We just finished moving (again) and now consider ourselves mini experts on the subject. This is the first in a series of tips on moving in the Bay Area.
Laundry baskets and a few orange boxes from the grocery store worked fine when we were in college but now that we are starting to amass things we need boxes, and a lot of them. Bay Area Box Express not only offers moving boxes at half the price of Uhaul but better yet, they will deliver them to your house!
And we always would rather support a local business than a national chain. Just make sure you arrange for the boxes a week in advance so there is time to have them delivered. The most cost effective (and green) way is of course, to scavenge for boxes in dumpsters. We also check Craigslist for someone selling or giving away used boxes.