Learning how to read The Home Depot price tags, getting the scoop on the best sales, and using Home Depot coupons to save on all your DIY projects is what I call smart shopping.

So don’t start that Pinterest project or home remodel quite yet. In fact, don’t even plan your next move until you read these Home Depot sale hacks!

 

1. Return dead trees, perennials, and shrubs 365 days after your purchase.

Raise your hand if you can’t keep green things alive….

The Home Depot return policy states trees, perennials, house plants and shrubs have a one-year guarantee. So, if your shrub dies on day 359, you can dig it up and return it, as long as you still have your receipt.

If any live plants you bought online arrive damaged or dead, call within three days to get a replacement delivered at no charge!

Confession: This is the only way I can keep plants alive. Home Depot customer service has been kind to me throughout the years only because I know to keep my receipt (placing my receipt in a zip bag and taping it to the bottom of my planter helps me). If you try to return a dead plant with no receipt — and worse, no idea what the deceased plant is called — you may be rejected.

 

2. Clearance prices ending in “6” will be discounted again six weeks after a markdown date.

These items are already on clearance, but if you can wait six weeks, you’ll see the price lowered again, usually to about half the amount of the price tag ending in “6.”

For example, something marked with a “$4.06” price tag will be “$2.03” after six weeks.

Look at the date printed on the tag (usually near the barcode) to determine how long it’s been since the last markdown date.

 

3. Price tags ending in “3” show the cheapest price an item will ever go.

When you see a yellow tag ending in “3,” it’s an item on its way out, so buy when you see this price — it won’t get any cheaper!

PRO TIP: Download the free KCL app and add Home Depot as one of your favorite stores so you never miss a sale or clearance price again!

 

4. Join The Home Depot Garden Club for a $5 off $50 coupon.

You don’t need to be an avid gardener (or have the ability to keep plants alive) to join the club.

Sign up for Home Depot’s Garden Club to get tips and special promotions emailed to you, including the occasional freebie! In fact, you can get a “$5 off a $50 purchase” coupon just for signing up.

 

5. The Home Depot Spring Black Friday sale in April is the best time to buy landscaping and cleaning items.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — in the spring.

From tools to building materials to landscaping goods, Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday is one of the best sales of the year.

The sale usually kicks off in April, so look for landscaping deals like 5 bags of mulch for $10, 5 packs of annuals for $5, and 40% off patio furniture.

Also expect to find Special Buy of the Day, one-day deals on cleaning items. We’ve seen deals like $6 off Arm & Hammer detergent and $5 off air filters during the sale.

Shop all Home Depot deals now.

 

6. The Home Depot 4th of July sale is the best time to buy new grills, appliances, or lawn care.

This is actually called the “Red, White and Blue Sale” at Home Depot, and if you miss Spring Black Friday, you can score up to 40% savings on patio furniture during this time too.

Plus, if you’re in the market for up to 40% savings on anything from a new refrigerator to a lawn mower or a new grill, shop this sale.

Home Depot’s Red, White and Blue Sale usually lasts about ten days with the 4th of July landing right in the middle of the sale. For example, the sale may run July 1 – 10, depending on what day of the week the holiday falls.

 

7. The best time to buy paint is on holiday weekends during The Home Depot Memorial Day and Labor Day sales.

Wait — don’t start painting that DIY project just yet!

Wait for the the biggest paint discounts at Home Depot, which usually happen during any 3-day weekends like The Home Depot Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day sales. Plan ahead to save around $5 per gallon!

 

8. Save up to 40% on Home Depot kitchen and bath in mid-January to mid-March.

Home Depot’s Kitchen and Bath Event runs from mid-January to mid-March. You’ll see up to 40% off everything you need to redo these spaces.

 

9. The Home Depot Black Friday sale is when you can save at least 50% on Christmas decor, power tools, and flooring.

Not heading to Home Depot on Black Friday would be a huge mistake!

Home Depot Black Friday is the time and place to buy the best Christmas trees and decor for cheap! We’re talkin’ $79 pre-lit, 7.5 ft. Christmas trees that are regularly $229 and $0.99 poinsettias among other holiday decor deals.

Year after year we’ve also seen DeWalt, Ryobi, Makita, and Milwaukee power tool kits on sale, as well as plank flooring discounts that are at least 50% off regular prices.

