20 ways to save money at Home Depot

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When it comes to picking up products to help maintain and improve our houses, The Home Depot is one of America’s favorite places to shop. That means that figuring out how to save money at Home Depot has become a sport in and of itself.

And no wonder, there are more than 2,200 locations around the United States, making the retailer an accessible destination for most shoppers looking to fix up or accessorize their homes.

Here are 20 ways you can save money at Home Depot

Founded as a comprehensive hardware store in 1978 by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, Home Depot today is the largest home improvement store chain in the world.

One of the things that endears the Atlanta, Georgia-based company to its shoppers is their ability to find savings there. In this article, we’re going to show you all the tricks, tips and hacks to save money at Home Depot.

Here are some practical ways to find what you need at Home Depot for less:

1. Special Buy of the Day

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The retailer offers an online Special Buy of the Day, which comes with free shipping. You never know what’s on sale until you click, but you can choose from among around 30 items.

2. Get $50 off just for asking

Home Depot employees have been empowered to give up to $50 off on items without a supervisor’s approval, according to Quick Tap Survey. The logic is that employees should be able to do whatever they can to make the sale. We like it!

3. Price match guarantee

Home Depot promises that If you find a lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any retailer, they will match the price — and beat it by 10%.

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4. Email coupons & promo codes

Home Depot sends promo codes via email newsletter and text every so often, so you if you want to save, you’d better jump on them when they come.

Get $5 off your next purchase by signing up for Home Depot’s Promo Text program.

You’ll also get coupons to help you save money sent right to your inbox. Don’t worry, the company says you’ll receive no more than 10 texts to your phone per month.

5. Free 2-day delivery

Home Depot offers free two-day delivery on most items over $45. If you buy from HomeDepot.com, you get free standard delivery on appliance purchases of $396 or more. You can find the expected arrival date of your item in your Shopping Cart under Product Information.

6. Rebates Center

Homedepot.com has a Rebate Center that tells you which products in your area can actually put money back into your pocket.

7. Special Values

The store’s Special Values page spotlights for-sale items by category. So, if you’re looking for a specific thing, click on the department in the left-hand menu and you’ll see what’s available.

8. Veterans Discount

Have you served our country? If so, you’re eligible for a 10% discount at all Home Depot store locations in the USA during national holidays like Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The discount is for in-store only, not online. 

9. Rental Center

A great path to everyday savings for people is Home Depot’s Rental Center, which allows you to rent needed equipment — even trucks and vans — without having to buy. Want to save cash? Rent it, don’t buy!

Money expert Clark Howard’s Facebook community has chimed in on ways they save at Home Depot, as well. Here are some crowd-sourced dollar-saving strategies at the Depot:

10. Buy via gift card

Tambryn: We get a gift card through our credit card and use it to take on big projects. Also, we stop by the seasonal section at the end of season to replace anything that broke or wore out that year or stick up.for next year (like new Christmas lights on January).

11. Credit card offers

Laurie: [Their] credit card has special offers like 6, 9, 12 months same as cash sometimes 24 months. [They] also send 10% coupon discounts with [their] credit card.


12. Clearance section

Judi: Check out their clearance section. Pay special attention to items that may not have a price tag. I was shopping for a medicine cabinet to use to store my jewelry. I found one in the clearance section without a price that was mirrored on all sides ($200 custom order). It was priced at $.01 (yes – you read that right one cent). After an item is not sold, they keep dropping the price and after it is one cent they destroy it. I KNOW it was not sold previously because no one else waited to get the price.

13. Garden Club

Clark: Join their online garden club and you receive regular $$ off coupons. Check ads for sales. Watch for clearance items throughout the store.

14. Volume Discounts

The store also offers a volume discount, meaning that if you’re buying for a big job, get an associate to add it all up on a price list. The retailer says if your total adds up to at least $1,500, you’ll likely qualify for a volume discount.

15. Free lumber cuts

If you buy lumber from Home Depot, the retailer will do some complimentary cuts for free. This can be invaluable resource if you need some pieces of purchased wood cut quickly.

16. Free DIY workshops

Your local Home Depot also offers free do-it-yourself workshops on everything from kitchen makeovers to how to install a ceiling fan. They even have how-to videos that you can watch to save time and money.

17. ‘Oops’ Paint

Home Depot is one of the cheapest places to buy paint because it features a small section of what is called “Oops” paint. This is typically kept in a nondescript area of the paint department close to where the paint mixing is done.

“Oops” paint is sold for a heavy discount because the store was not able to sell it to a customer, either because the color was off or the texture was incorrect. Either way, you’ll need to ask an associate at your local Home Depot to confirm what’s available there.

18. Home Depot’s Weekly Ad

The store also puts coupons in its Weekly Ad, where you can find tons of discounts. You can find these circulars in stores, in your mailbox or on the store’s website. Speaking of which….

19. Website coupons

How to save money at Home Depot

HomeDepot.com has a Coupons page that has some of its latest deals for internet-savvy shoppers. You can find an array of savings if you scroll down.


20. ClarkDeals.com

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If you don’t want to subscribe to the store’s newsletter, our sister site ClarkDeals.com keeps up with the latest promo codes here!

Know of any more ways to save at Home Depot? Let us know on Clark’s Facebook or Twitter.

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