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Just because kitchen remodels are a big project doesn’t mean they have to destroy your bank account.

If you’re trying to do a budget kitchen remodel, then you’re in the right place.

I’m going to walk you through kitchen remodel savings you can find every month of the year, then highlight the best sales, and finally I’ll spell out exactly how you can make the fine print at big-box retailers work in your favor.

But before you start your budget kitchen remodel, read these tips and tricks for saving more money than you thought possible.

(Oh, and don’t forget to download the KCL app. If you favorite big-box hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot, we’ll send you their best deals each week!)

 

1. Start your budget kitchen remodel with Home Depot’s Special Buy of the Day for 25 – 60% savings on lighting and faucets.

Home Depot special buy of the day light fixture screenshot

Bookmark The Home Depot Special Buy of the Day so you don’t miss any of the major flash sale-style deals. You’ve got 24 hours to check out the deeply discounted items, and if you check on the right day, you’ll find lighting fixtures and faucets available for 25 – 60% off reg. price.

Here’s a deal we found on a Glacier Bay kitchen faucet (reg. $159):

Buy 1 Glacier Bay Brenner Commercial-Style, Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet (reg. $159) $79.50, special buy price
Free shipping on orders of $35+ or free store pickup
Final Price: $79.50

And we found this Riviera island light (reg. $90.38) for 60% off retail price:

Buy 1 Riviera Octo 26-Watt Integrated LED Chrome Modern Island Light Hanging Pendant Light Chandelier (reg. $90.38), $59.97 special buy price
Free shipping on orders of $35+ or free store pickup
Final Price: $59.97

The catch? Home Depot won’t match their Special Buy of the Day prices in stores.

See our best tips for saving at Home Depot here.

 

2. Stay under budget and save 15 – 30% on kitchen appliances with Lowe’s Appliance Special Values section.

lowes appliance section in store with sale sign

If you’re looking for cheap new Lowe’s appliances, check out the Appliance Special Values section of Lowes.com. I’ve found refrigerators, washers/dryers, dishwashers, and microwaves for 15 – 30% off regular price, like this Maytag dryer (reg. $749) for $589.

Buy 1 Maytag 7-cubic-foot Dryer with Wrinkle Control (reg. $749), $589 sale price
Free delivery on appliances over $400
Final Price: $589

But I’ve found the biggest savings on new refrigerators, like this Samsung refrigerator Lowe’s sold for 30% off regular price.

Buy 1 Samsung 28.2-cubic-foot French Door Refrigerator with ice Maker (reg. $2,099), $1,499 sale price
Free delivery on appliances over $400
Final Price: $1,499

See our best tips for saving at Lowe’s here.

 

3. Shop large appliance rebates at Lowe’s or Home Depot for up to $1,500 back.

person holding many visa gift cards in applainces sign

Always check The Home Depot or Lowe’s rebate centers for special rebates on refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ovens, and more. You can get cash back (in the form of Visa prepaid gift cards) simply by choosing appliances featured on either rebate list.

You’ll get the biggest rebate when you replace multiple appliances. For example, to get $1,600 back, you’d need to buy four large appliances. (A combo including an oven/range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and a microwave would work.)

And you can also get cash back for recycling old appliances. Expect a $50 rebate for recycling an old fridge or freezer — as long as it’s clean, empty, defrosted, and in working condition. They’ll even come by and pick it up for you!

See our best tips for getting cheap Lowe’s appliances here.

 

4. Lowe’s and Best Buy price match Amazon on identical items — The Home Depot won’t.

A cell phone displaying The Home Depot app, held on top of a Lowe's weekly advertisement.

As long as the identical item is sold and shipped by Amazon (not a third party), Lowe’s will match any lower prices you find on Amazon.

To get Lowe’s or Best Buy to price match Amazon, all you have to do is show proof of the lower price to a Lowe’s or Best Buy associate (screenshots are perfect). Oh, and both stores let you get the price match online as well. Here’s what you do:

  • At Lowe’s, call 1-877-465-6937 for your price match.
  • At Best Buy, go to their policy page and start an online chat.

By the way, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Best Buy all price match each other. So if you have loyalty to one retailer, it’s still worth shopping around!

Read all about Lowe’s price match policy and Home Depot’s price match policy here.

 

5. The best flooring savings are in Home Depot’s clearance section: 30 – 85% off reg. price.

Home Depot clearance flooring

I know 30 – 85% savings is a pretty wide range, but that’s what we’ve seen from Home Depot’s clearance flooring prices going back to 2019.

The Home Depot near me updates their clearance flooring once every 4 – 5 weeks, and it’s worth checking each month, because you’ll never know when you’ll strike gold.

In June 2021, our deals team found ceramic floor and wall tile (reg. $0.94/square foot) on clearance for $0.12 per square foot.

