Love a shopping trip to IKEA? Who doesn’t? The next time you’re planning on shopping for some affordable furniture, make sure you’re doing it in the smartest way possible. These shopping secrets will not only save you time, but they’ll also save you some of your hard earned cash, too. We all know that IKEA can be a challenging store to navigate, but not anymore!
Here are IKEA shopping secrets to know the next time you shop.
Make your shopping list online
Of course it’s a great time to walk around the IKEA marketplace, scoping out your next find, but when you want to get in and out of the store as quick as possible we got a tip for you. Make your shopping list online on the website, print it off, and bring it with you.
Join the IKEA Family program for exclusive discounts
Joining the IKEA Family is probably one of the best decision you’ll ever make. Not only is joining the program completely free, but you’ll be rewarded with exclusive discounts on various items. Plus, you can snag free hot drink every time you visit your local IKEA.
Shop the As-Is section for even better discounts
If you’re looking for even sweeter deals, head to the as-is section. While you might have to do a little digging, everything in this section is full of new items in opened boxes, or barely-used product with minor scratches or dents. Insiders say to shop this section on a Monday as most people make returns over the weekend.
Keep an eye out for the bright yellow last chance tags
Items marked with a yellow tag means this is your last chance to buy them. These items are either being discontinued or will be transferred out of the store to make room for new products.
Weekday mornings are the best time to shop
This might go without saying but don’t expect IKEA to be quiet on a weekend. Sources say that weekday mornings, especially Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, are the best time to shop if you’re looking for a stress-free shopping experience.
Don’t forget about price protection
Bought some awesome home decor last week but now everything is on sale? IKEA Family members are able to get a refund on the price difference if the issue is brought to the stores attention within 90 days plus with a receipt.
Product tags tell you much more than just the price
Pay close attention to an items price tag. In addition to (obviously) telling you how much it costs, the tag will also tell you product’s size, colour, material, measurements, features, and its location in the warehouse.
Don’t sleep on the spare parts section
Lost a screw when putting together your IKEA bookcase? Don’t sweat it. Head back to the store and look for the Spare Parts section where you can grab whatever missing parts you need, free of charge.
If you’re in a hurry, start your shopping at the exit
While strolling through the showroom is super fun, if you’re in a time crunch and know exactly what you need, start shopping at the stores exit. This way, you not only avoid slow-walkers but also all the impulse buys that we all know IKEA is famous for.
You can ask for a price adjustment
Did you know that if any item you bought at IKEA goes on sale within 90 days of your purchase, you can bring in your receipt to get the difference refunded to you. How sweet is that?
IKEA has free daycare
IKEA understands that most of its customers are parents and it can be challenging shopping with a cranky toddler. Drop off your kiddo at IKEA’s Småland which is a free supervised play area where parents can drop their kids off for up to an hour, or for up to 1.5 hours if they’re an Ikea Family member.
Get a moving discount
IKEA has a program that you can get a $25 discount on a $250 purchase if you’re dealing with a major life change. Not only do you get the discount, but once you sign-up you’ll get checklists and inspo boards from the store, which’ll make shopping at IKEA even easier!
Return items in the morning
At IKEA, some customers may be dealing with broken furniture pieces or even missing parts, so to avoid those long return lines, get to the store ASAP. If you can head over to your local IKEA as soon as it opens, then you’ve got a greater chance of making your return and getting out as quickly as possible.
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