You’re more than ready to say buh-bye to your 1980s oak cabinets and fake tile vinyl flooring, I get it.
But before you start your kitchen remodel, read these tips and tricks for saving more money than you thought possible.
1. Shop January through March during Home Depot’s 40%-off Kitchen Event.
If you can plan ahead, be sure to buy fixtures and appliances at Home Depot the first few months of the year when they have their 40%-off Kitchen and Bath Event.
Sinks, lighting, faucets and more hit up to 40% off.
2. Buy an “Open Box” large appliance at Best Buy and save up to 60%.
Best Buy’s “Open Box” items are returns that are guaranteed to work properly and can be returned again or exchanged.
You can save up to 60% on refrigerators, stovetops, ovens, dishwashers or washer and dryers.
Plan to shop online for the best selection; otherwise, you’d need to hit up one of Best Buy’s five outlet stores in San Antonio and Dallas, TX; Raleigh, NC; Newark, DE; and Moreno Valley, CA.
3. Rent power tools from Home Depot instead of buying them.
I’m assuming you probably already have a drill — and you might even have a nail gun and compressor if you’re handy.
But if you find yourself needing some of the more obscure power tools, you can rent them for a few hours (or more) and pay a fraction of the cost (I’m talking renting a $200 tool for $25). You can even rent heavy-duty vacuums and carpet cleaners!
4. Shop large appliance rebates at Lowe’s or Home Depot for up to $1,500 back.
You can save hundreds of dollars when you buy groups of brand-new, large-ticket items that qualify for a rebate. There are always rebates available, and the most common brands we see are for LG and GE.
Rebates come in the form of a prepaid Visa card, and deals look like “Get $500 when you buy two LG laundry (or kitchen) appliances.”
Submit the rebate form within 30 days of your purchase to get your Visa cards. The process is the same at both Lowe’s and Home Depot.
5. Shop lighting at Wayfair to get Pottery Barn lookalikes for less.
If you have the time to compare items on the two different websites, you’ll be able to find Pottery Barn lookalikes on Wayfair that offer a ton of savings for your kitchen lighting.
6. Ask Home Depot to beat Amazon’s price on identical items by 10%.
As long as the identical item is sold and shipped by Amazon (not a third party) and you’re in the store to request the price match, Home Depot will give you a 110% price match.
This price match policy works for any Home Depot competitor, but it’s pretty rare to find identical items between Home Depot and Lowe’s. You’ll have more luck with Amazon.
7. Save up to 70% when you buy paint from the “oops bin” at Home Depot and Lowe’s.
It might be called a mistint shelf or an “oops bin,” but either way, you can save up to 70% on paint.
Granted, you can’t be really picky on color, but if you find a lighter, neutral color you like, you stand to save a ton.
Gallons of paint that normally cost $30 are sold for only $9 each at both Home Depot and Lowe’s.
8. Get a $5-off coupon when you join Home Depot’s email list.
Sign up and you’ll get a coupon via email instantly. Just be sure to use your coupon within about three weeks.
9. Shop Lowe’s if you want to use discounted gift cards.
In theory, you can get discounted gift cards for both Lowe’s and Home Depot. In reality, there are a lot more savings to be had if you buy Lowe’s gift cards from Gift Card Granny or Raise.
10. Look for Home Depot clearance flooring roughly once a month.
Buy wood laminate, tile and bamboo flooring when it reaches 30-50% off. Half off is the best discount we see, and typically it’s for wood laminate. Bamboo flooring rarely reaches more than 30% off.
11. Use BrickSeek to find more flooring if your store doesn’t have enough.
Chances are really good that you won’t find enough inventory at your local Home Depot to redo your whole kitchen.
Look up inventory at another Home Depot or Lowe’s using the item’s UPC code and then quickly call the store and see if they’ll hold it for you while you drive right over.
12. Get “contractor” bulk discounts at Lowe’s even if you’re not a contractor.
Look for yellow signs indicating “Contractor Pack” — they’ll say something like “save $8.91 when you buy three.”
