Ikea might just be the top home furnishing store for frugal folks across the nation.
The products are stylish but inexpensive — as long as you don’t mind using a little elbow grease to assemble them.
People trying to save a buck love Ikea’s low prices. But learn a few tricks and you can hang on to even more cash at the popular retailer. Following are a few ways to save more at Ikea.
1. Enjoy complimentary child care
Ikea describes itself as a “store where the whole family is welcome,” and the retailer underscores that message with gratis child care. According to Ikea:
Småland is a play area where children can feel Swedish forest atmosphere. While they are playing, you can enjoy your shopping experience knowing your children will be safe and cared for.
There is no charge for the first 60 minutes, and children ages 4 to 10 are welcome.
2. Join the Ikea Family rewards program
Enroll in Ikea Family, and you will be eligible for “rewards, benefits and discounts that connect you with relevant IKEA products, services and experiences.”
- Discounts on products “from food to furniture.”
- Free coffee or tea in the in-store Ikea Restaurant.
- Extra time in Småland for your kids.
- Eligibility to enter a monthly drawing for a $100 gift card.
- A birthday treat.
- Ninety-day price protection — meaning that if an item drops in price within 90 days of your purchase, you can be refunded the difference.
3. Sign up for Ikea’s moving program
Planning a big move? Ikea can help if you sign up for its moving program.
You will be able to set up alerts to keep yourself on track prior to your move. You’ll also be able to access checklists so you don’t forget anything.
Best of all, you’ll receive $25 off your next purchase of $250 or more.
4. Shop the “as-is” section
Bargain hunters should be sure to stop by the “as-is” section at Ikea stores. Here, you can find deals on all kinds of items.
According to Apartment Therapy:
“… once a week, most IKEA stores offer a 10%-off as-is section discount. However, that day varies from store-to-store, so your best bet is to call your nearest IKEA to find out what day of the week you can score an even bigger markdown.”
Also, many Ikea fanatics say Monday is a great day to shop the section, after people have used the weekend to return items.
5. Get discounted gift cards
When you shop Ikea — or many other major retailers — you can cut costs even further by using gift cards purchased at websites that sell them at a discount.
We’ve seen Raise.com and Cardpool.com sell Ikea gift cards at a discount of 5 percent or more. However, these bargain gift cards are just as popular as Ikea itself, so sometimes both sites are sold out of Ikea cards.
A comparison website called Gift Card Granny will tell you which of these marketplaces is selling a certain retailer’s gift cards for the lowest price at any given time. So, always visit Gift Card Granny before buying a discounted gift card.
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