Ikea can be a pretty fun day out for all the family, lusting over interior set ups and devouring cheap meatballs. It’s easy to get carried away, roaming around the various levels of the Swedish furniture store for hours and hours, piling your trolley extremely high with items you probably don’t need. For this reason, it’s most likely a trip you only make once or twice a year to avoid overspending.
However, there are ways to get around this and make each trip worthwhile without overdoing it. Read on for our Ikea money saving hacks…
Get an Ikea family card
An Ikea family card makes you an exclusive member, for free! By becoming a member, you will receive constant offers and discounts on a range of products to save you money. Other benefits include; free tea and coffee every Monday to Friday, regular treats and rewards and the opportunity to attend fun workshops and events and get involved with new projects. You will also be covered by ‘oops-assurance’, meaning if something you purchase from Ikea breaks, it will be replaced completely free of charge.
Utilise virtual reality
From wardrobes to rugs to plants, Ikea has something for every corner of your home. But, there is nothing worse than purchasing new furniture or accessories, only to get home and realise it doesn’t quite fit or match how you’d hoped it would.
Luckily, developments in technology have solved this problem. Ikea’s virtual reality app allows you to ‘try before you buy’, digitally showing you how something looks in a room before committing to the purchase. This means you waste less of your time and money and achieve the finish result you envisioned.
Measure up beforehand
If you haven’t got round to downloading and testing out the virtual reality app, at least ensure you use the good old-fashioned method of measuring. To avoid any disappointment, measure up the free space you are looking to fill before going into the store to purchase the item. This way, you can be certain that your new sideboard or TV cabinet will definitely fit in the desired space and you don’t have to waste time or money returning it in store or swapping it later down the line.
Check out the reduced goods
Did you know? Ikea places all their reduced items right by the tills so you can’t miss any great offers on the way out. Even if it isn’t something you originally went in for, it’s worth having a little look at any last minute bargains you can grab on your way out.
Take advantage of free childcare
Although Ikea may seem like a fun place for kids to run around and let off some steam, it isn’t always the most practical idea. They will usually get bored after 10 minutes and end up causing havoc, distracting you from the task in hand.
Ikea stores have a free crèche where you can drop off your kids for up to an hour whilst you shop. Plus, all staff are fully trained in childcare and first aid so you can be sure your child will be safe and happy in their care.
Bring your own bags
Whether you already own the highly recognisable blue or yellow Ikea bags or have substantial alternatives of your own, bring them with you when going into the store. Ikea bags cost 50p to purchase and you may need a few if you have gone on a large spree. Avoid the extra cost and think sustainably by bringing your own bags to take home your purchases in.
Sometimes, an Ikea trip is a necessity and not a luxury. If you are struggling to get the cash together and are in desperate need of a new wardrobe, a short term cash loan may be your best option. Get in touch today for more information or advice.