I Got it at Ikea!
Some stores are just loaded with deals. If you’ve never heard of Swedish giant Ikea, you’re missing out. Bonus? They have numerous store locations right here in the U.S. While it’s definitely one of those places you’ll need to “keep yourself in check” for, there really are some great deals to be had. Here are a few of my favorites.
1. Those giant bags of tea lights.
With five hundred in a package, the price has varied around the world. However, I don’t ever remember paying over the 5-6 dollar range. That being said, I haven’t had a chance to shop at Ikea since leaving Arizona. Prices may have shifted slightly, but I can’t imagine these still wouldn’t be a killer deal.
2. Stainless steel pots and cooking utensils.
Man, they have some super strong, quality pieces there. I’ve had my stuff for over 8 years and it’s still going strong. If you caught the post on dirt cheap gourmet kitchen design, Ikea is a great resource for getting started with some cooking infrastructure on the cheap.
3. Dirt cheap coffee mugs.
I know loads of these things abound from frugal holiday gifts and thrift stores, to trip souvenirs from a well meaning relative. But if you want to pick up a few that actually match, and don’t want to pay a bunch for them, Ikea has some simple designs for not a lot of money. The two times I’ve had to buy them from there were in Kuwait and Italy. Both times I paid roughly the equivalent of 50 cents USD.
4. High reaching grab hooks on sticks. OK, so I have absolutely no idea what these things are really called. Here’s what they are: An every day version of those things the store clerks use in retail clothing stores to get down hangars placed high up. I’ve never seen any other department store carry them. These are great for living in small spaces where you have to store things up high to save on floor space. While I don’t remember exactly what I paid for it, I’m pretty sure it couldn’t have been over twenty dollars. Girlfriend’s too cheap.
5. Mosquito nets.
Great for a beach yurt or rainforest getaway. Under ten dollars.
6. Magnetic knife bars.
Another batch of cool things we bought and then handed over to the movers. Can’t wait to get those bad boys back.
7. Under the cupboard rods and s-hooks.
This is another strategy I mentioned in the small spaces article. Various kinds available here for fledgling tightwad.
Lots of cheap options for various tastes are available. We are thinking of trying out those sliding miniature spot lights on the parallel cables that stretch across a room when we put up the new pad. Really low on floor space loss, and you don’t have to move them out of the way to clean. Score!
9. Pot lid racks.
They have a nice vertical one that screws to the wall. It’s under the ten dollar mark too, or was when I bought mine.
For two or three bucks they have them by the bin in multiple colors. One size fits all. Great for guests who may have forgotten theirs, they have skid proof rubber bottoms. Can you say spa day, anyone?
11. Clip frames.
Love these! Dirt cheap, and available in multiple sizes. Can you say loft decorating? They are also great for trip photos or any cool pics of your own that you might want to display and protect.
If you live with limited square footage and need to move from dumpy to divine on minimal dinars, this store is a killer resource. I know there are loads of other deals there. These are just some of my favorites in the “cheaper than dirt” category. Feel free to post your favorite Ikea bargain below.