Every DIY project requires a trip—just one if you’re lucky—to The Home Depot. While many focus on getting what they need and getting out before they talk themselves into another project, your rush to get out quickly may be costing you money. There are several secret Home Depot hacks that you could be taking advantage of. Some require a little online research, while others are as easy as looking at a price tag. Either way, these tricks can help keep your renovation costs down, which means you’ll have money to spare for when things go awry and you have to do an emergency run to, you guessed it, Home Depot.
1. Take Advantage of Price Matching
While many stores will match their competitors advertised prices, Home Depot goes a step further. They’ll match prices for identical items and take an additional 10 percent off for in-store purchases. If you’re an online shopper, Home Depot will match the price plus shipping costs.
2. Find Rebates
Before you start shopping, check the Rebate Center to see if the item you’re looking for is eligible. If you plan on using a coupon or discount, make sure the offers can be combined.
3. Return Dead Plants
Your landscaping didn’t need to die in vain. The company has a one-year guarantee for perennials, trees, and shrubs, so keep your receipt if you have a black thumb.
4. Look Online for Deals
Before you head to the store, look in the Overstock and Special Buy of the Day sections to see if they have what you need at an even lower price.
5. Try Haggling
If you want a lower price, all you have to do is ask. Some sales associates have the authority to discount items up to a limit, so it never hurts to see if they can make you a better offer—particularly on items with a few dents or dings. You can also ask for a discount if you’re buying in bulk for a project.
6. Rent Instead of Buy
How many times are you really going to use that tile saw? Instead of buying power tools that will just take up space in your closet or garage, you can rent them for much less. Once the job is done, it’s off your hands.
7. Save Big on Paint (If You Aren’t Picky)
Paints that were mixed but not purchased are sent to the Oops section, where you can get them for up to 75 percent off. While you might not want an Oops paint in your living room, they’re a great option for small projects like furniture, closets, or powder rooms.
8. Learn the Codes
No one wants to buy something only to see the price knocked down later. Items with prices that end in .06 will be marked down again within the next six weeks, while a price that ends in .03 signals that the item is fully marked down and won’t be on shelves much longer. Also keep your eyes peeled for yellow tags, which mean an item is on clearance.