How to buy smartly in IKEA

How to buy smartly in IKEA

If you are lucky enough to have an IKEA store in your neighborhood, you may find yourself spending every other weekend strolling through their endless aisles, checking for stuff that you will not require in this decade or the next. It seems that is no way to get out of the store after purchasing only the items you had in mind.

Each time, you end up spending more money and time than you had bargained for. However, the good news is that with a little planning and attention to detail, you can easily find the best deals on products and make the best use of your time.

  • IKEA website: Not all products that you desire are listed on the IKEA website, but you can use the website to plan your shopping adventure. You can go through the products and decide your purchases beforehand. The IKEA app is the perfect place to save and sort your wish list.
  • Store location: If you can easily commute to two or more IKEA stores, then consider yourself super lucky. You can easily compare discounts and deals available in the two locations to get the best deals.
  • Exit door: If you are in a hurry and would like to skip the showroom, you should try the exit door. While the main entrance forces you to visit the showroom so that you end up wasting a lot of time ogling the displayed items, the exit door leads you straight to the elevators where you can easily travel to the section you wish to go to.
  • Shortcuts and inner rings: Look for shortcuts on the IKEA store map to save time. Most IKEA stores feature an inner ring that allows you to bypass several aisles to reach the desired section.
  • IKEA family card: You can get handsome discounts by signing up for IKEA family cards, which come without any cost.
  • Moving programs: Every IKEA store has a moving program, which offers a 10% discount. You will have to furnish your details in order to avail this discount.
  • Super savings: Every IKEA store offers a special discount on all products across the board on a particular day of the week. Although your local store may be bustling on these days, it is still a good time to get good deals.
  • Last chance tags: Pay attention to the yellow last chance tags on the products. It is a genuine tag, which informs users about the products and discounts that are going to be discontinued soon. The discounts can vary from store to store but they typically offer great deals.
  • Kitchen sales: IKEA typically throws a big kitchen sale three or four times a year, and you can get up to 20% off during this time.
  • As-is section: You can pick up some great deals in the as-is a section which features returns and slightly damaged products. In most cases, the products are as good as new and the damages are mostly unnoticeable. The attractive discounts in this section are difficult to ignore.

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