Useful Home Depot Lifehacks

Jul 14, 2021James Montalvo

If you don't like spending a lot but want to improve your home, home depot is the best place for you. This popular home improvement store will allow you to better your residence and save big. Everything that you need for your own home is here. Woods, cleaning products, and appliances can be shopped here that is why many spend so much time in Home Depot. We provided you with hacks you can use while shopping. These can work for everyone, so why not try it!

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HAVE A LIST BEFOREHAND

Sometimes we just go around stores without a real plan or list of things we need to buy. That is why we cannot control our spending because we just get what we saw even if we don't need them for now. Before you get to buy the things you are not intended to buy, then get a proper list of what you only need. Plan ahead before you go out of your house and be decisive about the things you need to buy. Create a list beforehand at all times.

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BUDGET YOUR MONEY

Sometimes, the $40 you intend to spend on painting supplies quickly turns into a $500 shopping trip without even noticing. We know many are guilty. This is because we have no fixed budget once we go out. So the next time you go out shopping, aside from having a list on hand, you must also just budget your money properly. 

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KNOW THE BASIC LAYOUT

Before going to the shopping store, make sure that you already know the layout of the place. It is very time-consuming to look for a thing and then another in the shopping store considering there are also plenty of shoppers inside. For example, Costco changes item placement almost every day but there are specific places that some items were put. You will surely finish fast if you at least know the basic locations.

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FIXING TOOLS FOR FREE

Every time you purchase a tool at the Home Depot, that will automatically be subject to a one to two years warranty for returns and even repairs. This service is offered in the Tool Rental Center after you present your receipt to the employees. They will fix it for free and even replace it if they could no longer fix it. This will take some time depending on how damaged it is.

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THE BULK PRICE

If you and your friends are planning to work on a big project, then you might consider ordering them all at once so you can avail of their “bulk price.” These items are usually discounted up to 30% lower than regular prices. Every purchase that will fall under bulk price is taken seriously by Home Depot. There is a qualification you have to meet to be able to avail of the discount for bulk pricing. If you know someone who needs many supplies, tell them to take advantage of this.

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ITEMS FOR ONE PENNY

Those items that the store removed from the sale will be worth one penny. Well, you will be only able to avail of these products If you manage to find them at Home Depot before an employee pulls them out from the display. A penny out item is a product that has been there for over six months unsold. These sale items cannot be seen online, so you really have to visit a store and check them out for yourself.

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TECHNOLOGY

You haven't forgotten about the powerful piece of technology that's always in your pocket or handbag, haven't you? Of course, we're talking about your phone. Download the Home Depot App so you'll have the inside information on all the latest deals, price updates, and upcoming sales. Just make sure you have the notifications turned on.

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SECRET CODES

The price tag doesn't only tell us the price but also sends a hidden code. We might not be aware of this but sale tags can tell us when a sale will last. For example, those prices which end in six means there are six weeks left until the price changes and it also means that the item is about 50% off. Prices ending in three also say the same. After three weeks, the prices will go down and the item will usually be 75% off. 

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SHOP ONLINE OR IN-STORE?

A lot of shoppers wonder if where they can save more, shopping online or in an actual store? Well, Adobe made a comparison with prices and it turns out that shopping online is better for those who are living in a big city. Since housing prices are higher in cities like New York and Chicago, Home Depot may raise costs on its store but online, it’s just a flat rate. However, there are more clearance sales on actual stores and some of it is not posted on the website.

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SHOP FOR PAINTS DURING SUMMER

Paints usually go on sale during the summer, so you better be patient till then before you paint your home. It will be better if you shop on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day. If you are not really looking for a particular color, then you may consider whatever on the “oops'' paint bin at Home Depot. There are some incorrectly mixed or stinted sales with a very big discount. You may be able to buy a gallon of paint for $5 to $8 only. 

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THE SPRING BLACK FRIDAY

Home and Garden Stores offer great discounts during Black Friday and Spring Black Friday. During the spring cleaning there goes the Spring Black Friday where you can buy gardening supplies for as low as five for $15 on mulch bags and 40% patio furniture. It usually occurs in late March and it continues to April especially when items don't get sold. You can visit Lowe’s, Walmart, Sears, and Ace Hardware during this time to get discounts.

