Before you plan your next big DIY project, you’ve gotta know these Home Depot hacks: Taking advantage of Home Depot’s tool rentals, scoping out their paint sales, and price matching the old Home Depot moving coupon is what I call smart shopping.
So don’t start that Pinterest project or home remodel until you read these Home Depot sale hacks! And bookmark the KCL Home Depot coupons page for all the latest savings info.
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1. Save hundreds with Home Depot tool rental.
You gotta take advantage of Home Depot tool rental if you need anything from power tools to heavy lifting equipment but don’t want to overpay.
I just checked out a rental on a Milwaukee cordless saw for $67 a day that would run $599 for a full purchase. A savings of 88% is nothing to scoff at.
2. Buy paint on holiday weekends or during The Home Depot Memorial Day sale.
Wait — don’t start painting that DIY project just yet!
Wait for the biggest paint discounts at Home Depot, which usually happen during any three-day weekends like The Home Depot Memorial Day, Presidents’ Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day sales (nothing for Labor Day 2021 though, so it varies). Plan ahead to save around $5 per gallon!
The Home Depot Memorial Day sale also usually has 30% off exterior paints, a great excuse to redesign this summer.
3. Return dead trees, perennials, and shrubs for up to a year.
Home Depot trees, perennials, houseplants, 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!
The policy doesn’t cover floral arrangements or cut flowers.
4. Sign up for Home Depot workshops and get a 15% off coupon.
Home Depot workshops are online only at the moment, but they’re still going strong. You’ve got livestreams, kids workshops, and even Pinterest-inspired DIY workshops. Once you’ve completed the workshop, you’ll get a 15% off coupon in your email.
5. You can also grab Home Depot Kids Workshop kits for free.
In addition to the workshops, you can take home Home Depot Kids Workshop kits for free. They come in on the first of the month and go pretty fast, so you might want to call ahead to see if there are any available before you stop by.
The kit for March 2021 is a constructible riding mower, and there are also seasonal kits for holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. There’s a limit of five kits per person.
6. Join The Home Depot Garden Club for a $5 off $50 coupon.
Sign up for The Home Depot Garden Club to get tips and special promotions emailed to you, including the occasional freebie! You get a “$5 off a $50 purchase” coupon just for signing up.
7. The Home Depot military discount gives all active military members and veterans 10% off.
All active duty military personnel and retired or disabled veterans and spouses are eligible for a 10% Home Depot military 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. You can’t combine your military discount with any other offers or use the discount online.
8. Put The Home Depot Spring Black Friday sale on your calendar.
From tools to building materials to landscaping goods, Home Depot’s Spring Black Friday is one of the best sales of the year.
We’ve seen great deals in the past, like 40% off patio furniture and storage shelving, and even more off ladders and miter saws.
9. Stop by the 4th of July sale for 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 to two weeks with the 4th of July landing right in the middle of the sale.
10. Save 40% on new appliances during the Labor Day sale.
The Home Depot Labor Day sale is an ideal time to start refreshing the house from the bathrooms to the kitchen and beyond.
For Labor Day 2020, Home Depot was offering up to 40% off on select:
- Small kitchen appliances
- Vanities and faucets
- Bed and bath linens
But, for Labor Day 2021, Home Depot offered 25% off appliances.
11. Save up to 40% on 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.
12. Save 50% (and more) on Christmas decor, power tools, and appliances during the Home Depot Black Friday sale.
Home Depot Black Friday is the time and place to buy tools, Christmas trees, inflatables, appliances, and much more.
We’re talkin’ $79 pre-lit, 7.5 ft. Christmas trees (reg. $199) and tool sets from companies like Husky for $99 ($530 value). They’ve also offered bundles with freebies, like a free rechargeable battery with certain power tools.
13. Take advantage of price matching in store and online.
Home Depot price matching is a good reason to stalk other retailers. If you find the exact same make and model cheaper available at another brick-and-mortar store, just bring in proof (printout, local ad, smartphone browser) and they’ll take a look.
You can even price match online if you get in contact with Home Depot customer service at (800) 466-3337.
Here are all the stores Home Depot price matches with:
- Best Buy
- True Value
- Mom-and-pop stores
They won’t price match online-only retailers like Amazon and eBay or wholesale stores like Costco and Sam’s Club. Occasionally they’ll be lenient (especially with Amazon), so if you see a better price, discuss with your local Home Depot store manager and see if they’re willing to do a match.
Home Depot also won’t price match clearance, damaged, or discontinued merchandise. They also don’t match their own website prices if the item says “online only.”
14. Shop HomeDepot.com for more selection and savings.
HomeDepot.com and your nearest Home Depot store 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.
15. Get free shipping at Home Depot when you spend over $45.
You’ll get Home Depot free shipping on all orders over $45 with two-day delivery. This won’t apply to everything, so you won’t get free shipping on gift cards or anything with size/weight restrictions.
There’s also free standard delivery on all appliances $396 and more.
16. Auto ship items you always need with a 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 system or the water filter in your fridge?. Set up a Home Depot subscription to save yourself some hassle.
Put qualifying purchases 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. There’s also free shipping on your subscriptions. You can pause or cancel anytime by pulling the menu down under “My Account” and selecting “My Subscriptions.”
