We just moved and have moved several times... some ideas that may be of help...
-- as you are already doing but let me validate the merit of it
:: PURGE, PURGE, PURGE!
(friends, freecycle, public library, local charity, recycle, DUMP, etc)
-- pack with linens (towels, sheets, blankets) and clothes
-- pack dishes with inexpensive paper towels (no need to rewash items and with a little patience on the other end, you can reuse the paper towels
-- use your local freecycle group(s)
-- is there a craigslist in your area?
-- does your local newspaper offer a few lines of advertising for free? i was surpised when i discovered one local paper who does this
-- bookstores, liquor stores, grocery stores
If I think of anything else, I will let you know. Good luck!