Whether you’re finishing your basement, fixing a leaky bathroom faucet or trying your hand at built-in bookshelves for your family room, Lowe’s is your one-stop-shop for all things home improvement related. While it can be super-easy to spend a ton of cash there, it’s also just as easy to save. Here’s how.
1. Wait for Things to Go on Sale
If you can, it pays to wait for the bigger items you need to go on sale at the home repair superstore … because they inevitably will. Beginning of the year sales, for example, included up to 40% on bathroom essentials like toilets and sink basins, as well as up to 40% off select custom kitchen cabinets when you spent $3,500 or more.
2. Apply for a Lowe’s Credit Card
This is a great trick for saving money at Lowe’s!! If you’ll be shopping here enough and you can pay the credit card off on time (the APR is a variable 26.99%, so this strategy only really works if you can absolutely pay your bill on time), apply for the Lowe’s credit card. New cardholders can pick from between 5% off items every day or six months of special financing with a $299 minimum purchase.
Just be sure your credit can handle an inquiry before you apply. You can see where you stand by viewing your free credit report summary, updated every 14 days, on Credit.com.
3. Shop Their Exclusive One-Day Deals
Be sure to check the site for Lowe’s one-day only deals, which are good for that day only and while supplies last.
4. Peruse Their Shop Savings Section
Lowe’s adds new discounted items every week to their Savings section, and deals generally last for a couple days or, even, up to a few months.
5. Check Out Their Weekly Ad
Make sure you use this tip for saving money at Lowe’s!! Search through your local paper or check online for the Lowe’s Weekly Ad for savings on items that generally last through that week only.
6. Take a Look at Clearance Items
Use the clearance section of the site to find even more discounts on items like cleaning supplies, flooring, home décor and more. Some items are up to 75% off, but the deals generally expire, so check back frequently for what you need.
7. Submit for a Rebate
Many Lowe’s products come with rebate offers, especially if they’re energy-efficient products. The store makes it easy to find out which products will save you a little cash — just check out the current rebates section on the site and submit an online application if your product applies. You can check the status of your rebates there, too.
8. Sign Up for Their Email Newsletter
Submit your email for the Lowe’s newsletter to get the weekly ad, exclusive offers and promotions, sneak peaks of upcoming events and more, directly to your inbox.
9. Join Their Garden Club
Sign up for Lowe’s Garden Club and you’ll receive an email every week with special promotions and offers, as well as gardening plans, advice and more.
10. Never Miss a Sale When You Follow Lowe’s on Social Media
11. Get a Price Match
Lowe’s guarantees everyday competitive pricing. As such, if you find a competitor offering a lower price on an identical item, bring in the competitor’s current ad and Lowe’s match. Read their policy for more details.
12. Use Online Price Protection
If you’re already in the store, be sure to check online to see if the item you want is cheaper there before heading to the checkout line. You can shop for your Lowe’s products online to receive the lower of the online store price or the price at your local Lowe’s store. Or, select “store pickup” to order your items online and pick them up in your local store later, thus avoiding the shipping fee —unless you have $49 or more in items, in which case shipping is free.
13. Ask for a Military Discount
If you currently serve in the armed services or are a retired veteran, you and your immediate family receive a 10% discount. Check here for the stipulations.
14. Load Up on Free Services
While it’s not an immediate way to save, taking advantage of all the workshops and personalized services offered at Lowe’s is a great way to ensure you do your project right, which will save you time and money in the long run. Check out a full list of in-store services, including workshops, clinics and other services, on Lowe’s website.
15. Buy Gift Cards at a Discount
Shop sites, such as Ebay, to purchase Lowe’s gift cards at a discounted price.
16. Install a Coupon Aggregator on Your Computer
Never miss another online coupon or savings offer when you install a coupon aggregate collector, like Honey, on your computer. The search engine will automatically look for discounts at your time of online checkout and could score you even more in savings.
17. Ask When a Sidewalk Sale Is Happening
A couple times a year you’ll notice that Lowe’s has a ton of items out on the sidewalk. These items are often on sale big-time, and their sidewalk sale happens a couple times a year, so be sure you don’t miss it.
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