Whether you work in construction, home improvement or interior design, or you simply are a fan of do-it-yourself projects, you've most likely had the chance to spend some substantial time and money at Home Depot, one of the the leading suppliers in the field of home improvement merchandise in the US. Though the loyal Home Depot shoppers are loyal for a reason, they are well aware that even after hunting down the best deals, the final figures on the bill can quickly spiral out of control.
Fortunately, there are plenty of tricks that can save you a substantial amount of money at Home Depot. These are my seven methods you can use to save money with your next purchase.
1. Use the Low-Price Guarantee
For any purchase made, a low-price guarantee is offered by Home Depot. When a purchase has been made online, Home Depot guarantees to match any price offered by a competitor, this includes both price and shipping costs. There are some exclusions to this policy like custom products, open-box merchandise and auction pricing.
2. Search for coupons and deal alerts
You can check for Home Depot flyers and coupons you may have received in the mail or in the store, but better yet, you can receive alerts to special deals, promotions and interesting offers if you sign up to Home Depot’s email and/or text alerts. You also get $5 discount from your next purchase of $50 or more when signing up.
3. Why buy when you can rent?
Let's face it, there are tools you will only use once or twice a year at best. When shopping for them at Home Depot, evaluating the cost of renting instead of buying is definitely wise. Often it would be a much cheaper alternative than buying as there are plenty of items that can be rented on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. A good example is a leaf blower that can be either bought for about 190$ or rented for $23 a day. Considering blowing leaves is something you do once a year, renting would probably be the better option costs-wise.
4. Gardening enthousiast? Say no more
Do you also spend hours in the garden? You're not alone! And Home Depot knows that too. That is why you should take a look at the Home Depot Garden Club. It's a service that sends you an email and/or text alert with special garden promotions and offers. Additionally, Home Depot is currently offering $5 off your next purchase of $50 or more when you sign up.
5. Home Depot Credit Card – good idea?
Home Depot has issued a credit card to help customers with financing projects for home, whether it's fixing or improving. The offer currently is Special Every Day Financing on purchases of $299 or more. This includes “Up to 24 months financing during special promotions, Exclusive cardholder credit offers and 1-year hassle-free returns”.
In case you were going to pay for your purchases at Home Depot using a credit card, you could and should avoid interest by utilizing these offers.
6. Search for the “Special Values” category
Also known as the clearance section, this category at the Home Depot website features an attractive array of all sorts of products at great discounts. There are many gems and it gets constantly updated, so do stay alert!
7. One Word: Discounted Gift Cards. Okay, Three Words…
Meet Raise.com – They sell Home Depot gift cards with a discount that saves you a percentage of the total value of the gift card. For example, at the moment of writing this article, Raise.com had gift cards with a 3.1% discount of the total value of the card, though it has been known to go up to even 5.1%. When making a big purchase, this can be a huge margin.