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CHECK HOME DEPOT SAVING SECTION ONLINE

If you get tired of going out to shop for home supplies but want to get the best deals still. Just like any other retailer, there is a savings section that can be found on the website of Home Depot. It offers good deals and discounts. You can go directly to their official site while at home to take advantage of sales and discounts that can be up to 50% off. It's always good to visit the Saving Center every once in a while.

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SALES PUT ON THE END OF THE AISLES

When shopping at Home Depot, try to roam around more at the ends of aisles cause there are tables there where items were put on sale. Employees don't usually just put the clearance sale items on one side so you need to look for them everywhere particularly on every end or corner. If you think they are already fixed prices, well you might want to negotiate better with the manager because it can still change. 

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HONORING OTHER STORES COUPON

At some point, Home Depot allows other stores' coupons only on the same products they have. This might be not written on their website but this one is a price match policy. So you might want to bring your Lowe’s and Ace Hardware coupons when shopping at Home Depot. Just make sure you checked it carefully to use the coupon for the same product available at Home Depot.

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AMAZING GIFT CARDS

Even if you have not yet discovered the true purpose of a gift card, well you might be surprised to know that the deals offered here are very amusing. They can be used in any sections from 2-for-1 movies, discounted admissions to local attractions, and even restaurants. If you have gift cards, it feels like you no longer need to bring some cash with you. The gift card can work in many ways. Of course, Costco can be credited for their very useful gift cards.

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GET A CASHBACK VIA EBATES

Everything is made easier with things made available online. It is easier also, especially nowadays to shop online. In the comfort of home, we can now shop and earn a cashback with a portal like eBates. Currently, the site offers a cashback of 1.5% on every penny you spend on shopping through homedepot.com.

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LOOK FOR SCRAP BINS

If what you need is only scraps of wood and not necessarily the whole thing, then you might want to check out the back of your local Home Depot. Some of their stores keep leftover pieces from vendors which are discounted up to 80%. Some customers even stated that those on the scrap bins have better wood than what is displayed on the shelves for only $0.50 per piece. However, not all stores keep a scrap bin so you're lucky if there's one in your place. 

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YOU'LL GET DISCOUNTED IF YOU ASK

If you are lucky enough to buy floor models at the right time of the year, you might get discounted by about 10 to 20 percent. Sometimes, Home Depot may allow you to get discounts on lawn equipment, grills, or patio furniture. They usually do it during August, when it's no longer a selling season so they put discounts to still sell. You will also get it if you ask. 

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DEAD PLANTS ARE RETURNABLE

It is amusing to know that Home Depot has a policy of one year warranty after you purchase a plant from them. This means that any plant you bought which died within that 365 days can be returnable only if you still manage to keep the original receipt. They will refund your money and you can buy a new plant if you wish to. However, when you bought it online and it was damaged, the replacement warranty only covers three days. 

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APPLY FOR A JOB THERE

If you really want to know more about what's going on in the store and of course get more hacks, you might consider working there. It's a win-win situation since you get some experience with health insurance, tuition reimbursement, retirement, stock options, auto insurance, and family care all at once. They give so many benefits for full-time workers and part-time employees that they are allowed to get a dental, vision, and short-term disability, as well as life insurance. Do you want to apply now?

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SPECIAL BUY OF THE DAY DEALS

Before going to the actual local Home Depot store, you may visit their online website first to check the Special Buy of the Day. A product may have a great discount but only within 24 hours. It will for one product of a certain brand like Genie garage openers. It is under the “Specials & Offers” tab which will show you everything else on sale. You might get lucky and find out what you need is in the special buy of the day or discounted.

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HOME DEPOT TRUCKS

We are all aware that buying many will allow you to avail great deals. However, you'll have a hard time taking them home unless you're an owner of a truck. You can now solve this problem because Home Depot has offered 75 minutes rental for a pickup truck. Load ‘N Go Rentals, as they are called, provide service of an hour of rental for only $19. They accept reservations on their website also offering cargo vans and moving box trucks.

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OFFER CUTTING WOOD FOR FREE

You cannot always buy woods based on the exact measurements that you need. Sometimes there will be more so you need to cut it. Well, you no longer need to worry because Home Depot offers cutting wood service for free and it can be used twice only. You can ask an employee to cut the wood for you. Another tip if you want to save more is to purchase leftover lumber because they are sold 70% off.

