IKEA is crack! It is an addictive drug for which there is no rehab.
Hello, my name is Kaye Kaye and I’m an IKEA-holic.
Sales, discounts, free stuff, specials…you name it, IKEA has it. They attract you with their sweet deals and prices. The items look cool online and in the catalog, but when you go see them in the store are they really that cool? YES!! The sales vary from store to store and so do some of the regular items in stock. To maximize my chances of getting a good deal and finding what I want, I plan to become familiar with all the stores in my reach. A true IKEA-holic not only knows where all the local stores are, but also knows the ins and outs of them as well. Like a crackhead knows good product and which dealer to go to, an IKEA-holic knows which store to go to and when. A lot of the research can be done online. Here are my findings…
These are the 4 stores I can easily drive to.
Has a few Special Offers, but nothing exciting. Most of the current specials are on smaller ticket items, nothing snazzy on sale here. I would go here if I were in the neighborhood or wanted to get out for a bit.
Like Store #1, this store has few Special Offers. IKEA Family Program member receive the bulk of the deals in this store. The current discounts are on larger and bigger priced items; great if you need a new 6-drawer dresser or mattress. The few smaller ticket items on sale were nothing to bark at, unless you are dying to get that new Side Pillow for $14.99 instead of the regular $16.99.
Store# 3 – My favorite!!
This store has many sales, Special Offers, and Last Chance Deals. You are more like to find a good bargain at this store than the rest. Sale and discounted items run the gamut from the smallest ticket items to the large ones. Last month kids ate free. I took my daughter with me to pick up a few things. Since she was such a good helper and we had such a good time in our favorite store, she got a free kids meal of her choice and I got a 2-hot dog meal with drink and chips for $2.50. My daughter also suckered me into buying 3 huge bars of chocolate for $5, a purchase we both enjoyed later.
I don’t think they know what a good sale is. Unless you are trying to restock your home office or need a couple of schools supplies for your kids, don’t bother wasting your time on this sale. This IKEA, on the surface, appears to be good for regular priced items. I will go here when I want to get out or if they have an item in stock that my local store does not have.
All or Most IKEA Stores
- Usually kids eat free on Tuesdays from 11am to close.
- If you are a member of the IKEA Family program, you child can stay in their babysitting area for an extra 30 minutes free of charge.
- The furniture is really easy to assemble yourself and the directions are very easy to understand.
- The frozen yogurt cones are only $1 are really good.
- The food in the restaurant is good and very affordably priced.
Any IKEA you go to will be more than adequate. It will behoove you to shop around for deals online before going. Remember, what is on sale at one IKEA is not necessarily on sale at another. The staff is friendly and helpful. Pick up a catalog while you are there or request one online…it’s free. This helps you plan your visit ahead of time and makes shopping easier. Another useful tool is the Shopping List. This feature is available online. You can shop the IKEA website, check product availability for your local store, and add item to your shopping list. This way, you know exactly where to find what you are looking for and if you have trouble, a staff member can help you. IKEA also offers a service where you can make your shopping list, pay for all your items, and an IKEA staff member will fill your order for you, gathering all your items either for delivery or for pick up later. Know that IKEA is good for a lot of things, but not for everything. Understanding that, will come in handy when it’s time to make a purchase.