If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I am a devoted Ikea fan. This has its disadvantages, to be sure, especially when my efforts to live frugally are waylaid by the presence right down the street of the big blue and yellow box. But there are lots of advantages as well, with plenty of opportunities for surprising frugal finds.
Sure, Ikea is mostly known for it’s inexpensive furniture (and maybe its Swedish meatballs too). I have discovered, however, that the treasure trove of other inexpensive things is not just limited to the Billy bookcase or Ektorp couch (both of which I own, bought used, thankyouverymuch).
Following are some great frugal Ikea finds. And finally, as a disclaimer should you be thinking that this post is a bit too much like a commercial for all things Ikea, I am in no way compensated for this post or promoting these products… except of course for those in my own Etsy shop.
I use the rolls of white Ikea paper for just about everything: wrapping packages for shipping, wrapping presents for giving, protecting the table from messy art projects, or even their intended purpose, drawing! And at $6.99 for 130 feet, you can’t find cheaper elsewhere.
Ikea has some beautiful fabric designs, in a variety of styles. I love to use their fabric in my Babycat Goods baby products. I find the fabric to be (mostly) of very good quality and long lasting. Here are some of my favorites.
The Stokholm Ruta, which is a heavy cotton fabric with a slight cotton sheen, is $7.99 a yard. I can no longer find it on the French website, which is a real shame, as I loved the look of it as a diaper envelope. Another favorite fabric, called Patricia, (shown in the picture to the left) is also $7.99 a yard.
Even better than the fabric, is the Ikea sewing machine! Did you know that Ikea made sewing machines? They don’t have them on the US website, so I don’t know if they are available in America, but in France a sewing machine sells for only â‚¬69.
Ziplock bags: $2.99 for 50 bags or â‚¬2.99 (again, buying in dollars is cheaper!) is a great price for good quality plastic bags. I use these all the time. Or what about this little glass jar for $2.99? My favorite frugal kitchen find however, has to be these plastic food storage containers. I use them for food, of course, but also for my kids’ art supplies.
One of the things that I like about Ikea’s toys is that they really focus on the creative process. They sell basic construction toys, train tracks or even drawing paper. Last year, I bought a building set for my son for $9.99. This toy kitchen set is going to be a gift this year (good thing my kids can’t read yet!). Another great kid’s product is this 18 piece cutlery set with six spoons, six forks and six knives for $1.99.
I know this post reads as a little bit of an advertisement for Ikea! I only intend to highlight some of the best bargains I have found while shopping there. While I don’t think any of these products merit a special trip to Ikea, if you happen to live near one these frugal finds are worth a look.
What are your favorite frugal Ikea finds?