Ways to Save at Lowe’s
Lowe’s is great for all of us DIY kind of people – we are already saving money by foregoing contractors and their need to feed their families. But even if we are not much into construction projects that include more than an occasional painting job, we might still wander into Lowe’s to look for appliances or ceiling fans. Either way, we have a few secrets about saving money every time you need to buy something at the hardware store. Read on and keep them in mind:
- Price matching
Lowe’s will honor competitor’s price and will add another 10% off to make you feel even better. Another tip – Home Depot does it too. If you have an item picked out, make sure you know what similar retailers charge for it before heading to Lowe’s, and have a proof.
Lowe’s will even match Amazon price, but the cost of shipping and handling will have to be included, so it might not always be worthy unless you have free shipping deal.
- Competitor coupons
Each store’s manager will have the deciding power here, so it’s not a universal rule when it comes to competitor coupons. It does not hurt to ask though, especially when chances are pretty high that your Ace Hardware or Sears coupons will be accepted.
This strategy goes a lot further than flea markets. Lowe’s employees have plenty of authority to negotiate prices on floor models, damaged items, and open boxes. Always inspect your boxes and be polite about asking for discount on any damaged items. Most of the time you’ll get it.
- Online sales in the store
The store is huge and it’s almost impossible to keep track of all the deals that might be going on. Be smart about it and check Lowe’s “Savings” section on their website before heading to the store. There are plenty of deals going on every day. To make your life even easier, the deals fall into categories, such as outdoors, tools, paint, and similar, so you’ll find everything you might need without wasting time.
- Buy in bulk
You don’t have to be a contractor to find buying in bulk useful. Chances are you are not just changing part of your bathroom floor or painting one wall. Most projects take quite a bit of supplies, so find out what quantities of the things you need qualify for bulk discounts and consider taking advantage of that.
Look for supplies with “Contractor Pack” labels in the store and save. One useful tip: painting supplies, light bulbs, and furnace filters often are in this category.
- Get online price in the store
Yes, you guessed it – some items can be priced lower online, but you can get the same price in the store. Lowe’s Price Protection guarantees that you will never overpay if you buy online and pick up in the store.
Decorations and similar seasonal items are often cheaper online, so again, take some time to investigate and save.
- Moving coupons
We don’t suggest pretending, but you can, or at least use this chance to save if you are really moving. Get a free movers/change-of-address packet from your local post office and search for discounts. The packet usually has 10% off coupon from Lowe’s. You might have to register the coupon online and use it just once, unless you will become crafty with addresses.
- 5% off with credit card
If you have a big project coming up, consider signing up for the credit card and get 5% off the big order. One thing though – Lowe’s offers special financing on orders of $250+, but you can’t get your 5% off together with this financing, so you’ll have to make a choice.
- Veteran discount
Active and retired military personnel, veterans with 20 years of service, and their family members get 10% off, with some exclusion. All retired veterans, even with less than 20 years of service, can enjoy this discount on Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veteran’s Day, but not other days. Despite this official policy, some veterans report receiving the discount any time of the year.