Whether you’re fixing a leaky faucet, mulching a flower bed or stocking up on lightbulbs, chances are you’re heading to your local Home Depot. The big box home improvement chain is in every state — plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands — and each of its 2,300-plus stores is like a destination. Think aisles and aisles of neatly organized tools, gardening supplies, paint, appliances, outdoor furniture and more, all housed within sprawling hangar-like spaces. You could easily spend an entire day just wandering the aisles.
If the assortment of products draws you into the store, the competitive prices will keep you coming back. And with regular sales, price matching, military discounts and other programs, there are plenty of other opportunities to trim costs. Here, we rounded up some of our favorite ways to save at Home Depot.
1. Get a Home Depot Price Match
Before you buy, check if the items in your cart are being sold for less at another store. With its Low Price Guarantee, Home Depot price matches its competitors. In fact, it will match the price of any other retailer (most other retailers price match to only specific competitors). There are some exceptions to this policy, such as discounted items, special order products and seasonal merchandise, so be sure to read the fine print. For in-store purchases, bring the competitor’s ad, printout, or photo with you to the register for validation.
Does Home Depot Do Price Adjustments After Purchase?
Yes. If you buy something from Home Depot and then Home Depot lowers its price, you can sometimes get a retroactive price adjustment. In fact, we just called The Home Depot to confirm the details (because this information is not available on its website). There are some terms to be aware of:
- You have 30 days to request a Home Depot price adjustment after purchase.
- The Home Depot does not do after-purchase price adjustments on other retailers. You can request a price adjustment after purchase ONLY if the price falls at Home Depot itself.
- Home Depot does not do price adjustments from store to online or online to store. The lower price you found must match the way you made the original purchase (online or in store).
- If you made the purchase in a store: Go to customer service with your receipt and request a price adjustment. You MUST make your request at the same store from which you originally made the purchase. Home Depot does not do price adjustments store-to-store.
- If you made a purchase online: Call 800-430-3337 (select the option for “Online,” — that was option 2 when we last called).
2. Save With RetailMeNot Discounts and Cash Back
RetailMeNot offers Home Depot coupons and cash back on purchases. Cash back is easy to earn and use. Think of it as getting paid to shop: You’ll earn a percentage back on your purchase, which you can then redeem via Venmo or PayPal. Just tap the Home Depot cash back offer you want, and you’ll start earning.
If that all sounds like a lot of effort, our free Deal Finder browser extension will automatically combine Home Depot promo codes and cash back offers while you shop so you get the best possible deals. Add the free extension to any Chrome browser to get started.
3. Buy Discounted Home Depot Gift Cards
4. Look for Yellow Price Tags
When an item goes on clearance, Home Depot gives it a yellow price tag. Look at the price: If it ends in a .06, that means there are six weeks left before it’s marked down again, according to MyDomaine. If the price ends in a .03, they will clear the item out after three weeks, and this is the lowest price it will be.
5. Browse the End of the Aisles
Shopping in the store? Pay attention to the ends of the aisles, also known as end caps. This prime real estate typically houses an assortment of discounted products.
6. Enroll in a Subscription Service
If you regularly buy certain products from Home Depot, consider signing up for a subscription. You save 5% on purchases, and delivery and returns are free. There are no membership fees, and you can pause the subscription any time. This is a great option for products that won’t go bad and that you’re always running out of (think cleaning solutions, trash bags and batteries).
7. Check the Online Savings Center
Think of Home Depot’s dedicated Savings Center as a one-stop-shop for deals that you’ll want to bookmark immediately. This is where you’ll find the latest discounted products and bargains on bulk and overstock items. You can also shop for sales by department.
8. Catch a Special Buy of the Day
Much like Amazon’s Lightning Deals, Home Depot offers a Special Buy of the Day. You can find discounts on everything from kitchen products to rugs and free delivery. One recent deal saw the price of select grills and smokers slashed by $50.
9. Sign up for Home Depot’s Emails and Get $5 Off
When you give Home Depot your email address, you’ll receive a coupon for $5 off your next $50 in-store purchase. You’ll also receive special promotions, offers, how-to projects and design ideas. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Home Depot homepage to sign up and get your coupon.
10. Get the Home Depot Military Discount
All active duty military, veterans and their spouses get 10% off Home Depot purchases, up to $400 throughout the year at Home Depot. The Home Depot military discount is available online or in stores. To get it online, you’ll need to verify your identity via SheerID. Veterans who aren’t in those categories may only be eligible for the military discount during national holidays, such as Memorial Day, July 4 and Veterans Day. Check with your local store for more details.
11. Rent Tools Instead of Buying
If you are in need of a tool that you’ll use one time (or just rarely), consider renting it instead of buying it. Home Depot’s tool rental department includes sanders, nail guns, pressure washers, carpet cleaners and more. Not only are you paying less than you’d pay for buying outright, but you’ll conserve space in your garage, shed or closet.
Renting tools is also a good way to try something out before you buy it.
12. Buy Used Tools
Does your next home improvement project require pricey tools? Consider buying used rental tools from Home Depot instead. Every tool is tested and inspected by technicians before it’s sold. Just enter your ZIP code to see what’s available in your area.