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WINTER, THE BEST TIME TO SHOP FOR BATH AND KITCHEN SUPPLIES 

Summer is not a great time to shop for kitchen and bath supplies. It is better if you do it in winter like mid-January to mid-March because by then, Home Depot has a Winter Bath Event. This offers up to 40% off for the two categories so it will allow you to save a big amount. The Pre-Spring Sale, as some call it, there is a possibility that appliances and flooring also go on sale for about 30% off of certain appliances and 15% off of wall tiles.

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OPEN A CREDIT CARD WITH HOME DEPOT

If you don't have a credit card yet, know that you can do it with Home Depot. You will immediately receive a discount up to $25 off a purchase up to $999, and $100 off of a purchase over $1,000. For some occasions, they will also offer 10% off of your first purchase. You may also increase your savings after a year. You will also get a 5% off every time you purchase in Home Depot using a credit card if you're shopping for your own qualifying business.

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ASK DISCOUNT FOR DISPLAY FURNITURES

In terms of furniture, those which are displayed are likely to be cheaper because they have been exposed and prone to damage. You can ask someone during a sale if you can get a discount for display furniture and you might be allowed to. It won't be a huge loss for them since they are already on sale. However, if you want a new one which is perfectly fine, get one on the shelves.

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THE MOVER'S COUPON

Moving to another place can be very exhausting. But, there is nothing to worry about because Home Depot offers a “mover’s coupon”. Their partnership with Penske Truck Rental allows its customers to get a 10% discount. What you need to do is reserve in advance through the website. All veterans, military, AAA members, or college students can get an extra 10% off plus and provide unlimited miles with no additional.

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MAKE USE OF YOUR USPS MOVER'S PACKET

You don't only get a 10% discount on truck rentals when you partner with your local Home Depot trucking partnership, but you also get an additional discount coupon in your USPS Packet when you change your address. There's usually a 10-15% discount card. If you don't have one, then you could probably buy some on eBay.

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LOWERING PRICE FOR DAMAGED ITEMS

If you get a product that is damaged, this might stain the quality of a company's product so, for Home Depot, they end up lowering the prices of their products and end up damaged within 30 days of purchase. You will only have to bring it to the customer service. One time, a customer even received 10% off a kitchen sink because of a small box tear. However, do not do it on purpose because damages are subject to careful review and analysis by the management and their discretion.

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BE A MEMBER OF HOME DEPOT'S GARDEN CLUB

If you are a fan of gardening, then you might consider signing up for the Home Depot's Garden Club. Registration is free plus you’ll automatically receive a $5 off coupon after joining. There will be numerous perks for being a member including exclusive special sales only for club members. Sometimes, Home Depot Garden Club will even deliver free samples to members including packets of seeds and fertilizers so that they can try it out. Members of this club can save up to $300.

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THE POWER OF DISCOUNTED ONLINE GIFT CARDS

This can be a very useful hack for anyone. Next time, be sure to check online and buy a gift card. Through this, you no longer need to bring cash with you, just some of this discounted card which you can purchase ahead in Raise or GiftGranny before going to the nearest Home Depot store from you. You can get 10% to 20% less than its face value. This one is a quick and easy way for you to save money. 

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HOME DEPOT’S PRO XTRA PROGRAM

The bigger you spend, the bigger your discount could be. Buying a worth of $1,500 for supplies may allow you to be offered a Home Depot’s Pro Xtra Loyalty program. After signing up, a member will immediately be allowed to get a 30% discount off a purchase of $1,500 or more. You only have to go to the Pro Services desk to get your discount.  Products for plumbing, lumber, lighting, and hardware are the ones eligible for discounts. 

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JOIN HOME DEPOT'S MAILING

If you haven't received any Home Depot coupons through your mail you might find some inside the store. It can sometimes be seen at the entrance of the store which will allow you to see the biggest sale. You will have to join Home Depot's mailing list so you can get emails from them surely. Before joining, you will immediately get $5 off of a $50 purchase plus you’ll surely be informed of products that make up the Deal of the Day. It is very convenient because you can open coupons on your phone too.

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DON'T BUY, RENT

We are all aware that tools can be very expensive. If you need one for just a single project, you might consider just renting the tool instead of buying it. Home Depot allows rentals for power tools, outdoor tools, and moving and lifting equipment. These might be outdated tools that have already been used. Before lending it, they first allow a technician to see it's condition. It is allowed to be rented for an hour, day, week, or even month. So instead of paying $200 for the whole thing, you can pay $30 for a rental of four hours.