Buy 1 Glenwood Cherry 7 in. x 20 in. Ceramic Floor and Wall Tile (reg. $0.94/ sq ft) $0.12/ sq ft, clearance price
In store only
Final Price: $0.12 per sq ft

Please note that flooring is sold by the case, and most cases cover between 19 and 23 square feet of floor space.

You can find Home Depot or Lowe’s clearance stock by searching UPC codes (near any item’s description online) on BrickSeek. Then call the store, and see if they’ll hold it for you while you drive right over.

By the way, Home Depot will remove carpet and prep your subflooring up to one-quarter of an inch.

 

 

6. Spending more than $1,000? Ask for a bulk discount from Home Depot and save 10% on your purchase.

Enroll in Pro Xtra Loyalty Rewards if your project materials will total over $1,000. You don’t even 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.

PRO 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.

You can also get 10% off most regular-priced Home Depot purchases if you’re a current or former military member.

 

7. Lowe’s Pro Desk will offer bulk discounts of 10 – 30% if you spend more than $1,500.

Man in Lowes store pushing flat bed cart filled with lumber and construction items

When your total hits $1,500 (which is practically a given for big kitchen renovations), head over to the Lowe’s Pro Desk. Depending on what you’re buying, they’ll offer a 10 – 30% discount after processing your order.

As you make your way through Lowe’s, look for yellow signs indicating “Contractor Pack” — they usually give you a 10% discount when you buy multiple of a certain item, like paintbrushes.

Read our breakdown of the best Lowe’s discounts here.

 

8. Rent tools from Lowe’s instead of Home Depot — Lowe’s is cheaper.

A tool rental pamphlet help up in front of the tool rental area in Home Depot.

Choosing between Home Depot tool rental and Lowe’s tool rental really depends on how long you’ll need your rentals.

If you only need tools for four hours or one day, then Home Depot and Lowe’s are priced about the same on most equipment I saw (give or take $5 in either direction). And both stores charge a $50 deposit on most rentals.

But if you need rentals for 1 – 4 weeks, then I’d rent from Lowe’s. On rare occasions, The Home Depot offers cheaper rates on short- and long-term rentals (like this 20V paint sprayer), but most of the time Lowe’s is more than $50 cheaper for 4-week rentals.

Check this out:

graphic showing kitchen renovation tool rental rates from Lowe's and Home Depot

Read more about how to save money by renting tools.

 

9. Shop lighting at Wayfair to get Pottery Barn look-alikes for 45 – 50% cheaper.

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.

For example, check out this schoolhouse pendant light. Pottery Barn sells it for $149. I found a similar pendant light on Wayfair for only $83.85.

Another example is this metal bell pole pendant that PB sells for $169. Get it on Wayfair for only $79.99.

Read more about the best ways to save money at Wayfair here.

 

10. Buy “oops paint” at Home Depot stores for about $5 per gallon.

oops paint section at lowes

The Home Depot and Lowe’s are known to sell mistint paint (“oops paint”), which is just paint that’s been returned or was mixed incorrectly.

In my experience, the best time to look for oops paint is a few weeks after paint sales end, because it usually takes people a few weeks to return the paint they don’t need. Pop in at the end of July to see what people returned during the Fourth of July sale, which is a big one for both retailers.

Although this is going to vary from store to store, it’s worth checking out. Getting a gallon of paint for $5 is equivalent to at least 75% savings on even the cheapest paint out there.

Read more about how to get cheap paint here.

 

 

11. Save up to 70% on raw lumber marked purple in the back of your local Home Depot.

A woman taking wood off the reduced lumber pile.

Instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets outright, you can keep your kitchen remodel on budget by using super-cheap lumber scraps to make minor repairs yourself. Or even go all Pinterest-y and make new floating shelves where your cabinets used to live

Lucky for us, The Home Depot takes 70% off their leftover, warped, and damaged wood.

At my Home Depot, I’ve found this wood near the very back of their lumber section (it’s near the far wall at my store). Check there or ask an associate where they keep the leftover pieces.

And if needed, remember that Home Depot will cut your lumber for free.

 

12. Lowe’s Presidents’ Day Sale is the best time to shop appliances — because you save 35 – 50% on regular price.

Lowes refridgerators

Since 2019, Lowe’s Presidents’ Day sale has run from the start of February through the holiday weekend (always the third weekend of February, by the way).

And this is the time when I’ve found the best savings on Lowe’s large appliances. I’m talking 35 – 50% off regular price, which nearly doubles the savings we’ve seen at Lowe’s during their Black Friday sale. Here’s what I mean:

Buy 1 GE 25.3-cubic-feet side-by-side refrigerator (reg. $1,599), $999 sale price.
Free shipping on all orders over $45
Final Price: $999

Buy 1 Frigidaire Food-Disposal Built-In Dishwasher ($899), $449 sale price.
Free shipping on all orders over $45
Final Price: $449

Here’s when we’re expecting to see the best Lowe’s sales of 2022.

