Welcome to a new column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen.
I’m a huge fan of IKEA, and not just because I spend the majority of my waking hours talking about budgets. I love the store because I believe that, if you know which products to look for, there is almost no better value for your dollar in terms of versatile, sturdy home goods. It’s not just about being affordable — it’s about being super-usable pieces for that affordability. And while there are certainly IKEA products that earn their occasional eye-rolls from the home decor community, someone who turns their nose up at the store in general simply doesn’t know what to look for.
Shopping at IKEA doesn’t automatically mean “buying that same tragic LACK side table everyone had in college” or even “buying anything made of particle board” — period. In fact, for your kitchen space, the store can be the ultimate lifesaver for making things cute and functional without taking a shredder to your wallet (or sacrificing on product quality).