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GET HOME DEPOT'S SUBSCRIPTION

If you are needing some new filters, there is no need to step outside the comfort of home. Home Depot will get it delivered to you after subscribing to them. It is very convenient because shipping is free and items are returnable. There is no need for you to exert more effort plus there are no membership fees. You can also customize the delivery time and date online. 

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WHAT ARE THE BEST BUYS?

At times, LED light bulbs can be discounted 70% off when you shop at Home Depot. Vacuums can also be off for about 40%. These are all because they are under the Best Buys. Plants are also included and as we're told, they have a 365 days warranty. Surely, your money is worth it. 

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CLASSES FOR DIY CRAFTING

People love DIY nowadays. Though it'll be hard for people without even a slight background in crafting. You don't need to worry now because Home Depot offers tutorials and classes for creating products through crafts. These classes will teach kids and even adults to create different crafts. Most of the classes begin on Saturday of each month starting at 9:00 a.m. Another good news is that these are all free. You will have to look for the schedule of classes offered at your local Home Depot.

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SHOP FEW MORE DAYS AFTER HOLIDAY SEASON

This might sound contradicting but it's good to buy holiday decorations after the holiday peak season ends. It is because they are put at almost 50% discount since they are needed to be gotten rid of. These clearance sales were mostly by the Home Depot Pro Desk. As more days pass by the holiday, the bigger the discounts get. 

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BEING NICE TO STAFF MAY BE REWARDED

Establishing a conversation can be a good start to form new friendships. Well, being talkative with the employees in Home Depot can make you get discounts unexpectedly. Associate and Sales employees are allowed to give discounts up to $50 according to Consumer Reports even without consulting the manager. Employees with higher positions can give you bigger discounts too. For example, a supervisor can give you up to a $100 discount, the assistant manager can minus a $500 discount, and the store manager can immediately give you $1,000 off even without calling the regional director.

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DISCOUNTS AFTER PURCHASED PRODUCTS GO ON SALE IN 30 DAYS

You are allowed to get a discount if the product you bought goes on sale within 30 days after the purchase. You’ll be able to know if the item was on the list of on sale items by tracking the receipt through an app like Paribus track receipt. They will automatically send you an email when the product you purchase goes on sale. You can then request a price adjustment and eventually get a refund.

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GET AS MANY SAMPLE AS YOU WANT

While our parents tell us to get a free sample only once, the truth is we can get as many as we want. Getting samples has no limit. However, it takes a lot of courage and confidence to go back every once in a while to ask for more from people who give away samples. Are you willing to swallow your pride for samples or just follow the unwritten rule of every parent?

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USEFUL ONLINE COUPONS

Since many people are shopping online nowadays, many stores offer coupons to invite more shoppers to buy more products. And one of these stores is The Home Depot. They are giving out some codes which will lead you automatically to your earned discounts for items like small appliances on RetailMeNot for up to 20% with free shipping for orders over 45%.

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GETTING RID OF SALES TAX

If you think that tax is unavoidable, well you must consider this hack to make you believe that you can get exempted from it. Some businesses and individuals are allowed to skip paying sales tax if they can provide a valid state-issued tax exemption which they can get by applying on the site. Through the process, you'll also create a special Home Depot tax exempt ID number. And this will be the thing you will have to present while shopping. This also applied to teachers.

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EARN POINTS WHILE SURFING ONLINE

We usually spend so much time surfing every day. Some of us are aware that we can not only shop online but also earn online. For those who love spending a lot of time scrolling on the internet, you might also consider using Swagbucks to earn points while doing things you love doing like watching videos, shopping, playing games, and a lot more. Later on, you can redeem these points to your Home Depot gift cards.

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BRING A VETERAN

While not everyone may have a family member that has served in the Armed Forces, you might have a friend or two who does. It won't hurt to ask if they can help extend their military discount to you. Take them out for a bite to eat or offer to pay for some of the things they may need. Who knows? Every penny counts!

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Some people might have lived their life using some of these life hacks while others are new to these things. We must always remember that saving is important and living cheaply is not so bad. It is always good to go shopping to find items you like or need on great deals. Discounted products do not only benefit and bring convenience to shoppers but also help businesses. Not only do you get what you need, but you are also able to save big. Always remember to shop and spend wisely.

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