Last year the FDIC published some useful tips on bank safe deposit boxes including the reminder that FDIC insurance covers only sflimoexpress.net, and not the contents of safe deposit boxes.
A recent article on safe deposit boxes mentioned the typical rental costs of safe deposit boxes to be from $100 to $300. From my experiences you should be able to get a small safe deposit box for much less than this. And don't forget that many credit unions offer safe deposit box rentals. I only pay $12.50/year for a small box at my local credit union.
Another way you can get a deal on a safe deposit box is if you have a premium checking account at a bank. A premium type of checking account can often be free of monthly fees if you have a high enough balance in a CD. A free safe deposit box is a common perk with these checking accounts. However, it's typically only free for a small box. So if you need more space or if the bank doesn't have any more small boxes left, you may still have to pay.
When I opened a 5% 3-year Wachovia CD back in 2008, the banker upgraded my checking account to the premium checking version which qualified me for a free safe deposit box. Since my credit union safe deposit box had a low cost and was more convenient for me, I passed on the deal.
One useful tip mentioned by the FDIC is to use zip-lock bags for contents in a safe deposit box. If flooding occurs, your contents won't get water damaged.
In addition to storing important documents, I also store a backup of my hard drive in the safe deposit box. I don't have many pictures or videos so I'm able to store all my electronic documents on a USB flash drive. Each year, I'll replace the old flash drive with a new flash drive of the latest contents of my hard drive.
Do you have any tips about saving money on safe deposit boxes or what to keep in them?