13. Save up to 80% when you buy lumber scraps from Home Depot.
You can use super cheap lumber scraps to repair portions of broken cabinets, to level out new countertops, or even to go all Pinterest-y and make new floating shelves where your cabinets once lived.
Look for lumber scraps in the back of the store, and ask an associate to help you find it if you feel you’re striking out.
14. Consider getting a Home Depot or Lowe’s credit card to save 5%.
If you’re doing a big remodel and you know you’ll be buying a lot from a home improvement store, it’s best to pick one store, get a credit card (pay it off every month), and be loyal.
With the Home Depot card, you’ll get $100 back immediately when you sign up.
Lowe’s offers 5% back on every purchase, so Home Depot’s $100 back is only a better deal up to $2,000.
Rule of thumb: If you’re spending less than $2,000, go with the Home Depot card. If you’re spending more than $2,000, go with Lowe’s.
15. Ask for a 10% volume discount on materials at Home Depot.
Enroll in Pro Xtra Loyalty Rewards if your project materials will total over $1,000.
This is typically for contractors, but you don’t have to be licensed or own a business in order to enroll.
For some materials, the volume discount threshold is more like $1,500. As a member, you’ll be eligible for up to 20% in volume discounts (20% savings when you spend $7,500 on materials; 10% savings when you spend $1,000).
Each store manages the volume discount uniquely, so visit your store’s Pro Desk.
TIP: This process isn’t immediate. Sign up weeks or months in advance and then expect it to take time as the bid needs to process through Home Depot’s corporate office.
16. Buy storage and organization items from the dollar store.
You can spend at least $5 on a flatware organizer at Walmart, or you can get one for $1 at your local dollar store — your choice!
Also look for cheaper plastic baskets, jars, bins and more to organize your kitchen once it’s remodeled.
You can find a lot of ingenious uses for these items to get more mileage out of them (like storing spices in magnetic tins attached to the side of your refrigerator).
17. Skip the expensive cabinet kits and paint cabinets yourself.
Refinishing cabinets requires a lot of elbow grease, but if you are willing to do the sanding, then you don’t need a cabinet kit (like the $100 Rustoleum Transformation kits).
And if you can find a light gray or white paint in the “oops bin,” you’ll save even more. Look for satin or semi-gloss finish, grab a cheap primer, and then sand, prime, sand, paint.
And then swear you’ll never do that again, but proceed to do it again exactly six years later. Welcome to my life.
18. Shopping online? Paribus will get your money back when there’s a price drop.
If you’re shopping either Home Depot or Lowe’s online, you need Paribus in your life.
Paribus will monitor the prices on items you buy. If items go on sale or there’s a price drop for whatever reason (and it’s within the time frame for price adjustments according to store policy — usually around two weeks), Paribus will work with you to get you the difference.
Best part? It’s free.
Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.
19. Shop online when you can get cash back through Ibotta, RetailMeNot or Ebates.
Shopping portals like RetailMeNot and Ebates is almost a total bust when it comes to shopping home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Best Buy does have a RetailMeNot offer, but your best bet will be Ibotta.
Initiate your online purchase through the Ibotta app in order to get your cash back via PayPal.
- RetailMeNot: No discount
- Ebates: No discount
- Ibotta: Individual purchase offers (no online discount)
- RetailMeNot: No kitchen discount
- Ebates: No discount
- Ibotta: 1.5% back
- RMN: $10-70 off Weekly Ad items
- Ebates: 1% back
- Ibotta: 1% back
20. If you shop Home Depot online, pick up in store for free the same day.
There are tons of items (like large appliances) available for two-hour, same-day pickup when you order online.
Avoid shipping fees and get your item right away. It’s a win/win.
21. Grab a few dirt-cheap small appliances as a finishing touch.
I’ll be honest, the best time to buy small appliances is during the holidays — Black Friday sales, specifically.
If you’re looking for an orange or turquoise KitchenAid mixer to add a splash of color to your newly remodeled countertops, that’s the time to buy.
Shop Kohl’s when you can use Kohl’s Cash with a sale price, or shop Macy’s when they offer mail-in rebates.