Are you addicted to IKEA? Do you love browsing their "rooms" and strolling their marketplace aisles with the vision of completely overhauling your space? We are all guilty of it—thinking of and buying for the here and now—especially when living in city apartments where space is tight and measurements are never standard. If you're ready to break this habit and purchase handmade, quality furniture, read on for tips on how to save for those "added values."Purchase Less: Not every room has to be decorated to the max. Less is often more. Purchase less, save more.
Quality Over Quantity: If you focus on purchasing heirloom-quality pieces that compliment your style, you'll spend less in the long-run.
Budget: Find that item you love, then set aside weekly or monthly to save.
Time Equals Money: If you take your time to decorate and to make those special purchases, you'll love your items even more. The more time that passes, the more you'll save. See what Re-Nest writer Emily Ho has to say in her post On Buying Sustainable Plates...Slowly.
Eat at Home: Cook dinner and your other meals at home during the week and you'll save a ton. Oh, and bring your lunch to work!
Sacrifice: Look through your monthly expenses and determine what you can do without. Too many periodical subscriptions? Read them online or borrow them.
Discounts: Look for items on discount or ask a sales person about purchasing floor models. Are there any upcoming sales?
Rework Your Decorating Budget: If you've chosen all the items for a room and you're left with an IKEA-size budget for several pieces, reconsider your spending.
Used Options: Consider purchasing lovingly-used pieces. While traditional antiques often cost vast amounts more than their contemporary counterparts, not all vintage finds are outrageously priced. Keep up-to-date with Re-Nest's Scavenger Roundups.
Alternative Solutions: Ask yourself why you are purchasing IKEA. Are there other solutions? Perhaps you are purchasing IKEA to bridge the gap between now and the time when your handmade purchase can be made. Consider alternative solutions like borrowing this needed piece in the meantime.
(Image: Barrington Chair by Studio Dunn)