How to save money at Home Depot

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How to save money at Home Depot
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When it comes to picking up products to help maintain and improve our houses, Home Depot is one of America’s favorite places to shop. And 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.

Founded as a comprehensive hardware store in 1978 by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, Home Depot today is the largest home improvement store in the world. One of the things that endears the Atlanta, Georgia-based company to its shoppers is their ability to find savings.

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

Here are 10+ ways you can save money at Home Depot

Check out their 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. If you don’t want to subscribe to the newsletter, our sister site ClarkDeals keeps up with the latest codes here! The store also puts coupons in its Weekly Ad, where you can find tons of discounts.

Special Buy of the Day

The retailer offers a Special Buy of the Day, which comes with free shipping. You never know what it is until you click, but you can choose from among around 30 items.

Get $5 off right now

Get $5 off your next purchase by signing up for Home Depot’s Promo Text program. You’ll also get coupons to 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.

Get $50 off right now

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’re with it!

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%.

RELATED: Price-matching policies of your favorite retailers

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.

Rebates galore

Homedepot.com has a Rebate Center that tells you which products in your area can actually put money back into your pocket. For example, this laundry pedestal features a $2,900 rebate if you buy the four-piece appliance bundle.

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.

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. 

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!

Your favorite ways to save at Home Depot

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

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).

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.

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 cents they destroy it. I KNOW it was not sold previously because no one else waited to get the price.

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.

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

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Craig Johnson is a conscious money-saver who still reads paperback books and listens to vinyl. He likes to write about how technology is making things easier and more affordable — but also sometimes more dangerous — for the modern consumer.  You can reach Craig at craig@clark.com
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