13. Shop Seasonally
If you can, hold off making big-ticket purchases until a major sale. Home Depot’s weekly ads contain details on upcoming sales in your area. You can also get can’t-miss deals during long weekends and holidays (such as Presidents Day or Memorial Day). Another strategy: Pick up seasonal merchandise, such as outdoor patio furniture or Halloween decor, just after the season ends, when discounts are deep.
14. Look for Appliance Savings + Shop Appliance Clearance Deals
Finding a deal on a big-ticket purchase (like a new fridge, washer or dryer) is a smart way to save because even a modest percentage off can yield significant savings. Home Depot traditionally offers appliance discounts on three-day holiday weekends, as well as during its Black Friday sale. You can get up to 40% off if you buy multiple appliances at the same time.
Another way to save? Shop in stores to find clearance appliances on sale. Clearance pricing is available in stores only, so check your local Home Depot for deals.
15. Shop the Wood Scraps Bin
Home Depot will cut wood to specific lengths. Leftover pieces often end up in a scrap bin, and that wood is typically sold for significantly less.
16. Save on “Oops Paint”
When people aren’t happy with the paint color they ordered, their “oops paint” gets discounted for other buyers. While there may not be enough paint for, say, a large room (and selection varies), you may have enough to give a small piece of furniture a fresh coat of paint. Oops paint is generally located in the paint section, often on a shelf near the end of an aisle. Can’t find it? Ask someone at the paint desk.
17. Get Free Home Depot Shipping and Delivery
Save on shipping fees when you order online. Home Depot offers free delivery on most orders over $45, and there’s free standard delivery on appliance purchases of $396 or more. You can also choose the Pick Up In-Store option, which allows you to order online and then grab your item at the nearest Home Depot in two hours, thus skipping shipping charges.
18. Return (Some) Dead Plants
Home Depot provides a one-year guarantee on perennials, trees and shrubs. If your perennials, trees or shrubs don’t survive a season, bring them back — and the store will replace them with a new one. For the easiest return, keep the receipt and the packaging.
19. Buy the Floor Model
Home Depot sometimes provides discounts on floor model items, such as patio furniture, grills, lawnmowers and snowblowers. Even though they’ve been sitting out, the floor models are often perfectly fine.
20. Sign up for Free Workshops
Home Depot offers free workshops in stores and online. Check with your local store for details. The advice you glean from these workshops can set you up for success in your next project, whether it’s gardening or remodeling. And that can help ensure you don’t waste money on mistakes.
21. Check the Home Depot Local Ad
You can check your store’s local ad online. This will alert you to current sales as well as free workshops.
22. Use Home Depot’s Free Project Calculator
Don’t waste money and time by over-ordering on supplies. Whether you need tiles, moving boxes or mulch, use this free calculator to get things right on the first shot. Not only will you reduce the chance that you’ll order too much, you’ll save money on that extra, say, mulch delivery if you didn’t order quite enough.
23. Take Advantage of Free Kids’ Workshops and Kits
Pick up your free Home Depot Kids’ Kit at a store (pickup times and days vary). You’ll learn basic DIY skills. You can also purchase the kit online for under $5.
24. Check out the Home Depot Rebate Center
If you’re shopping for major appliances, swing by the Home Depot Rebate Center to view products that qualify for money back. Using the rebate search function, you can filter rebate items by category, brand and location. Right now, for example, you can get $2,500 back on dishwashers, refrigerators and ovens.
25. Sign up for Home Depot Emails or Texts and Get $5 Off
Sign up for the Home Depot email or text list and get $5 off your next purchase of $50. Besides that quick-and-easy discount, being on Home Depot’s mailing list will help ensure you never miss out on a sale or discount.
26. Sign up for Decor Emails and Get a Home Depot 10% off Coupon
Enter your name and contact info to receive 10% off on select furniture, home decor items, and bedding and bath purchases. You can also enter your physical mailing address to receive the Home Depot Decor catalog, which is also full of budget-friendly ideas and that very valuable coupon.
27. Know the Best Home Depot Sales to Shop
As a home goods store, Home Depot generally throughs sales on three-day weekends like Memorial Day and Labor Day. You’ll also reliably find good deals around Father’s Day, too, as tool sets and power tools are traditional gifts for Dad.
Some of the biggest Home Depot Sales of the year:
The Home Depot Black Friday Sale
You might not think of Home Depot as a destination for doorbusters, but hear us out: It’s got really good Black Friday deals. And its sale is also one of the longest. During the pandemic, it started kicking off Black Friday deals about a month early, and it’s stuck to that — the Home Depot Black Friday 2023 sale’s start date is Nov. 1.
The best Home Depot Black Friday deals include appliances (especially appliance bundles), holiday decor, storage and home security. Check the Home Depot Black Friday ad for specifics.
The Home Depot Memorial Day Sale
Shopping for the big stuff, like patio furniture, grills and appliances? The Home Depot Memorial Day sale has plenty of savings. In the past, we’ve seen up to $400 off outdoor furniture sets, up to 40% off major appliances and up to 30% off outdoor power tools.
The Home Depot Father’s Day Sale
Whether you’re shopping for Dad or for yourself, you’ll find deals like up to $100 off grills, up to $150 off outdoor power equipment, 30% off smart home products, and even free-tool-with-purchase offers.