16 ingenious Home Depot hacks you wish you already knew

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Doing home improvements are a necessary evil (or particular joy) of home ownership, and all of those improvements can get expensive in a hurry. If you want to save some time and more than a little money, you’ll want to check out this clever hacks for shopping at the Home Depot.
Keep reading to find out simple ways you can save some major cash when your next project rolls around.

1. Price match guarantee
Home Depot offers a generous price match guarantee. If you find a lower price at a competing store, you’ll get the competitor’s price plus an extra 10 percent off. This does not apply to online purchases.

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2. Save on bulk purchases
Spending more than $1,000 on a project? Ask for a discount. Most stores will offer 20 percent off of purchases of about $1,000 or more. Head to the Pro Desk and ask.

3. Repair your tools free
If the saw your purchased goes caput, Home Depot will file a claim and repair it free, if it’s still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. No need to send that saw somewhere else!

4.Save money on a rental truck
Try renting your moving truck on the Home Depot website to save 10 percent. If you’re in the military or have AAA you could save an additional 10 percent too.
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5. Don’t buy, Rent
Do you really need to spend $200 on a power washer when you’re only going to use it once a year? Home Depot lets you rent most equipment by the hour, day, week and month.

6. Get discounts on scrap pieces/recycled pieces of wood
You aren’t going to get scrap pieces of wood free from Home Depot, according to The Straight Dope, but you could get scrap and recycled pieces at a steep discount.

7. Look for clearance tags ending in $.03
These prices are almost as low as you’ll find the item. They may drop another 3 cents before they’re pulled off the shelf.
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8. Return dead plants within 1 year
Most Home Depot trees and plants have a one-year guarantee. If the snuff it within a year you can take them back to the store for a replacement or refund.

9. If you’re flexible on paint color, you can get it cheap
If you are working on a project and you don’t have a specific color in mind you can get a can of paint for about 75 percent off. Choose from their selection of mistake paints to save a bundle.
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10. Complete a project for the cost of materials
Have fun and get your next project finished with a little help. Home Depot sometimes offers adult workshops. The workshop is free, you just pay for the cost of the material and leave with a cool new item for your house.

11. Shop Damaged
You can save some money if you’re willing to buy a dented paint of can (or even a dented washer). Check the aisles to see if they have any of these items on sale. You can also ask for a discount on items with damaged boxes. Always keep your receipt in case the item doesn’t work.
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12. Plan your projects with a calendar
You can save even more money by shopping for certain items at specific times of the year. For example, Home Depot discounts their bathroom and kitchen items from January to March and paint on holiday weekends. Snag holiday goodies after the holiday for up to 90 percent off!

13. Shop in April for «Black Friday» Deals
Home Depot draws in the crowds for their annual sale that sees steep discounts on landscaping and cleaning items.

14. Rent a trailer
If your big item you found on sale won’t fit in the back of your car or truck, you can rent a trailer for about $20. You just have to return it in about an hour.

15. Save money on taxes
If you’re a teacher you may not have to pay sales tax on your purchase. The tax exemption only applies to items you’ll use in your classroom and you’ll need to have a registration proving your tax exemption. Check the Tax Exempt Registration page for more information.
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16. Don’t miss out on rebates
Check the Home Depot Rebate Center to see if there any items that come with a rebate. Submit the rebate and get cash back.
Keep this list handy the next time you head out to shop at Home Depot to see how much money you can save!

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