Pandemic DIY home projects are a great way to stay busy and productive at home, but it gets pricey quick. Solution? Take advantage of Lowe’s discounts and save some cash.
There’s a few ways to do that, like using Lowe’s coupons or leveraging Lowe’s price matching policy for a better bargain.
1. Take advantage of Lowe’s shipping, delivery, and pickup options if you don’t want to shop in-store.
Lowe’s offers several ways for you to continue shopping at a distance, like:
- Free shipping on orders $45 or more
- Free store pickup for your online orders
- Free local appliance delivery (doesn’t include installation or haul away)
2. Download the Lowe’s app to make online shopping easier.
The Lowe’s app makes it easier to shop on the go, plus you can do nifty things on it like messaging your local store when you’re on the way to pick up your order.
3. Shop the Deal of the Day for daily bargains.
Lowe’s Deal of the Day goes live everyday until supplies last. In August 2020 when I looked, they offered an Eyerly Chrome Drum Pendant Light (reg. $89.98) for $49.98 ($40 in savings!).
4. Shop the online NFL fan shop to get stocked up for the 2020 season.
Love NFL, but lacking some team spirit in your home? Then be sure to shop Lowe’s NFL fan shop, where you’ll find NFL decorations for your home, tailgate and lawn.
5. Return dead plants, shrubs and perennials for up to one year.
Read: If you’re not a green thumb and you tend to kill planty things, just bring your dead plant back (along with your receipt or barcode sticker for proof of purchase). You’ll get store credit you can use to buy a new one.
Note that you can also return distressed plants for up to one year (assuming they’re not final sale), but you’ll still need your receipt, and you’ll only get back what you paid for it.
6. Get wood scraps from Lowe’s lumber department and start your next DIY project.
At my Lowe’s, the scraps are located behind the lumber-cutting machine, and my store either has scraps or they don’t. When they do have scraps, I can get three-foot 2×2’s for a couple bucks. I recommend making friends with your lumber department to see if you can haggle the lowest price possible.
Once you score some lumber, be sure to check out Lowe’s DIY Projects and Ideas page for inspiration (unless you’re a master carpenter!).
7. Or enlist Lowe’s Installation services to DIFY.
Lowe’s Installation services comes with a one-year labor guarantee and special financing options, so you can have them DIFY (Do It For You) like building that new tree house for your kids without breaking your back (or budget).
8. Use manufacturer coupons at Lowe’s.
I’m not saying you’ll get stock-up prices on Tide at Lowe’s when you use your coupons there, but in a pinch, you’ll get a discount. Same goes for Clorox, Bounty or any other brands Lowe’s carries that also issue manufacturer coupons.
Sad news though — Lowe’s doesn’t accept competitor coupons, (just like Home Depot.)
Find manufacturer coupons for top brands Lowe’s sells:
9. Check clearance inventory at other Lowe’s stores using BrickSeek.
This is a must-do if you’re trying to scrounge up all the clearance laminate flooring of a certain color in your city.
You know those end-caps that sometimes have one box of subway tiles? Or a carton of flooring? Use BrickSeek to hunt for more. Enter the product UPC or code and BrickSeek will tell you which Lowe’s has inventory and how much. Save yourself a trip to a Lowe’s that has zero, or be the first to a Lowe’s that has the most.
10. Ask for a competitor’s price (or a Lowes.com price) in-store.
Lowe’s will price match competitors on identical items only. They’ll also price match Lowes.com if you find a better price online, but want to pick it up same-day. They won’t match clearance items or installation quotes.
PRO TIP: Lowe’s won’t beat competitors by 10% anymore. As of early 2017, this perk ended. Home Depot still offers to beat competitors by an additional 10%. But I’ve found that Home Depot and Lowe’s carry different brands for the most part, making price-matching difficult. RIP 110% price matching.
11. Use the Lowe’s military discount for 10% off your total.
Military discounts are available for all active-duty and retired veterans. Every day, no exceptions! Lowe’s honors service members with a 10% off military discount program, but you can’t stack this discount with any others, so choose the best deal or separate your transactions.
For example, you could price match a tool that Ace Hardware sells for cheaper, or use a coupon on it, pay for that and then use your military discount for e paint, brushes, or anything else you buy in a separate transaction.
Also, Lowe’s now offers military discounts for MyLowe’s members for online purchases. Starting September 1, 2020, they will only offer the discount to MyLowe’s members for in-store purchases as well.
12. Save up to 80% when you buy paint from the “mistint shelf.”
Granted, you won’t be able to paint the whole inside of your house using paint from the mistint shelf, (shelf of paint rejected paint that the customer wasn’t happy with) but you could finish a project or two using a $30 gallon of paint marked down to $9. Or a $12 quart for $2.50.
13. Use the online Lowe’s Rebate Center to save up to $500 on large appliances.
You can save hundreds of dollars when you buy items that qualify for a rebate. These are brand-new, large-ticket items that come with a $500-off rebate. Your rebate comes in the form of a prepaid Visa card, and deals look like “Get $500 when you buy two LG laundry (or kitchen) appliances.”
If you’re making a big purchase, check the Lowes Rebate Center online to see if you can get a deal.
14. Look for contractor discounts online and in store to save up to 50% off.
In-store you’ll find “Contractor Packs” with yellow signage, or you can shop Lowe’s Contractor Packs online, too.
As the name implies, these discounts are intended for contractors who bulk order materials for job sites, but if you’re installing your own DIY fence as a pandemic project, you’ll save anywhere from 5% – 50% off the total if you buy all at once — and you don’t have to be a contractor. You can also visit Lowe’s for Pros to see even more deals on materials and products.
