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11 Home Depot Discount Hacks & Tips for DIYers

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June 16, 2016 · 12.6k Views

Father’s Day is coming up and for Dads who love to DIY around the house, we’ve got some special hacks and tips for you when it comes to saving you time and money at Home Depot. Not limited to all things DIY, you can also build the perfect BBQ set for Dad and enjoy a nice day out!

When I think of Home Depot, all I imagine is wall after wall of tools and home construction knick-knacks. But, there’s so much more. For gardening lovers, Home Depot has a huge gardening department with great prices on succulents, herbs, and varieties of flowers you can either use as indoor decor or plant outside There’s also a wide selection of patio furniture and bedroom and bathroom accents if you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade your home. Sounds great right?

If you’re planning to drop by Home Depot soon, check out all the deals and promotions they currently have and keep the below tips in mind to maximize your savings.

Alright, let’s dive right in.


1. Home Depot price tag secrets, learn them and love them.

Tag color: this one is an easy one to spot for the seasoned Home Depot shopper. Whatever you may be looking for, always scan the aisle for a yellow tag over a white tag. Yellow tags are clearance items and you can save as much as 80% off by buying clearance items!

Tag number: a former Home Depot employee disclosed, on Wise Bread, what different price ending number means at Home Depot.

  • Prices ending in .06 - these prices are normally found on yellow clearance tags and it’s a telltale sign that the item is offered at clearance price. The “6” is an indicator that the item has been marked down after the item has not sold out within a 6 week period. A strong tip: look for the date on the tag, if the current date is about 6 weeks from it’s last mark down date, that means it's about to be marked down again.  

  • Prices ending in .03 - if you follow the above tip about a second markdown from the clearance price, price tags ending in .03 are what you’ll find. Since the item is discounted again, it is offered at the lowest price point possible and if not sold in 3 weeks, the item will be removed.

  • New Lower Price icons- this can typically spotted online at HomeDepot.com. The new lower price icon on their products page means the item has been marked down as a part of wholesale pricing, 3rd parties and marketplaces, open-box, rebates or free offers, typographical errors, exclusive online items and more.


2. Price matching + extra 10% off, and price protection

Home Depot has a guaranteed low price policy in place where you not only get a price match from eligible competitors (ex: Lowe’s, Sears etc) but Home Depot will beat them and offer an extra 10% off. Keep in mind, however, that their extra 10% off only works for in-store purchase. Online price matching is still available but you will not be eligible for the additional 10% off discount.

Home Depot also offer price protection for every buyer. If you purchase something from Home Depot and the item is discounted within 30 days, you can easily bring back your item and receipt for a reimbursement.


3. Home Depot coupons

If you don’t already know, Home Depot rarely offers coupon discounts but they do have some! You can easily grab a $5 off $50 mobile coupon offer but also stay tuned during holidays for special coupon discounts. Additionally, they offer coupon discounts for specific categories and you can find all available coupon code discounts on this Home Depot page.

Bonus tip: Home Depot dollar off/discount coupons and codes DO work on clearance items! Certain Home Depot locations will accept competitor discounts, we cannot confirm this but for those who try, let us know how it works out for you!


4. Buy Home Depot gift cards from gift card resellers and save up to 10% off face value

Gift card resellers like Raise.com and CardCash offer printable eCard and gift cards from hundreds of retailers including Home Depot. If you’re making a big purchase, consider buying gift card(s) for Home Depot and you can save as much as an extra 10% off. Additionally, Raise.com is also running a promotion where you can get $5 off $50 on your first gift card purchase so… even better savings.


5. Ask for a discount on damaged items or damaged packaging

Found an item with slight damage? Still want it? Ask for a discount. Chances are, you will get an extra 10-15% off your purchase.


6. Shop 1-day only deals

Home Depot has something called “Special Buy of the Day” and these are exclusive online-only daily deals. They switch it up every day so check back for hot flash deals!


7. Money back offers and freebies

If you’re looking for a specific product with no brand preference or model in mind, we highly recommend taking a look at Home Depot Rebate Center online. From there, you can browse from all available rebates each brand offers, or you can search by product type. Not a bad way to save money!

Quick reminder: remember to change your location so you have access to all rebate offers in your local area.


8. Shop the Home Depot overstock sale for up to extra 40% off

Home Depot offers good values on their overstocked inventory typically discounted 10-40% off and you can find variety of items in that section. Overstock item offerings vary and go relatively fast so you’ll want to check back on that page often!


9. Get “Oops” paint for dirt cheap

According to a former employee who used to work the painting department at Home Depot, there’s an “oops” paint rack in Home Depot paint department next to the mixing station. This is where all mistinted paints and customer rejected paints are. If you’re doing a small paint project and not too picky about colors, check it out! Apparently, you can come across one-gallon cans of Behr paint at $5-$8 and five-gallon buckets for under $50. Worth a glance!


10. Opt for free ship-to-store or free pick up

If you’re buying small items online that don’t satisfy their free shipping minimum of $45 or more, save yourself the shipping fee and select free shipping to your local store. 


11. Shop Spring Black Friday, Black Friday or other holiday sales (or look for in-store only clearance)

Looking for huge markdowns? Shopping for big ticket items? Your best bet for low prices is to either shop during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Home Depot offers great deals over the biggest shopping season and if you haven’t seen it yet, they are among some of the top retailers to offer early Black Friday deals in the spring.

Need help keeping tabs on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year? BlackFriday.fm keeps track of all leaked scans and early release of Black Friday ads and also distributes detailed articles on top sales and price comparisons. Stay tuned for news this year! Check out what the hottest Home Depot Black Friday sales were for 2015.

From my experience shopping for huge appliances, my local Home Depot has floor models discounted drastically and it often will not be listed on the site. So if you’re looking to replace a refrigerator or washer/dryer unit and you’re not particularly picky about brand and models, try looking around your local Home Depot for discounted floor models!

What are you going to do with all this new found Home Depot knowledge?

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monster1991 profile picture
I wanna be the very best like no one ever was. Couponing is my real test, to cut them is my cause. I will travel across the land, searching far and wide. Each store to understand, the discounts that's inside.

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