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There aren't many European stores that have found as much success in the United States as IKEA. Visit just about any neighborhood in America and a large percentage of residences are likely to have at least one item from the Swedish furniture store. The biggest reason for IKEA's dominance is low prices. It's one of the very few retailers that offers stylish home decor that is affordable enough for struggling college students, stretched families and fixed-income seniors to buy.
What many customers don't realize is that there are actually several ways you can get IKEA merchandise for even less than the already-low regular price. Check out the tips Dealspotr has provided below and your IKEA expenses will fall further than you thought possible.
The registration process to become an IKEA Family member is somewhat laborious, but IKEA definitely makes it worth your while with all of the benefits provided. Here's a step-by-step look at what is required to sign up:
Go to the IKEA Family sign up page on the store website.
Enter your email in the box and click "Join Now"
Complete the form asking you to divulge your name, mailing address and birthday.
Create a password and set a security question and answer.
At this point you will have a membership ID, but IKEA suggests you finish the subsequent optional steps to get the most out of the program:
Pick communication preferences. You can choose to get emails or text messages and/or join an IKEA customer panel in which you might be selected to participate in occasional store surveys. You can also sign up to be mailed the annual IKEA catalog.
Answer a few personal questions such as whether you are married, have kids and own a home.
Answer a few more personal questions about your income and education.
Once you are a IKEA FAMILY rewards member you get access to a wide range of perks. Check them out:
Exclusive Discounts: A new selection of products is put on sale every month only for IKEA FAMILY rewards members.
Complimentary Tea or Coffee: Rewards members can get one free tea or coffee on every visit to the store, regardless whether a purchase is made.
Food Discounts: Monthly offers are sent out for in-store IKEA Restaurant or Swedish Food Shop discounts.
Price Adjustment Protection: If an item bought by a rewards member goes on sale for a better price within 90 days, then the member can show the receipt to a store clerk and get refunded the difference. IKEA makes it easier to keep track of this by providing all rewards members with online access to their purchase history.
BOGO Yogurt: Pick up your IKEA FAMILY card from an in-store kiosk for the first time and you'll get a BOGO coupon for yogurt at the IKEA Bistro.
Sweepstakes Entry: IKEA holds a monthly $100 gift card raffle for IKEA FAMILY members. In order to be eligible, a member must have either made a purchase or checked in at an in-store kiosk.
IKEA FAMILY rewards members with kids get an extra 30 minutes of access to Smaland Time, which is the store's supervised children's play area.
They don't necessarily come all that often, but IKEA does periodically release promo codes that can be used for online purchases at IKEA.com and print coupons that can be used for in-store purchases. The value of these offers vary as do the terms and conditions, so you'll need to keep a keen eye out for them and then closely read the fine print when they finally arrive.
It's not widely known, but Amazon does in fact sell IKEA products and often does so at a major discount. You can regularly find IKEA stuff for up to 50% off and you can get free shipping for many of the items. The only caveat is that IKEA items tend to sell out very quickly on Amazon because they have minimal stock. If you find something you want, you'll need to jump on it right away. Also noteworthy is that IKEA items sold on Amazon are not Prime eligible, so don't expect 2-day shipping.
IKEA has a special $25 off coupon (minimum $250 in-store purchase) for anyone that is moving. IKEA FAMILY rewards members get the offer without any extra work required, but non-rewards members have to complete a short survey to get access to the coupon. IKEA also has a slew of resources available to help you with your move.
The most savvy IKEA shoppers are quick to cruise the As-Is department for incredible deals. This section is typically located near the cash registers and is sometimes somewhat hidden from view. The products placed in the As-Is section are usually returned, discontinued or slightly damaged, hence the big discounts. On the plus side, these items are already assembled, saving the hassle of putting them together yourself.
The best time to hit up the As-Is department is on Monday, because most of the store's returns come over the weekend and the section has yet to be completely picked apart by anxious bargain hunters on the prowl.
One of the easiest ways to get a quick 5% off on Ikea merchandise is to buy a discounted gift card from Cardpool.com. The site enables users to sell their unwanted gift cards at a reduced price. You can purchase either electronic, physical or mobile gift cards. Just make sure to remember the gift card when you go to the store or shop online. Currently, IKEA gift cards are out of stock on Cardpool.com, but you can sign up here to get an alert whenever it comes back into stock.