You also have options to toggle how often you’d like the items shipped, from monthly to once a year.
17. Save around 50% on the Special Buy of the Day.
Bookmark The Home Depot Special Buy of the Day so you don’t miss any of the major deals. You’ve got 24 hours to check out the deeply discounted items (usually around 30 – 50% off) with a ticker to tell you how much time you have left.
They won’t match their Special Buy of the Day sales in store.
18. Home Depot will accept all Lowe’s coupons.
Not just the moving coupon, as I mentioned above. If you bring in any 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, so you’ll still need the coupon as proof.
19. Get a $5 coupon when you join the email list.
Make sure you subscribe to Home Depot emails. Once you submit your email address, a “$5 off your next $50 purchase” 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!
20. Ask a manager for free moving boxes instead of buying them.
Home Depot boxes can be a little pricey, about $1.48 per medium box, so we don’t recommend buying them. Instead, if you speak to a Home Depot manager (especially a night manager) about free moving boxes, there’s a good chance you’ll get them.
The manager might set aside some of their inventory boxes for you.
21. And take advantage of all the other Home Depot freebies.
Free moving boxes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to free Home Depot items. Here are some of the other freebies you can get:
- Paint shaking and re-tinting (as long as you buy it at Home Depot)
- Flooring and carpet samples
- Battery recycling
22. Rent a Load n’ Go van for $19 to bring home a heavy load.
You’re standing in the aisle thinking, “How the heck am I going to get all this home?” You can rent a Home Depot Load N’ Go van.
Just add an extra $19 to your bill, and borrow a Home Depot van to take it home with you that day. You’ll have 75 minutes to get everything home and return the vehicle. You also have the option to rent for $129 a day or $903 a week.
23. Combine discounts for 22% off your Home Depot moving truck.
If you’re moving, look into Home Depot moving truck rental through Penske. It’s not available at every Home Depot but makes it much easier to rent and return. You can either choose to rent for same-day return if you’re moving in town, or long distance with unlimited mileage if you’re moving further away.
You get 10% off when you reserve a Penske truck online through Home Depot. Get an additional 10% off if you’re a college student or use your Home Depot military discount. AAA members save 12% as well.
Up to two of these discounts can be combined, but not through booking online. Call Penske customer service at (844) 312-6408 and they’ll combine the discounts. They’ll even honor the online booking discount.
24. Look for clearance prices ending in “6” – they’ll 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.
25. Scope out price tags ending in “3,” 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 in three weeks after the markdown, so buy when you see this price — it won’t get any cheaper!
26. Get your lumber cut twice for free at Home Depot.
Home Depot will cut any piece of wood for you free twice. After that, there’s a 50 cent charge per cut and you can do a total of 10 cuts.
And that’s not the only material you can get cut for free:
- Electrical wire
- Wire shelving
- Window blinds
27. 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.
Home Depot takes 70% off their leftover, warped, and damaged wood. Just keep an eye out for the purple-marked wood pieces.
28. Save up to 30% on purchases over $1,500 with The Home Depot Pro Xtra discount.
First, join the free Home Depot 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 5 – 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. There have also been major discounts on vanities, light fixtures, and cabinets.
29. Buying a lot but not spending over $1,500? Ask for bulk pricing.
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 bulk pricing, which can get you up to 30% off on over 4,000 eligible products. The catch: you have to buy a lot, ’cause Home Depot isn’t messing around when they say “bulk.”
Last time I checked, they were selling R-13 Kraft Insulation (reg. $56.98) for $39.89 apiece when you buy at least 15. Can’t argue with 30% off.
30. Shopping for appliances? Use the online Home Depot Rebate Center to save.
Always check The Home Depot 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).
PRO 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. You can do the rebate online or through the mail.
31. Pick up Home Depot paint for $5 a gallon with 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.
Check out The Home Depot paint section and get a gallon of “oops” paint for $9 or five gallons for $25.
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!
32. Check the aisle endcaps for Home Depot clearance sale items.
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.
33. 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.
34. Get your tools repaired for free if they’re still under warranty.
As long as it’s still under the manufacturer warranty, Home Depot will repair your power tools for you free of charge.
While there is an $30 diagnostics fee on each repair, this is refunded if the repair is covered under the warranty. If it’s not under warranty, that $30 will be applied to the final price if they go through with the repair.
Home Depot also offers lifetime warranty on all registered Ridgid tools.
35. Grab a 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.
Some stores have halted these books due to the ongoing pandemic, but it’s definitely worth taking a look at your local Home Depot.
36. Get Home Depot rebates when you scan your receipts with Ibotta.
If you’re planning on making some big purchases, definitely take advantage of Home Depot rebates. You can currently grab 0.5% cash back on online orders through Ibotta. This might not sound like much, but it’ll help cover your sales tax for a major purchase.
37. Grab cheaper Home Depot gift cards online.
38. Teachers and other government employees can get their Home Depot haul 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.
39. Complete The Home Depot survey for a chance to win $5,000.
Enter the code and password found on the bottom of 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.
40. Don’t expect ongoing rewards with a Home Depot credit card.
New cardholders get $25 off their first purchase of $25 – $299, $50 off a purchase of $300 – $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.