- As Is Section – This has to be my favorite part of Ikea. The As Is section is comprised of items that have been returned, floor samples, damaged items and discontinued items. The deals that can be found here are incredible at times. I found my office desk in there for $9.99! This desk was originally $150 so despite it have a good sized dent on the back of the desk I scooped it up without much thought. I will say typically the savings you find in the As Is section are only a savings up to 50%. I have noticed that if items are unbuilt and still in their boxes with damage that is when you find the deep discounts. Now the sign located outside of the section says that there is no bargaining however, we have found there is some wiggle room with that. We bought a sofa recently that was only marked down 40% percent and we got them to come down to 50%. I have heard from the associates that they are allowed to come down to 50% but anything greater than that a manager would need to do it.
- Ikea Family Card – Is a powerful card and it comes at no cost to you! You can signup online at Ikea.com or at in store kiosk. So you may be asking what perks does this card give me? Well the list is a long one! Every month Ikea release special discounts available to Ikea Family Card holder only. Be on the lookout for their monthly emails or the signs posted on the select items in store. Monday through Friday you can pickup a free coffee or tea with your membership card. The Ikea Family Card also qualifies you for an extra 30 minutes of time in the child care center, Småland. You get an extended 90 price protection on your purchases with the Family Card, so if the price of an item you purchase drop within 90 days you can return to store for a refund of the difference. Lastly, every time you purchase something and have your Ikea Family Card scanned you are entered into a drawing for a $100 Ikea Gift Card!
- Craigslist – I never make a furniture purchase without scoping out our local craigslist first. People are constantly have moving sales and we are within a hour of a major university that has college kids dumping furniture at the end of every semester! We have found so many amazing deals on bookcases, outdoor patio furniture, ect. I can’t stress enough how great it is to have Craigslist in your savings tool bag!
Ebates has turned out to me a huge money saver for our family. I will admit that I was skeptical at first, I mean who else is going to pay you money to shop?!? I signed up last October and have already gotten $45 back in cold hard cash! Their program is very simple; it requires minimal work from you in order to get that quarterly cash back check in the mail.
How do you save money with Ebates
How does Ebates work? First you need to setup an account by going here. Once you have an account created you can start shopping! Ebates has partnered with over 1,800 stores, so odds are most if not all of the places you currently shop with online will be a partner. It’s important that every time you want to purchase online you go to Ebates first and click the start shopping link of the store. There are a couple of ways you can find a store. First, you could just type the store you are looking for into the search bar. Second, you could click the “All Stores” link in the top navigation and scroll through their list of all their options. Third, you could simply use one of the featured store links on the homepage. Below is example of a couple options I could use if I wanted to shop at Kohls and earn cash back.
Ways to maximize you Ebates cash back
If you want to maximize your savings it’s best to sign up for Ebates’ emails. Every day Ebates has what they’ve dubbed the daily double. A daily double is when the percentage of cash back is double the typical amount. Taking advantage of the daily double is always a great time to maximize your savings. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no guarantee that the percentage back for any store will stay the same. Keep in mind, Ebates is constantly changing their percent back and there are even times when store will stop having a percent back all together.
Examples of big cash back savings on Ebates
Where do I save the most? Good question! I find that I save the biggest at Petco; we have quite a few cats in our household and they are always in need of food and litter. If you sign up for the Petco Pals program you can combine big savings from Petco with savings from Ebates (I have seen 6% back at Petco before!). As a result, stacking Petco sales, Petco’s Pals 5% back program and Ebates can really cut down the costs of your furry household members!