 

10. Take advantage of Home Depot price matching in store and online.

You should totally stalk Home Depot competitors, and when you find a cheaper price on an exact item, price match at The Home Depot. Home Depot’s top competitors are listed below — you can bet at least one of them may have a cheaper price!

  • Target
  • Lowe’s
  • JCPenney
  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • Staples
  • True Value
  • Macy’s

Just bring in a local competitor’s flyer and ask for the price match, or request a price match online. Home Depot will even price match a competitor’s shipping costs or ship the item to you for free if it’s over $45 (the minimum shipping cost for most online orders).

 

11. Shop HomeDepot.com for more selection and savings.

HomeDepot.com and Home Depot stores may have different prices for the same items. And they don’t usually offer online and store price matches because vendor and inventory costs are different.

This means you should always check online prices before heading into Home Depot.

Often, there are special online-only deals and coupons. For instance, if you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, you’ll find more brands and models — often with Special Buy of the Day discounts — that aren’t available in store.

If you need your order the same day you placed it, you can pick it up at the store within 2 hours for free!

Plus, Home Depot offers free online shipping and returns on orders over $45.

 

12. Auto ship items you always need with a Home Depot subscription and save 5%.

Why get in the car and drive to Home Depot every time you need to change the air filter in your HVAC or the water filter in your fridge? You just end up buying stuff you don’t need. Put qualifying purchases (filtered with free two-day shipping) on a Home Depot subscription under your account at HomeDepot.com and never think about it again.

All you need is a Home Depot account with your credit card linked and you can save 5% (and gas) every time you need something like a new filter. You can pause or cancel your subscriptions anytime by pulling the menu down under “My Account,” and selecting “My Subscriptions.”

 

13. Save around 50% on Deal of the Day items.

Make it a habit to check one-day deals at Home Depot! Home Depot “Deal of the Day” or “Special Buy of the Day” products are typically around 50% off regular prices and are discounted for just 24 hours.

We’ve seen big savings on anything from chandeliers and storage bins to power tools and coolers. These Special Buys are worth heading in store for, but often you can also buy them online with free shipping.

No free shipping? Select to pick the item up for free at your nearest Home Depot location.

 

14. Does Home Depot accept Lowe’s coupons?

Yes, but it’s complicated.

If you bring in a 10% off Lowe’s coupon to use at Home Depot, yes, you’ll save 10% on your order. Home Depot calls this a price match, though, so they won’t actually ask you to hand over your Lowe’s coupon (which, yay — now you can shop Lowe’s too!).

 

 

15. Get a $5 Home Depot coupon when you join the email list.

Once you submit your email address, a “$5 off your next $50 purchase” Home Depot coupon will land in your inbox.

Plus, you’ll get alerts for Home Depot’s Special Deal of the Day. Plan your big shopping trips around this, people!

TIP: Check the box to receive text alerts when you sign up for Home Depot emails in order to find out about more coupons and sale promotions.

 

16. Grab a Home Depot Coupon book in the cleaning aisle.

Before you buy any cleaning supplies at Home Depot, glance around near the cleaning aisle or even near the entrance of the store for these coupon booklets full of coupons you can redeem immediately in store.

 

17. The 10-15% off Home Depot Moving Coupon isn’t around anymore, but you can still get the discount.

Changing your address? You used to get a Home Depot moving coupon for up to 15% off from the post office, but those don’t exist anymore.

But don’t fret. Here’s a little insider tip: instead, the post office mover’s savings packet now includes a 10% off moving coupon from Lowe’s. Bring that coupon to Home Depot and they’ll price match it. You’ll save 10% and get to keep the coupon to use later at Lowe’s!

Psst…buy mover’s coupons on eBay if you want the discount without having to change your address.

 

18. Don’t buy moving boxes.

You’re wasting money by buying moving boxes. Just. Don’t. Do. It.

Single moving boxes at Home Depot are about $1.48 per medium box, which is a penny less than U-Haul single medium boxes. If you need multiple boxes, Walmart will sell you 25 for $35 or $1.40 each.

But if you really want to save, I’ll show you 27 places to get free moving boxes from places like Craigslist and retailers who will happily give them to you gratis.

 

19. Get up to 20% off a moving truck when you make your reservation on HomeDepot.com.

Hands down, Home Depot’s moving truck prices beat U-Haul.

