Ikea Impulse Buys That Never Were

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  October 8, 2012 — 2 Comments

I think Nicholas and his distaste for spending money must be rubbing off on me. During our trip to Texas this weekend I went to Ikea with a $250 budget and only spent $95! Can you believe it? I always go into that place expecting to come out with a bunch of stuff I had no idea I needed, but not this time. I did see several items that I liked, I just didn’t want them enough to buy them! I’m pretty sure that never happened in the first 25 years of my life. But I thought y’all might like to see the stuff that almost made it into my cart. Without further ado, the ones that got away…

Aspelund Chest {$79.99}

I’ve been thinking of replacing one of the bedside tables in our room with a low chest like this one to better match the proportions of the space, so when I realized my total at the checkout was going to be coming in so much lower than expected I almost decided to reward myself with this little beauty. I’m still not exactly sure what held me back from hoisting that flat-pack into my cart. I think it was maybe 1) that I have never bought a dresser from anywhere but craigslist and 2) it felt wrong to spend eighty bucks on something without thinking about it a bit more first. See? That is totally not something I would have said a few years ago. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Barometer Work Lamp {$29.99}

So pretty! But I didn’t need it and didn’t want to spend $30 on a lamp.

Råskog Kitchen Cart {49.99}

I mostly just loved the pretty blue color. But again, I didn’t need it. And come on, fifty dollars? I could eat at my favorite gyro/hummus place nearly ten times for that much money.

Pluggis Recycling Bin {$6.99}

At a little bit bigger than 12×12, I thought that these might come in handy for organizing my pantry (kind of like this, although she used a different Ikea product) or other random areas around my house. But, since I couldn’t be positive the size would work well without measuring and, again, I knew $7 could get me a gyro, hummus, and a coke (with a dollar and change to spare), I decided to pass.

Ikea PS 2012 Cushion

Vilmie Rund Throw {$14.99}

I was really feeling the polka dots. I actually told Nick that I was definitely going to buy that pillow until we got down to the marketplace area and I found myself emotionally unable to toss it into the cart. The colors just didn’t feel quite right to me, maybe because they’re so punchy and bright and we’re heading into fall? Colors were the death of that throw, as well. I feel like black and white just doesn’t really work in our house. So I passed. Shopping by color is one of my best tactics, I think. I’ve always heard that when shopping for clothing you should consider how any single piece will work with other items in your closet. I do the same thing with home decor by sticking to a relatively limited palette of rich and punchy blues, greens, yellows, purples, and a few select neutrals. If you look around here, you’ll see almost no pastels or primary shades, and colors like red and orange are nowhere to be found (pink has a minor supporting role, usually in the form of flowers). This way I never find myself dropping hard-earned cash on something that’s totes adorbs but looks stupid in my house.

Later this week: the stuff I did buy! Just as soon as I assemble it.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


2 responses to Ikea Impulse Buys That Never Were

  1. I shopped the same way on Magazine St.
    On Friday. Bought a T shirt and a cute little something for pumpkin. I could have done some real damage, but decided to sleep many nights on it. Did like the items you almost bought. You can always go back!

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