IKEA is designed to help you save money. Just their base prices are fantastic. By making a carefully planned trip you can walk out with some great savings. But a few extra steps can help you REALLY walk out the door with some bargain at your local IKEA.
Tip and Tricks to Save BIG at IKEA
Join IKEA FAMILY for extra savings.
Joining IKEA Family is your first step to big savings! You can join in store at a kiosk (like pictured above) or you can join online. It’s completely free to join and has tons of benefits- member exclusive products, special offers, food discounts, member only sales, ease with returns, price adjustments and more!
Check out the “As Is” Section
Believe it or not the brand new, not yet open location I visited had an “as is” section already. Items that were damaged in set up in that store are already up to 50% off! This section is near check out so if you want to just search the “as is” section head in the exit. Depending on the level of “damage” there will be some fantastic finds in there!
Grab a FREE Coffee
IKEA FAMILY members can get a free cup of coffee or tea in the restaurant. Just grab a mug and present your card to the cashier at checkout—no purchase necessary.
Take Advantage of the FREE Child Care
IKEA provides a free hour of daycare for shoppers who bring kids along. You’ll find this area, known as “Smaland,” at the front of the store.
It’s for older kids a little more capable of taking care of themselves. Children must be between the height of 37″ and 54″ and be toilet trained. No bare feet are allowed so be sure to bring socks. They use a sticker system apparently so don’t lose it.
AND if you are an IKEA FAMILY member present your IKEA FAMILY card and get an extra 30 minutes for free!
Kids Eat FREE on Tuesdays
Plan to visit on a Tuesday. When you do, you’ll get 2 free Kids’ Meals with the purchase of an adult entree. You must present an IKEA FAMILY card at checkout to take advantage of this deal. This deal begins at 11 a.m.
Want to know more about the store? Check out A Sneak Peak at the New Norfolk IKEA Part TWO: The Store.
Look for IKEA FAMILY Meal Deals
Each month, IKEA introduces new deals on specific food items in the restaurant and Swedish food market. This can be anything from a $1 breakfast plate to an $8 family meal. You must present your IKEA FAMILY card to take advantage of these offers.
IKEA has, by far, one of the best price adjustment policies. You have up to 90 days to request a refund if an item you’ve purchased goes on sale. The item must have been purchased with a free IKEA FAMILY loyalty card to qualify for this price protection.
Shop on Off Days
Lines at IKEA can get ridiculous. Try to get there when the store opens on a week day to have the best luck leisurely walking through the store. This way you can make smart decisions instead of impulse buys!
Enter Through The Exit
Have Missing Parts Mailed for FREE!
If you find there are missing parts in your order, IKEA will send you them for free. You’ll need to email customer service with information like your full name, address, the 8-digit article number for the product, and transaction information. Find the complete list of information along with a link to their customer service email here.
If you’re trying to get ahold of customer service at your nearest location, try calling first thing in the morning or later in the evening. I find I always get through right away around 7 PM at my local IKEA.
They also fed me. So if you are interested in the food check out A Sneak Peak at the new Norfolk IKEA Part One: The Food.
Sign Up For The IKEA Moving Credit
Sign up for the Ikea moving program and you’ll earn $25 when you make a $250 purchase or buy 2 pieces of furniture. Not a problem when furnishing a new place.
The IKEA moving program is a series of emails that offer calendar alerts to ensure you’re organized, moving checklists so you’re prepared from start to finish, tons of moving advice, the $25 discount mentioned above, and more.
What did I miss? How else do you save at IKEA?