When you think of home projects, does your mind immediately race to bright orange aprons and shopping carts? Hey, there's a reason The Home Depot is one of the largest hardware stores in the country. But renovations are also pricey endeavors, so the next time you visit the store, try these shopping tricks to save yourself a little money.
1. Get prices competitors can't beat.
No, not match: Beat. If you find a lower price at a retailer, all you have to do is bring the ad, printout or photo of the price and The Home Depot will price match — then . Online purchases are eligible for price matching, but you have to go into the store to save that extra percentage.
2. Take advantage of free shipping.
You know how home supplies are heavy (think: stacks of timber). Well, good thing this store offers free shipping when you purchase orders of . Even better: That means supplies are delivered right to your doorstep — no hard labor required.
3. Use coupons on sale items.
Nothing is worse than figuring out how you can double your savings with discounts, then realizing at the register your sneaky plan is a no-go. But don't worry: That won't happen at The Home Depot, because they let you use coupons on sale items.
4. Haggle like a pro.
According to , every employee has the authority to give up to a $50 discount when it's warranted. So if you encounter an issue with your purchase or the store's customer service, as for a price adjustment.
5. Shop the buy of the day.
Every day, features a new deal that lasts for just 24 hours. Maybe it's 35% off all bookshelves or two-for-one chairs, but anyone who's doing major home renovations should keep a close eye on their current offerings.
6. Watch out for damaged goods.
If you notice the on an item is dented or damaged, ask for a discount. The store is likely to give you around 10% off. However, you might want to take a peek inside to make sure the product doesn't have any scratches or dents.
7. Pay attention to price tags.
There's an easy way to figure out if items are in a . Prices ending in .06 are on clearance and will drop again in six weeks and prices ending in .03 will drop by 3 cents in six weeks if it's still available.
8. Score some "oops paint."
There's a rack in most stores that feature huge discounts on that were either mis-tinted or wasn't the color the customer requested. In other words: Their loss is your gain.
9. Rent one-time use tools.
Instead of investing hundreds of dollars into equipment you need for one project and then never plan on using again, by the day. You can check online to find the inventory and rates at your local store.
10. Use their 30-day price protection.
Say you bought a brand-new fridge only for it to go on sale two weeks later. As long as it hasn't been more than since you bought the item, you can get the discount if you bring your receipt back to the store.
11. Ask about competitor coupons.
While says this isn't true for every single location, some will accept coupons from competitors, like Lowe's. Hey, it's worth a shot.