I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with IKEA.
On one hand, the furniture is pretty cheap (that’s always a win, right?). But on the other hand, the store can be hard to navigate, especially when it’s full of other people hunting for bargains! If you can’t sacrifice your love for savings, but want to know how you can stop wasting time and start saving more at IKEA, read on – this article is for you.
How to save time and money at IKEA
Get an IKEA Family Card
Pick up an IKEA Family Card at the front of the store, and you’ll get free tea or coffee when you visit the in-store restaurant, and a free frozen yogurt when you pick up your card for the first time. You’ll receive member discounts, and if you have kids, they get an extra 30 minutes in Småland. Sounds good to me!
Look for the “Last Chance” tags
These are bright yellow tags on items that have already been marked down from already low prices.
Make your shopping list online before going in store
You can make a shopping list on the IKEA website and have your items sorted in the order in which they are found in the warehouse – aisle, bin number and everything. Much easier than writing a note in your phone and scrambling for it in your handbag while trying to navigate your way around the store. Right?
Make returns in the morning
First thing, if you can. IKEA has a system similar to the DMV (groan), where you take a ticket and sit down and wait. So it’s to be first in and best dressed, before the line gets unbearable.
Buy wedding or party decorations at IKEA
When you’re throwing a party that requires some extra thought and preparation, IKEA is the place to buy decor items for cheaper than usual. Things like photo frames and candles are available at drastically cheaper prices than other major stores – for example, these pillar candles are only $1.99 for a 4 pack.
Make use of Småland
If you’ve got kids, this place is a Godsend. The first hour of Småland is free, and as mentioned above, kids get an extra 30 minutes of playtime in Småland if you have an IKEA Family Card. This is always a good time to relax and enjoy that free cup of tea or coffee.
Shop the “As-Is” section
This is an area of the store where the prices of items have been significantly reduced. Chances are, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this section at a drastically reduced price. The reason why? Items could be damaged, scratched, chipped, discontinued, returned by the customer or an item that has been on floor display. The best part? Shop the As-Is section on Wednesdays to get an extra 10% with your IKEA Family Card.
Sign up to IKEA’s moving program
When you sign up for IKEA’s moving program, you’ll get $25 off your next in-store purchase over $250. This is a great way to cut down on spending if you need to buy a new big item for your home.
Don’t go back in-store if you are missing parts
Avoid the DMV-esque line-up – there’s an easier way to get any missing parts straight to your mailbox. Look at the assembly instructions and figure out the missing part number, and call your local IKEA store to ask for replacements and they’ll mail them to you.
Shop the Handyman Corner
If you or hubby knows a thing or two about DIY, this section of the store will be a dream come true. You’ll find drawer fronts and shelves that could be made into something great at a ridiculously cheap price – think $2 each.