Here’s an example of a great deal on fencing I found in July 2020:
Buy 240 get 5% off Contractor Pack
Save: $19, or 5%
15. Sign up for a Lowe’s credit card to get 5% savings if you’re planning an expensive project.
I signed up for the credit card when we bought a 1950’s fixer upper and I knew we had tons of remodeling in our future.
If you know you’re going to be making multiple purchases over $100 in a year (or a couple years), you’re an ideal candidate for the Lowe’s card. Otherwise, I’d pass.
16. You can shop Special Value items online now.
Now, you can find Special Value deals online. Don’t assume just because something is labeled as “Special Value” that it’s a killer deal, though. Always do the math on these items, because while sometimes the savings margin is good, other times, it’s negligible.
For example, if you do the math and realize a “Special Value!” item offers a savings of 40%, jump on it — that’s a great savings margin. But if something is only 10% off, I’d be less excited, although I might buy it if it’s something I need anyway.
17. Yellow tags that say “Clearance” indicate permanent markdowns.
When you see “Clearance” on a yellow price tag, it’s a great time to buy. This is a permanent markdown.
18. Yellow price tags that say “New Lower Price” are 60-day temporary markdowns.
Lowe’s doesn’t have traditional “sales,” but they have yellow price tags that indicate sale-ish pricing. They are labeled with “New Lower Price.” These are items that previously had white “Everyday Low Price” tags but for a period of 60 days were marked down, slightly.
At the end of the 60 days, corporate decides if they want to keep the item at the lower price based on market pricing overall for each item.
If they decide to keep it, associates change the price tag to white indicating “Everyday Low Price” (or full price). The once marked-down price becomes the new regular price.
If corporate decides to return it to its original, higher price, it still gets a white tag, but with the higher price it was before it went on sale for 60 days.
Markdowns on these items aren’t very exciting. You’ll get maybe 7% savings — maybe. Five percent is more likely.
19. White “Everyday Low Price” tags are full-price items.
These are the tags you see most often around the store.
20. Look for clearance shelves with “rescue” or distressed plants and save up to 80%.
These plants (ornamental grasses, bushes, annuals) are all final sale and require a lot of TLC in order to get them to thrive. But the savings are so good, it’s worth a try.
21. Buy large appliances when they’re 40% off during Black Friday.
Large appliances, like refrigerators or washers and dryers, hit 30% off in August, but I would hold out until Black Friday when they reach 40% off.
22. Or look for returned or slightly damaged large appliances to save up to 55%.
You can usually find tons of refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens and washer/dryers with minimal issues (like dents) marked WAY down. But the returned items are also up to 55% off with no visible damage.
23. Ask for a 10% discount on floor-model appliances, lawn mowers or patio furniture.
Your mileage may vary with this one, depending on your store and your store manager’s mood. But if all other avenues for saving on that new fridge or ride-on lawnmower end up being a bust, it never hurts to ask. Point out any imperfections and ask politely.
24. Take advantage of free delivery on large appliances if you live within 75 miles of a Lowe’s.
Refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and washer/dryers qualify for free delivery. Lowe’s will also relocate your old appliance to somewhere else in your house for free. But installation and setup of the new appliance costs extra. If you need Lowe’s to haul away or recycle old appliances, they’ll do so for a $30 fee.
25. Get cheap gardening supplies during the Spring Black Friday Sale in April.
You’ll get about a dollar off tomato plants and certain perennials. You’ll also find 20% off garden equipment like wheelbarrows and 40% savings on mulch and fertilizer.
26. Wait to buy outdoor furniture and decor when it hits 75% off in September.
Patio furniture is marked 50% off in July, but if you can wait until September, you’ll get another 25% off as a reward for your patience. The absolute last summer clearance sale is in September, and all outdoor furniture and decor is marked down to 75% off.
27. Buy power tools at 50% off during the Father’s Day Event in June.
Even if you’re not buying for Dad, you should plan to buy power tools like saws, drills and compressors at the beginning of June. The other time of year to get great power tool deals is during the Black Friday Five (the week leading up to Black Friday) when you can get them up to 50% off.
28. Shop for Christmas items on December 26th to save up to 50%.
Holiday decor gets marked down to 30% off mid-December, but if selection is good and you can wait, hold out until the day after Christmas when most holiday items reach 50% off.
29. Check RetailMeNot for coupons and discounts on specific items.
Most of RetailMeNot’s discounts are item-specific like 40% off a tile purchase, or 50% off vanities, but there are so many products listed, you should be able to find something useful.
30. Always use discounted gift cards from Gift Card Granny to save an extra 5-8%.
31. Buy Build and Grow kits to do at home if you miss the Build and Grow program.
Lowe’s ended their free Build and Grow kids’ workshop program at the end of 2017.
In its place, Lowe’s is marketing DIY crafts for kids. You can buy these at the cash wrap in-store for $7.98-$9.98 — they’re wooden projects like an airplane or a grave digger that kids can put together at home. Or, shop for Build and Grow kits online if you want to avoid the store.
32. Ask Lowe’s to cut your lumber. They’ll do it for free.
They’ll only make straight cuts on 2×4, 2×6, etc. They can’t cut 4×4, 4×6 or 6×6 posts. But have them cut all the 2x4s!
33. Return your item for up to 90 days, even without a receipt.
If you use a credit card, Lowe’s can look it up and find your receipt to refund your money. You’ll get store credit if you paid with cash or check, or if you don’t have your receipt.
Exceptions to the 90-day return policy include holiday items which must be returned in the current holiday (example: if you buy something during the Christmas season, you have until Dec. 26th to return it). And large appliances only have a 30-day return period.
34. Text (704) 313-1818 to ask Lowe’s a question instead of calling customer service.
Hate talking on the phone? Text Lowe’s your question!
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