20 Ways to Save at The Home Depot

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If you find yourself looking to save money on maintaining and improving your residence, The Home Depot is a good place to start. The popular home improvement store has many ways you can stretch a dollar.

In this article, we’re going to show you ways to save money at Home Depot.

Here Are 20 Ways You Can Save Money at Home Depot

Many of these tips I will share are from my research of the latest Home Depot deals, my own personal savings strategies, plus tips from money expert Clark Howard and his many fans.

With a little effort, shoppers can get some of the best items sold in the store for less. Let’s get started!

1. Special Buy of the Day

Special Buy of the Day - How to save at Home Depot

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

2. Get Up to $50 off Just for Asking

Home Depot employees have reportedly been empowered to give up to $50 off on items without a supervisor’s approval, according to Business Insider. The logic is that employees should be able to do whatever they can to make the sale.

3. Price Match Guarantee

The Home Depot promises that if you find a lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any retailer, they will match the price. All you need is a copy of the competitor’s ad or a printout or photo of it. For online items, it includes the shipping cost.

4. Emails With Promo Codes

The home improvement retailer sends promo codes via email newsletter every so often, so when you receive a sale alert to your inbox, you’d better jump on it!

You can also get $5 off your next purchase by signing up for The Home Depot’s Promo Text Program.

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The deals come right to your phone. Don’t worry, the company says you’ll receive no more than 10 texts per month.

5. Free Shipping and Delivery Based on Price

The Home Depot offers free standard shipping and residential 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. Rebate 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. For example, scroll down to the Saving by Percentage Off filter and find items reduced up to 40%.

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.

We called two stores in June 2020 to confirm that this offer is still valid as of this time. Both told me that they offer a 10% military discount for items bought in-store only.

9. Rental Center

A great path to everyday savings 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 it!

10. Volume Pricing Discounts

The store also offers a volume discount through its Volume Pricing Program. Here’s how it works: 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 could qualify for a volume discount.

11. Free Lumber Cuts

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

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12. 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.

13. ‘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, the texture was incorrect or some similar reason. Either way, you’ll need to ask an associate at your local Home Depot to confirm what’s available there.

14. The Home Depot’s Local Ad

The store also displays the latest sales in its Local Ad, where you can find tons of discounts in the stores closest to you. You can find these circulars in stores, in your mailbox or on the store’s website.

15. 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 the page.

16. Garden Club

As for Clark Howard, his personal tip to save at The Home Depot is to join their online Garden Club and receive coupons to get money off items.

The Garden Club also features projects you can do at home as well as gardening tips to grow your own fruits and vegetables.

17. Clearance Section

Judi from Clark’s Facebook says: “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.”

18. Gift Cards

Clark generally avoids retail gift cards, but he grabs them up when he can buy them at a discount.

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Tambryn from Facebook says: “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 the season to replace anything that broke or wore out that year or to stick up for next year (like new Christmas lights in January).”

19. Credit Card Offers

While The Home Depot credit card may have attractive offers from time to time, you should be careful. Clark usually is not in favor of using store credit cards because of the high-interest rates and unfriendly terms.

However, you may have a rewards credit card that will give you bonus cash back on home improvement purchases. If you can pay off your balance in full, consider using it at checkout.

20. ClarkDeals.com

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

Final Thought

Make sure you save this article so that you can refer to it the next time you’re in The Home Depot or shopping on its website.

There are so many great ways to save at Home Depot — and we’re always looking for more. Know of any other ways to save there? Let us know in the comments below!

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