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May 18 2017
4 months ago
1:51 PM MDT

22 Home Depot Money-Saving Shopping Secrets

May 18, 2017 @ 1:51 PM MDT
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Whether you’re purchasing paint or planning a full kitchen remodel, you can save BIG at The Home Depot if you know how to shop! Not to mention it is the world’s largest home improvement retailer and was recently named as one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies for 2017 (pretty cool huh?!). But, before shopping at The Home Depot, check out these money-saving tips to save BIG…


1.) Sign Up for $5 Off $50 Mobile Coupon

Go here and sign up for Home Depot Mobile Alerts and you’ll get a coupon on your mobile device for $5 off your $50 in-store purchase, valid for 3 weeks after signing up. If you’ve signed up for mobile offers in the past, try texting STOP to 65624 first and then go here to sign up again.


2.) Join Garden Club for $5 Off $50 Lawn & Garden Coupon

You can also get a $5 off $50 Lawn & Garden purchase coupon by joining The Home Depot Garden Club! Just be sure not to click on the coupon in your inbox more than 3 times or you will lose access to it. By registering for the club, you’ll also get access to over $300 in email exclusive savings, monthly lawn and garden ideas tailored to your region, outdoor project planning tools, and more!


3.) Subscribe to Emails for Another $5 Off $50 Coupon

You can get another $5 off $50 in-store purchase coupon by subscribing to The Home Depot Email Alerts! Just be sure not to click on the coupon in your inbox more than 3 times or you will lose access to it. By registering for The Home Depot Emails, you’ll also get access to special promotions, exclusive offers, how-to project information, fun design ideas and more.


4.) Sign Up for PRO Alerts for Yet Another $5 Off $50 Coupon

AND, If you’re running a business (technically anyone can sign up), you can get another $5 off $50 in-store purchase coupon by subscribing to The Home Depot PRO Alerts! Just be sure not to click on the coupon in your inbox more than 3 times or you will lose access to it. By registering for The Home Depot PRO Alerts, you’ll also get exclusive offers, PRO-only coupons, new product updates and more.

Also, if you’re making large purchases, consider signing up for the PRO Xtra Loyalty program where you can get volume discounts, earn paint rewards, keep track of your purchases in one place & more!

Basically, you should never shop at The Home Depot without a $5 off $50 coupon in tow as you can use them on Clearance items AND there are lots of easy ways to score these awesome coupons!


5.) Take Advantage of 110% Low Price Guarantee

For in-store purchases, if you find a current lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any retailer, The Home Depot will match the price AND beat it by 10%. Just bring in the ad, printout or photo with you to the register for validation. Note that this guarantee excludes closeouts, liquidations, special order, clearance and open-box merchandise, John Deere and Cub Cadet products, labor and installation, sales tax, rebate and free offers, typographical errors and online purchases.

For online purchases, HomeDepot.com will price match items without the additional 10% Low Price Guarantee discount, but they must be available from the competitor to ship to customer’s location.


6.) Scope Out the Clearance Sections First

When heading in-store, be sure to browse through the clearance sections in various departments of the store for discounts 75-80% off or more (these items will be marked with yellow tags).

Also, be sure to look for Reduced Tag Savings with 10% discounts on top! These items are usually floor models or store-return items in workable condition but may have a missing part or small flaw.

If you can live with the defect or know how to fix things yourself at a fraction of the cost, you’ll get a really great deal PLUS you can always ask for a possible further discount from a manager.


7.) Know How to Read the Yellow Price Tags

The Home Depot only uses yellow tags to mark clearance items, but you’ll want to make note of the prices before making a clearance purchase! For instance, clearance prices ending in $.06 indicate that these items have hit their second markdown cycle and have 6 weeks left until the next price change.

Clearance prices ending in $.03 indicate a final price reduction. If these items don’t sell within 3 weeks from when the yellow tag was first printed, they are often pulled from the shelves and donated to charitable organizations. However, many times these items are left on the clearance racks for sale, so if you find these items at your store, you can usually score fantastic savings!