Get 10% off when you reserve a Penske truck online, plus get an additional 10% off if you’re a college student, AAA member, or when you use your Home Depot military discount.

For example, if you’re looking for a 26′ truck to move your 4-bedroom house from Boise, Idaho to Portland, Oregon, Home Depot (Penske) comes in at $221.04 with unlimited mileage (including a $24.60 online booking discount). You could knock another 10% off with a AAA membership too! You’d pay $259 for the same trip in the same size U-Haul truck.

 

20. Active duty and retired military get the 10% Home Depot military discount every day. All Vets save 10% only on select holidays.

All active duty military personnel and retired or disabled veterans and spouses are eligible for a 10% Home Depot Veterans discount at all store locations any day of the week.

You need to present your military ID — it must say “service connected” below your photo and name — in order to get the discount.

During holidays such as Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day, all other Vets are eligible for a 10% Home Depot Veterans discount. Note that honorably discharged Vets who are no longer active duty or retired military aren’t eligible any other time of the year. Present your DD214 only on these days to receive your 10% off.

 

21. Home Depot will cut any piece of lumber twice for free.

Need wood? Lumber like poplar is sold by the foot, while pine is sold by the board. It’s much cheaper to buy a piece of a large board or plank vs. precut portions.

And if you need just one foot of poplar for your Pinterest project, ask an associate to cut a board for you — no need to buy the whole plank!

 

22. Save up to 70% on leftover raw lumber marked purple in the back of the store.

If you need a stack of lumber and you aren’t sure where to find it, check the very back of the lumber section, or ask an associate where they keep the leftover pieces.

You can score untreated lumber scraps for up to 70% off! Now, that’s a steal!

In this case, all the clearance wood pieces were marked with purple.

 

23. The Home Depot Pro discount can save you up to 30% on purchases over $1,500.

First, join the free HD Pro Xtra program and then head over to the Pro Desk if your project materials will total over $1,500 or if you’re buying one item in bulk — you might qualify for a Home Depot volume discount!

The Pro Desk is generally for contractors, but it’s technically open to anyone. Bring your project list to your local Pro Desk and they’ll put together a quote for you, usually within minutes. Aim for 1 – 30% off your total.

The best items to buy through Pro are hardware (knobs), lighting, plumbing, and lumber. Worst buys (because you’re least likely to get a discount) are appliances and tools.

 

24. Buying a lot but not spending over $1,500? Ask for Home Depot’s bulk price.

Maybe you have a big project, but it’s certainly not going to cost you over $1,500. You might want to look into Home Depot’s bulk pricing, which can get you up to 30% off on over 4000 eligible products. The catch: you have to buy a lot, ’cause Home Depot isn’t messing around when they say “bulk.” But, if you’re laying tile on an outdoor patio and need at least 20 bags of thin set — boom! You’ve just met the minimum quantity and saved $2 per bag.

 

25. Shopping for appliances? Use the online Home Depot Rebate Center to save.

Always check The Home Depot’s online rebate center for special rebates on refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ovens, and more — plus rebates on installation.

You’ll have the best luck with this if you’re replacing multiple appliances. For example, to get $1,600 back, you’d need to buy four large appliances (some combination of an oven/range, plus a refrigerator and then two other appliances of your choice within that same line — like a dishwasher and a microwave, perhaps).

TIP: Also look into Energy Star rebates to see if you can get a manufacturer’s rebate through your local gas or electric company for an Energy Star appliance purchase. For example, in Los Angeles you can get a $75 rebate on your Energy Star certified refrigerator purchase. It’s a mail-in-rebate you print, fill out, and send to the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power.

 

26. Get a $30 gallon of paint for $9 when you get it from the “oops” bin.

Ever wonder what the paint technicians do with paint that isn’t tinted exactly right? They stick it in the “oops bin” for sale at a steep discount, clearly.

All “oops” gallons are marked down to $9, even if they were originally over $30!

TIP: One of my favorite Home Depot sale hacks? Shop the “oops” bin during major sales like Spring Black Friday, and you might be able to use a paint rebate on oops bin paint too! Look for $10 back on one gallon and $40 back on a 5-gallon can of paint. If you do the math, you’ll find that has potential to be a free gallon of paint!

 

 

27. Check the aisle endcaps for Home Depot clearance sale items.

Make a beeline to the middle of your nearest Home Depot store!

