idea to give your car some TLC after you get into your new state. Oil changes can be a little pricey, but that’s why I always check Groupon Coupons when it’s time for an oil change. They have some pretty amazing deals and I often can get my oil changed for 20 dollars or less!
Update your Wardrobe for your New State’s Weather
Dustin and I have lived in Arizona and Louisiana for the past year, so we got rid of our cold weather clothes a while ago. Now that we’ll live in a place with winter, we’ll have to go stock up on some new sweaters and coats! Buying a new wardrobe can be expensive, but once again, this is where Groupon Coupons comes to play. Groupon has SO many deals for many of the stores we shop at like Kohls, Nordstom, and Maurices.
Before moving to Arizona, Dustin and I never used Groupon because we though we had to live in a big city to be able to use it (I’m not sure why we thought that, haha.) Since our time in Arizona, though, we’ve been able to use Groupon a ton and we’ve saved a lot of money in the process. We even got to go horseback riding for under 30 dollars when my mom and sister came to visit us in Arizona! I never go shopping without checking Groupon first and I highly encourage everyone else to do the same especially when you want to save a little bit of money!
Okay, holla at me below: have you moved to a new state before? Have you tried Groupon before? How did it all work out?