8.) Bring In Your Dead Perennials, Trees and Shrubs

Can’t keep plants alive? No worries as The Home Depot offers a 1-year guarantee on perennials, trees and shrubs! Let’s say you purchased a tree in-store and go home and plant it, but it dies within the first year of planting it, you can actually dig it up and bring it in-store for a replacement or refund.

If you purchased live goods online (including, but not limited to, houseplants, perennials, trees, holiday trees, wreaths and garlands) and they are damaged or dead when you received them, be sure to contact Customer Support at 1-800-430-3376 within 3 days of delivery and they will ship a replacement at no charge. This policy does not apply to cut flowers or floral arrangements.

Hip Tip – Usually towards the end of the summer, you can find racks in the Garden Center with plants that are wilted or not as pretty as others for a fraction of the cost. With their 1-year guarantee, don’t hesitate in buying these plants as you’ll save a bundle and can return it if it dies!


9.) Buy Wood Scraps for Small Projects at an Extra 70% Off

Need a small piece of wood for an upcoming project but don’t want to purchase an entire piece of lumber at full price for it? Locate the Cull Lumber rack at The Home Depot where you’ll find pieces of wood marked with purple paint and these items are usually an additional 70% off at checkout!

Keep in mind that cull lumber are pieces of wood that are usually leftovers from a previous customer or may possibly be damaged. But if you’re just repairing a small section of a dog house that is sitting out in the backyard and likely to get chewed up in the future, it may be just what you need, right?


10.) Know What Things to Buy (and What to Avoid)

According to Time.com, some of the best things to buy at The Home Depot are Behr paint, patio furniture, lighting & ceiling fan fixtures, LED light bulbs, plants, Char-broil gas grills and more! As you can see from the photo below, I spotted nice clearance deals on various ceiling fans at my store!

However, some of the worst things to buy are home decor, cleaning supplies, kitchen accessories, Glidden paint, Brinkmann grills, Home Legend flooring, select humidifiers and HDX paper towels.


11.) Shop the Special Buys for Big Savings

Keep your eyes peeled for various special buys throughout the store and also online where you can get a free accessory or item whenever you purchase a qualifying product. If you’re shopping for Father’s Day or just looking to add to your tool collection, this is a great time to shop and save.


12.) Moving? Save 10-20% on Penske Rental Trucks

Whenever you book your One-Way reservation online with Penske, you’ll save an additional 10% off. For instance, I was able to rent a 16-foot truck for 24 hour use within my local city with free unlimited mileage for only $134.10 (reg. $149) after discounts. Even better, add your AAA member discount or military discount and you can save up to a total of 20% on your one-way truck rental.

Every moving truck comes equipped with automatic transmission, antilock brakes for safer stops, air conditioning, AM/FM radio, AUX or USB input, power steering, cargo tie rails, dual-faced mirrors for better vision, rear roll-up door, Translucent roof and cargo lighting and non-slip wooden floors.


13.) Rent Tools for Odd Projects Before Buying

With hundreds of tools and equipment available to rent at The Home Depot, they likely have what you need without having to make a large “one-time-use” purchase. Whether you’re in the middle of a home remodel or landscaping project, you can easily rent tools by the hour, day, week or month so it’s worth checking The Home Depot’s inventory and rental rates to see if they have what you need.

Also, before buying brand new, considering purchasing their professional-quality used tools for a fraction of the cost! They leverage the professional-grade tools that cycle through their rental program and sell them while still in good, working condition. Though slightly used, these tools have been serviced between each rental to assure performance quality. Note that these items are sold “as-is.”


14.) Watch for 1-Day Only Online Sales

Every day, HomeDepot.com offers different 1-day Online-Only Sales on select items – such as door hardware, ceiling fans, kitchen accessories and more. Even sweeter, all 1-day sale items qualify for free shipping to your home (regularly free on $49 orders), so it’s a great time to shop those sales!