If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves for a good treasure hunt, you can find great deals on the clearance shelves. Non-seasonal Home Depot clearance is typically located on endcaps along the big, middle aisle in stores.

 

28. Pick up holiday clearance by The Home Depot Pro Desk for up to 90% off.

This is where you’ll find some killer deals on holiday decor, especially after Christmas and Halloween.

The day after Christmas, you’ll see up to 50% off holiday items, but wait a day or two after the new year and get up to 75% off holiday clearance until mid-January. By the time it hits up to 90% off three weeks after a holiday, pickings are slim. Shop clearance sales right after a holiday for the best selection.

 

29. Get your tools repaired for free if they’re still under warranty.

If you bought your tools at Home Depot and they’re still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, Home Depot’s expert technicians will repair them and file a claim at no cost to you.

Plus, each Home Depot tool repair is backed by a 90-day guarantee.

 

30. Home Depot Tool Rental lets you rent machinery or power tools by the hour, day, week, or month.

Let’s say you need a power washer to clean your deck or patio furniture. You can buy one for over $200, or you can rent a heavy-duty model for less than $30 for the afternoon (4 hours).

When we need our carpets cleaned, we rent a carpet cleaner from the Tool Rental Center for $22.

 

31. Rent a Load n’ Go truck for $19 or a trailer for $27 to bring home a heavy load.

You’re standing in the aisle thinking, “How the heck am I going to get all this home?”

Just add an extra $19 to your bill, and borrow a Home Depot pickup truck to take it home with you that day. You’ll have 75 minutes to get everything home and return the truck.

 

 

32. Check RetailMeNot for cash-back savings if you’re shopping online.

Last time we checked, RetailMeNot offers 20% cash back on a decor or furniture purchase at Home Depot.

Stack these cash-back offerings with discounted gift cards to see the most savings. Which leads me to. . .

 

33. Use discounted Home Depot gift cards from Gift Card Granny or Raise for an instant discount.

We’ve seen discounted Home Depot gift cards reach between 1 – 4% off from Gift Card Granny and Raise.

Buy a discounted digital gift card for less than the face value, and use it like cash within minutes after you purchase it. For more savings, combine your discounted Home Depot gift card with sales and coupons.

 

34. Use Paribus to get money back if something you already bought goes on sale.

Just be sure to sign up for Paribus and get your Home Depot receipts sent to your email.

Paribus will monitor your purchases and alert you when something you bought goes on sale within 30 days after the purchase. Then you can request a price adjustment and get the difference back!

Download Paribus now to start getting price adjustments when your items go on sale within 30 days of purchase, or bring your receipt to the in-store customer service desk for a Home Depot price adjustment.

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

 

35. Sign up for Saturday morning free Home Depot Kids Workshops.

Kids get to create cool household items like matching bookends or a rain gauge.

They’ll also take home their own workshop apron and commemorative pin!

Kids workshops happen once a month — typically the first Saturday morning of the month.

TIP: Adults can attend workshops too! Just pay the cost of materials and avoid a potential Pinterest fail!

 

36. The Home Depot teacher discount lets educators buy tax-free!

Teachers and other tax-exempt folks including government workers can avoid paying sales tax on purchases they plan to use in their classrooms. Depending on your state’s sales tax, that’s quite a discount!

Note that you won’t get a Home Depot teacher discount for items you’re buying for personal use. Only for items you’ll use in the classroom. Also, you need to register your tax-exempt status with Home Depot before you walk up to the checkout aisle.

 

37. Complete The Home Depot survey for a chance to win $5,000.

Enter the code and password found on the bottom your receipt to enter into The Home Depot survey sweepstakes. You’ll have to answer a few questions about your shopping experience.

Four times a year, Home Depot will randomly select one survey-taker from the general consumer and professional shopper categories to each win a $5,000 prize.

 

38. Don’t expect ongoing rewards with a Home Depot credit card.

New cardholders get $25 off their first purchase of $25 – $999, or $100 off a first purchase of $1,000 or more. Not a bad discount — however, that’s the best you’ll get as far as rewards go.

True, the 0% interest for six months (as long as you spend $299 or more) is appealing, but that’s the only other real perk that comes with The Home Depot Consumer Credit Card. You’re better off using another credit card with points or rewards.

The Home Depot Project Loan card is an option for shoppers planning bigger remodels and for loans up to $55,000 with a 7.99% fixed interest rate.

 

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