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IKEA can be a one stop shop for all sorts of bargain priced home décor and home accessories. Whether you are in the market for new dishes, towels, or even a bed, you will find everything you could ever want or need at the IKEA store. And while you can score all sorts of quality bargains at IKEA, you should know that there are some IKEA purchases you should skip. Look below at 6 IKEA purchases you should skip so you can plan your IKEA shopping strategy better!
Shopping the IKEA Store – 6 IKEA Purchases You Should Skip
Pressed Particle Board Furniture
While you can find some good furniture deals at IKEA, stay away from the pressed particle board pieces. They can absorb moisture, warp, and break easily. Plus, these pieces tend to be tedious to put together. Stick to the wood and metal varieties and leave the particle board pieces on the shelf. You will be so glad you did!
Sure they are cozy, but the quality of IKEA mattresses are not worth the price. With so many discount stores out there selling mattresses now (Big Lots, and online retailers such as Amazon), chances are you can find a better deal on a high-quality mattress elsewhere. Don’t rush into an IKEA store mattress purchase without comparing prices and brands first.
Plus then you can save up your free Amazon gift cards to get your mattress either free or at a super great deal!
IKEA has all sorts of fun fake greenery, and while it is pretty you can find it for less at most craft stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. If you like the look of IKEA greenery, see if you can find something similar at your local craft store where you can use a coupon. Skip the IKEA offerings and head there instead.
The Ikea Store Bargain Hand Towels
Most IKEA stores have the 49¢ hand towels which are great for cleaning and crafting but don’t use them for everyday bathing and washing. They are quite thin and go threadbare quickly after just a couple of washes. Instead spend a bit more and get some of the plusher IKEA towels instead.
You can check out your local Dollar Store for hand towels, but this makes some people lists of 7 Items to Never Buy at the Dollar Stores, it seems hit or miss!
Some Children’s Items
I say some because not all the children’s items are a bad deal. You can find great deals on toys and furniture, but some of the crafting supplies tend to run higher than they would at a craft store. Take care when choosing any children’s items because you know they will be used roughly, so you want to be sure construction is quality.
The IKEA store has all sorts of cute plastic dishware, and while it is cute and cheap, it doesn’t fare well when paired against knives, dishwashers, and microwaves. Spend a tad more and buy the glass and pottery dishes instead. While breakable, they will last longer when it comes to knives and excessive washing.
if you are looking for a plastic non-breakable set we got a great one at Target last year and it's still going strong!
Head to IKEA for all sorts of deals and steals, but keep in mind that there are some purchases you should forget about. Remember these 6 IKEA purchases you should skip and save your money for the better quality selections they offer instead.
I am a Wife, mom to 4 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
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