When the world needs cheap furniture, the world goes to Ikea. The global furniture chain is a favorite for business and home life… and that makes it a natural for freelancers and the self-employed.
Visiting Ikea on a busy weekend can be a soul-crushing experience. But there are ways to hack your Ikea visit so it’s both pleasurable and an opportunity to save a few dollars.
Here are Almost Millions’ best tips for managing your Ikea visit:
Join Ikea’s loyalty program: Like many other large retailers, Ikea has a loyalty program. Members of Ikea’s Family Program receive special discounts, advance notice of sales, 90 day price protection, and more. You even receive free tea or coffee at the Ikea restaurant. With that said, you still have to pay for those addictive Swedish meatballs.
Use Ikea’s moving coupon: If you’re moving, Ikea offers a $25 discount on a $250 purchase. Ikea asks you for some personal information in exchange for the discount, but 10% off is nothing to sneeze at. Ikea also offers moving checklists which may also be helpful.
Ask for the missing parts: Rather than buying a new item if your old one breaks, ask at the customer service desk for missing parts listed in the assembly instructions. Make sure to have your instructions handy so you can ask for the exact part types.
Use store shortcuts: Ikea arranges store layouts so they are deliberately confusing. Wandering a labyrinth leads customers to, yes, buy more. But the Ikea maze of terror has a secret: Shortcuts which cut between different areas of the store. Although they’re intended for store employees looking to quickly move from Point A to Point B, these shortcuts help you navigate like a champ.
Buy Ikea items on Amazon: Many third-party sellers offer Ikea items on Amazon. Although the prices are usually more expensive than what you would see in a store, delivery prices are often cheaper. Purchasing Ikea furniture on Amazon, while it may cost more, often saves delivery costs.
Look out for the “Last Chance” items: Furniture tagged with “Last Chance” belong to lines which are being phased out to make way for new products. This means big savings for you.
Enter through the exit doors: Ikea’s exit doors are located right by the massive warehouse area where you pick up your furniture. If you’re crunched for time and know what you need, entering through the exit doors at Ikea makes life much easier.
Follow Ikea’s Facebook page: For American customers, IKEA USA frequently offers information on new products and discounts available both in-store and online.
Use online gift cards: Websites like Raise and Ebay offer Ikea gift cards from customers who no longer need them and are selling them at a loss. Although rates fluctuate, this generally means you can obtain a $100.00 Ikea gift card for $90-$95. Just be careful to make sure the card is legitimate and that you are purchasing from someone with a history of offering working gift cards.
Check out the ‘As-Is’ department: Ikea stores generally have a large As-Is department featuring items customers returned. You can find some amazing discounts there.
What are your favorite Ikea hacks? Let us know in the comments.