 

13. Expect 50 – 65% savings on sinks and lighting during Wayfair’s Way Day sale in April.

wayfair-kohler-farmhouse-double-sink-042821

Wayfair’s best sale of the year isn’t Black Friday — it’s Way Day. Way Day, which always happens in late April, is a one- to two-day sale (it was a two-day sale in 2021 for the first time) during which Wayfair advertises 80% discounts in each department.

In my experience, the items you’d want for a kitchen remodel have discounts in the 50 – 65% range, but it’s still a great sale. Here’s a deal we saw in 2021 on a double-basin farmhouse kitchen sink:

Buy 1 Double Basins Farmhouse Kitchen Sink (reg. $979) $460.45, sale price
Free shipping
Final Price: $460.45

We also saw this four-light pendant fixture (reg. $132.99) for $86.44. That’s 65% savings!

Buy 1 Neuhaus Four-Light Lantern geometric Pendant (reg. $132.99), $86.44 sale price
Free shipping
Final Price: $86.44

Before you shop Wayfair, be sure to read our Wayfair returns explainer first.

 

14. Consider getting a Home Depot or Lowe’s credit card to save 5%.

Person holding a Home Depot credit card application

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 (make sure to pay it off every month), and be loyal.

With The Home Depot credit card, you’ll get up to $100 back immediately when you sign up.

Lowe’s credit card 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.

Here are the best store credit cards for saving money.

 

15. Get free shipping by spending at least $45 at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Man dropping home depot delivery box on doorstep

Spending at least $45 will also earn you free shipping from Lowe’s. Lowe’s also will deliver large appliances for free if you live within 75 miles of a brick-and-mortar store. And they’ll haul away your old appliance.

You’ll get Home Depot free shipping on all orders over $45 with two-day delivery. The Home Depot also provides free standard delivery and installation on all appliances priced at least $396.

Home Depot will take care of your old appliance, but they just ask that you unplug and disconnect it prior to their arrival.

 

 

16. Lowe’s has the friendliest return policy for large appliances with a 30-day window to make your return.

A Lowes return receipt at the Lowes return counter

If you’re worried about having to return your large appliances, then you should give Lowe’s some extra thought.

Home Depot only allows shoppers two days to return their large appliance for a full refund. Best Buy is a little better with a 15-day return window.

But Lowe’s is the best. They give you a full 30 days to make your return if you’re not satisfied with the appliance.

 

17. If you shop Home Depot online, pick up in the store for free the same day.

Home Depot in store pickup lockers

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.

By the way, Lowe’s does curbside pickup, too! Here’s everything you need to know.

 

18. Shop Lowe’s if you want to use discounted gift cards and save 4 – 5%.

lowes 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.

Lowe’s

The Home Depot

If you haven’t used Raise before, it’s pretty simple. They sell you full-value gift cards at a slight markdown — for Lowe’s, it’s usually 4 – 5% off the regular price. That means a $50 gift card only costs $47.75. I think of it as paying forward my own discount.

Read more about our best gift card tips here.

 

19. Shopping HomeDepot.com? Paribus will help you get money back when there’s a price drop.

paribus app open in front of floor kitchen model

If you’re shopping HomeDepot.com, 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), Paribus will notify you and give you all the information you need to request the difference.

Best part? It’s free.

Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.

 

20. Get 4% cash back when you shop Home Depot online with Ibotta.

Ibotta app held in a persons hand inside Home Depot

If you’re planning on making some big purchases, definitely take advantage of Home Depot rebates. You can currently grab 4% cash back on online orders through Ibotta.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ibotta, it’s easy to use. You’ll have to create an account, but from there you simply search “Home Depot” from Ibotta’s home page. Then click on The Home Depot link, and anything you buy will earn you cash back.

And hey, 4% might not sound like much, but it’ll at least cover your sales tax for a major purchase.

 

 

21. Grab a few dirt-cheap small appliances as a finishing touch from Kohl’s.

toastmasters small appliances

I’ll be honest, the best time to buy small appliances is during the holidays — Black Friday sales, specifically.

That’s because the big department stores — Macy’s, Kohl’s, and JCPenney — run major mail-in rebate deals on small kitchen appliances.

The best deal we found in 2021 was from Kohl’s, which let shoppers stack a 15% off coupon on top of their rebate purchase.

Here’s how we stacked that coupon with Kohl’s mail-in rebate offer to save 90% on Toastmaster appliances:

Buy 1 Toastmaster 2-Slice Toaster (reg. $24.99) $18.99, sale price
Or Toastmaster Immersion Blender (reg. $24.99) $18.99, sale price
Or Toastmaster Electric Knife (reg. $24.99) $18.99, sale price
Buy 1, submit for $14 mail-in rebate
Use code for 15% off
Free curbside pickup
Pay $16.14, submit for $14 mail-in rebate
Final Price: $2.14

What deals are you looking for as you budget your own kitchen remodel? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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