9 secret ways to save money at Home Depot

You don’t have to be Chip or Joanna Gaines, from the HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” to appreciate The Home Depot (HD). It’s one of the largest home improvement retailers, with more than 2,200 stores in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and stocks up to 40,000 different kinds of products related to all things home improvement.

Whether your next shopping trip is for paint, new appliances or a bathroom remodel, there are many ways to save money at Home Depot. To give you an insider’s view, shopping experts shared their secrets for saving on home improvements at the retail giant.

​1. Take advantage of all coupons and discounts


If you really want to rack up home improvement savings, make sure you’re taking advantage of all available coupons and discounts. For example, veterans get a 10 percent discount on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day with proof of service, according to money-saving expert Lori Felix of the blog MoreWithLessToday.com. There’s also a 10 percent discount every day for active-duty servicemembers, and for retired or disabled veterans and their family members, with a valid military ID.

Before you shop, be sure to check online for coupons that can really help you save. Websites like RetailMeNot and Groupon offer coupons for up to 70 percent off on items like patio furniture, appliances and tools at Home Depot.

​2. Know where to find the markdowns


You can find home improvement deals throughout the store — if you know how to spot them. You can often find clearance items and price markdowns on end caps in the store, so it’s good to actively look as you walk the aisles, according to Felix. “You might get lucky and find just what you are looking for,” she said.

The price tags can tell you whether or not a price is a final markdown, said Felix. Here’s how it generally works:

  • Prices ending in .06 — This means it’s a clearance item and has six weeks until the price drops again. These are typically printed on a yellow price tag.
  • Prices ending in .03 — If the item is still in stock after six weeks, the price will be lowered an additional 3 cents. It’s best to get the product then, because after three weeks, the item will be removed from the shelves. These are also typically printed on a yellow tag.

If you’re shopping for paint, you also don’t want to miss the aisle with the “oops paint” rack. You can find big discounts on paints that are either mistinted or not the color the customer requested.

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