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18 IKEA Shopping Tips That Will Save You Time And Money

What's big and blue and stressful all over?

1. Sign up for IKEA's moving program and get $25 off your next purchase of $250 or more.

2. Get an IKEA family card for discounts (especially if you have kids).

3. You also get free breakfast on Mondays before 11am.

4. And kids eat free on Tuesdays.

5. Shop the As-Is section on Wednesdays and get an additional 10% off.

6. But if you want the best stuff, check out the As-Is section on a Monday.

Most people return stuff on the weekends, so the stock will be bigger and not as picked over.

7. Look for those yellow LAST CHANCE tags.

8. If you get your stuff home and are missing parts, don't go back to IKEA.

9. If you've got DIY in your DNA, head to the Handyman Corner for drawer fronts and shelves that you could cobble into something great.

10. Make your shopping list online and print out a copy.

11. Enter through the exit door.

Once you've made your shopping list, there's no need to get seduced by the showroom or the marketplace. Go through the exit door and you'll land yourself right at the warehouse, with all the right aisle and bin numbers for everything you need.

12. Take advantage of Småland if you have children.

13. Buy IKEA on Amazon for little to no shipping on multitudes of items.

14. Buy wedding or party decorations like candles and frames at IKEA.

15. Check out the remnant bin for incredibly cheap fabric.

16. Make your furniture last longer with wood glue.

View this video on YouTube

This especially helps if, say, a shelf feels wobbly once you've put it together. However, just be aware that using glue will make it that much harder to dismantle for a future move.

17. Look out for the (up to) 20% off kitchen sale if you're in the market for new cabinets or appliances.

18. Make returns first thing in the morning.

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