15.) Check the Online Rebate Center

Before making a large purchase, such as a major appliance, be sure to visit The Home Depot’s online rebate center to see what offers are available. You can easily search by typing in what you’re looking for and may find rebates for free products by mail, prepaid debit cards with purchase and more.


16.) Get 10% Military Discount In-Store

(Photo Credit: The Home Depot Careers Facebook Page)

The Home Depot offers a 10% Military Discount on items sold and stocked in-store only. According to a customer service representative, the discount is offered both everyday as well as on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and the Fourth of July; however, this policy may vary by store so be sure to contact your local store for their policy. Most locations offer the following military discounts…

  • All active, reserve, retired, or disabled military personnel and their immediate family members are eligible for a 10% discount every day of the year with a valid military ID.
  • All other military personnel may receive a 10% discount on Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day only.

To redeem the discount in-store, show your valid military ID to a store associate when inquiring about the discount. Note that the the discount cannot be used towards lumber or building materials.


17.) Pick Up a Mover’s Packet for Possible Coupons

Keep your eyes peeled for Lowe’s coupons in the USPS Mover’s Guide found at your local post office! Because of The Home Depot’s low-price guarantee (see #5), that means most stores will accept competitor coupons, such as Lowe’s coupons. But, keep in mind that this may be up to the discretion of each store, so be sure to call ahead before making a special trip with your coupon in tow.


18.) Register for FREE Workshops

(Photo Credit: The Home Depot Facebook Page)

The Home Depot offers FREE DIY Workshops for people of all ages and experience levels where you can learn about various topics, such as organic gardening, how to tile your backsplash and more. Registration is required so be sure to register in advance to secure a spot.

Also, all kids get to keep their project and will receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the freebies. My kids have always loved these workshops!


19.) Save Painting Projects for Holiday Weekends

One of the best times to purchase paint is during a holiday, such as Memorial Day or Fourth of July as they often offer $10 off 1-Gallon Paint Cans and $40 off 5-Gallon Paint buckets after rebate!

Also, if you’re not set on a specific paint color, be sure to check out the “Oops” paint section! You’ll often find big savings on cans of paint that were either brought back by a customer or weren’t mixed well by the paint technician and ended up being the wrong color. It’s a great way to save on paint!


20.) Government Workers Are Tax-Exempt

(Photo Credit: The Home Depot Careers Facebook Page)

The Home Depot allows businesses with a valid state-issued tax exemption to purchase products without paying sales tax on exempted items. However, before your business can purchase products without paying sales tax, you will need to complete an online application process that registers your business for the tax exemption and allows you to create a special Home Depot tax exempt ID number.

Once you complete this process and receive your ID number, you can use your tax exemption at Home Depot stores immediately. Tax exempt shoppers may include teachers and members of charitable and religious organizations IF they are registered with The Home Depot.


21.) Buy Discounted Gift Cards Before Shopping

One way to save on your home repair purchases is to buy a discounted Home Depot gift card on Raise.com! You can also occasionally purchase discounted The Home Depot retail gift cards on sites like eBay, Amazon and even on the Swych App, but these deals often go fast and don’t last long. Also, be sure to check your local grocery store or pharmacy for gift card promotions during the holidays.


22.) Consider The Home Depot Credit Card

If you shop at The Home Depot often or if you’re planning to make multiple major purchases and want time to pay them off without accruing any interest, consider signing up for The Home Depot credit card. Unlike many store credit cards, you won’t earn rewards or discounts for making purchases with it, but the card does offer six months of deferred interest on purchases of $299 or more.

Also, cardholders will get a full year to make returns, compared with only 90-days for non-cardholders. Plus, be sure to watch for promotional offers for new cardholders valid on your first purchase, such as $25 off your first purchase of $25 OR $100 off your first purchase of $1,000+.


Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

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